Mabel’s Cheesecake

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My mum’s friend Mabel came up with this lovely cheesecake recipe probably 15-20 years ago, and oh my goodness, is it ever good. Like so good that I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. I have friends who dream about this cheesecake, and will scramble to my door to get the first piece. It’s a thing of beauty.

Makes one delicious 9” cheesecake

Crust

300 g of crushed graham crackers or nilla wafers

¼ cup of butter, melted

Filling

¼ cup of sugar

¼ tsp of salt

1 envelope, unflavoured gelatin

¼ cup of milk

2 egg yolks, slightly beaten

1 package (8oz) cream cheese

2 egg whites

1 tsp of vanilla

¼ cup of sugar, reserved

1 cup of whipping cream

Preheat oven to 375°F

Crust

Mix melted butter and graham crackers together, and press onto your pie plate. Bake crust for 5-8 minutes, pull out of the oven, and let it cool to room temperature.

*If you plan on using nilla wafers, or any other cookie for your crust, dump them in a Ziploc bag and pound away with your rolling pin. I like to call this step stress relief.

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Filling

In a saucepan, combine ¼ cup of sugar, salt, and gelatin. Add milk and slightly beaten yolks. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat, and pour over cream cheese, allowing it to soften.

Beat with a hand or stand mixer until smooth, and let it cool slightly.

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Next, combine egg whites and vanilla and beat on high speed until foamy. Gradually add in your ¼ cup of sugar, and continue beating until you have stiff, glossy peaks like so.

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Fold into gelatin mixture.

Beat whipping cream until thick

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…and fold into the gelatin and egg mixture. Spoon into your crust, and chill for at least two hours or overnight.

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Decorate it with whatever fruit you fancy, and serve.

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