We asked Efrat Libfroind to share her easiest version of cheesecake with our readers (notice it’s the easy recipes people love to make the most?)
Recipe by Efrat Libfroind
Cups Filled with Berries and Cheese
Make these now and freeze until you need them.
- Berry Sauce:
- 1 cup blended raspberries (use strawberries or blueberries if unavailable with a hechsher)
- ½ cup strawberries, blended
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 ½ ounces (100 grams) white chocolate, chopped
- 3 ½ ounces (100 grams or 7 tablespoons) butter, cubed
- Cheese filling:
- 1 (approx. 8 ounce) container 9% Quark soft cheese
- 1 8 oz sour cream
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- Prepare the sauce. In a saucepan, combine pureed berries and sugar. Bring to a boil. Place butter and white chocolate in a tall vessel or glass. Pour berry mixture over it. Using an immersion blender, blend to combine.
- Pour ½-1 inch of berry sauce into individual cups. Place in freezer to set for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the cheese mixture. In a large bowl, combine Quark cheese, sour cream, and sugar.
- In a saucepan, bring heavy cream and milk to a boil. Pour over cheese mixture. Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. Add a layer of the cheese mixture over the berry mixture in each cup. Let set in the refrigerator for 1 hour
- Once set, you can pipe additional cheese mixture on top as a garnish. These cups can be frozen for up to one month. Serve
semi frozenor very cold.
And what about that garnish? Some of you asked and Efrat told us that it’s really simpler than it looks! Simply whip your usual meringue (Efrat uses equal parts egg whites, sugar, and confectioners’ sugar, but any French-style meringue will work). Spread it thin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat (silicone mat). Bake at a low temperature (200-225F) until dry. Break into shards.
About Efrat Libfroind:
Renowned pastry chef Efrat Libfroind is the author of “Kosher Elegance” and “Efrat Libfroind Entertains.” As a graduate of elite European cooking schools, her food and pastry designs are one-of-a-kind and award-winning. She is also the owner of a French pastry company and publisher of the Israeli culinary magazine, “Buffet.” In the United States, her recipes appear regularly in Ami Magazine’s Whisk. Her courses, where she teaches her craft, are sought after, both in Israel and the U.S.