“ Brand: Waitrose / Type: Cheesecake „
Before going away on my holidays I always try to have a good meal as flying long haul is tiring, and certainly involves a weird pattern of eating at strange hours of the day and night. So with this in mind I planned a light salad and a scrumptious dessert. I bought an Elderflower Cheesecake from Waitrose which I saw in the frozen section, and as this looked light and refreshing I thought it would be delicious to try for the family, without having to create too much kitchen chaos the night before our flight. The cheesecake was £3.99 and I would say that would give you 4 large or 6 average slices, and as 1/6 of the cake is 235 calories it might be prudent to have the smaller portion, though it is delicious and extremely moreish! The presentation of the cheesecake is excellent. The box is a pale pink and white striped wallpaper design, and the front has an image depicting a cheesecake served on a cake stand in all its glory! Now I adore elderflowers and have done all my life. One of my earliest memories is picking them in the lanes in rural Gloucestershire with my grannie and turning them into fritters. Becoming increasingly popular today these quintessentially British hedgerow favourites are making appearances in cordials, and in desserts, and this cheesecake is the best example of this I have had the privilege to taste. On removal from the freezer all you have to do is remove the packaging and to allow to defrost for 3 to 3 1/2 hours in a cool room. Lazy, I know, but sometimes it wins over mountains of dishes creating the same thing. Then you can sample the dessert which I enjoyed with cream. It is especially lovely with goats' cream if you can source this in Waitrose, or Tesco, as this creamy white treat is something which I think is nicer than conventional double or single cream. If you are watching the cholesterol or calories then a good choice is also fresh soya cream made by Alpro, which is as delicious as pouring cream. The cheesecake has a crumbly shortcake base, and is topped with the divine cheesecake which is made from full fat soft cheese. fromage frais and single cream in almost equal proportions. This gives it a light texture but one which is creamy. The elderflower taste is provided by the addition of elderflower cordial, and lemon is also added to enhance the citrus taste. The topping they use is a drizzle of sloe berry made from concentrate obtained from sloe berries, which of course are the companions to elderflowers in the hedgerows around Britain. I love this cheesecake because I think it is innovative and unique. Something different to serve and ideal for summer days. The taste is utterly superb. It is light and refreshing and the elderflower taste is discerned easily making this a very special dessert. The drizzle of sloe berries is a really attractive deep red and this enhances the appearance of the cake, which would otherwise stand simply but slightly stark and bare. This really is one to seek out if, like me, you are a lover of cheesecakes in general. I also think that it would really go well with gooseberry compote if you wanted to add something else to a dinner party. I suppose the negative side is like all desserts it carries a fair few calories, but the fat content is pegged at 9.4 g per 100g which is excellent compared to other commercial cheesecakes such as Gü Chocolate & Vanilla Cheesecake which is a whopping 34g per 100g. If you are looking to serve this on a special occasion then it goes really well with any Sauvignon Blanc wines, especially those from New Zealand such as Oyster Bay. This cheesecake contains gluten and milk so is not suitable for those with these allergies. Perfect however for vegetarians like me! Simple and elegant this dessert is a light and fragrant end to any summer meal and one I will be buying again soon for sure.