Cheesecake with berries

Ingredients

Balsamic-Thyme Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Thyme, to taste

Graham Cracker Crust

  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Cheesecake

  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic-Thyme Simple Syrup

Berry Sauce

  • 1/2 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Directions

  1. For the balsamic-thyme syrup: combine the vinegar and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, and add the thyme. Cover and set aside to steep for 10 minutes. Strain and reserve.
  2. For the crust: in a medium bowl, combine the lemon zest and juice with the graham cracker crumbs and butter. Mix to combine and press into the bottom of a mold. Set aside.
  3. For the cheesecake: in a bowl, combine the goat cheese and cream cheese. Warm in a microwave until soft.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the cream and simple syrup, and whip to soft peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the softened cheese mixture. Pour into the molds over the crust mixture. Transfer to the freezer until firm.
  5. For the berry sauce, combine the strawberries, blueberries, and sugar in a pot. Bring to a boil over moderate heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the fruit is softened and the juices are thickened, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  6. Unmold the cheesecakes and top with the cooled berry sauce before serving.

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Balsamic of Modena PGI Goat-Cheesecake

Cheesecake with berries
*The Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) is the name of an area, a specific place, or, in exceptional cases, the name of a country, used as a description of an agricultural product, which comes from such an area, place, or country, which has a specific quality, goodwill, or other characteristic property, attributable to its geographical origin, at least one of the stages of production, processing, or preparation takes place in the area. The European Union (EU) will only give a product PGI status if they decide it has a reputation, characteristics, or qualities that are a result of the area you want to associate with. It is the PGI logo that guarantees the consumer about the authenticity of the product they are buying. Balsamic Vinegar of Modena logo

Ingredients

Balsamic-Thyme Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Thyme, to taste
Graham Cracker Crust
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
Cheesecake
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic-Thyme Simple Syrup
Berry Sauce
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Directions

  1. For the balsamic-thyme syrup: combine the vinegar and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, and add the thyme. Cover and set aside to steep for 10 minutes. Strain and reserve.
  2. For the crust: in a medium bowl, combine the lemon zest and juice with the graham cracker crumbs and butter. Mix to combine and press into the bottom of a mold. Set aside.
  3. For the cheesecake: in a bowl, combine the goat cheese and cream cheese. Warm in a microwave until soft.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the cream and simple syrup, and whip to soft peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the softened cheese mixture. Pour into the molds over the crust mixture. Transfer to the freezer until firm.
  5. For the berry sauce, combine the strawberries, blueberries, and sugar in a pot. Bring to a boil over moderate heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the fruit is softened and the juices are thickened, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  6. Unmold the cheesecakes and top with the cooled berry sauce before serving.

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