If you don't have enough time to bake sweets or make chocolate for your special friend, this recipe will not fail you! Cheesecake is everyone's favorite dessert. The best part - this recipe is easy to prepare and gift.
For the Crust:
3/4 cup (85g/3oz.) graham cracker/digestive biscuit/vanilla cookie crumbs*
2 tablespoons (25g) unsalted butter, melted
For the Cheesecake Filling:
1 cup (240ml) heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup (100g/3.5oz.) granulated sugar
8oz (225g) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-2 teaspoons lemon zest, optional
Diced fresh fruit, for topping
Make the crust: In a medium bowl, mix together crumbs and melted butter until combined and crumbs are moistened. Divide evenly between individual serving dishes (about 2 tablespoons per serving dish). Press on the mixture with your fingers to form a crust layer.
Make the filling: In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar, and whisk well until combined and completely smooth (if grainy, beat with an electric mixer until smooth). Add in vanilla and lemon zest. Set aside to let sugar dissolve into the cream cheese. Using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk heavy cream until soft peaks form. Avoid overbeating. Using a spatula, gently fold half of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture, then fold in the other half. Evenly spoon (or pipe using a piping bag) about ½ cup of filling into each serving dish.
Tip: Fill free to top it with any fresh fruits. Also, place it in the fridge for at least one hour before serving (it can last up to 2-3 days).