250g strawberries, hulled and chopped, plus about 200g/8oz extra to decorate
finely grated zest of half a lemon
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp golden caster sugar, or more to taste
the biscuits in a plastic bag and crush them to fine crumbs with a
rolling pin. Tip into a bowl and stir in the melted butter, mixing
thoroughly so that all the crumbs are soaked. Now tip the mixture into a
loose-bottomed 24cm round cake tin, at least 5cm deep, and press down
with the back of a metal spoon to make an even layer over the bottom of
the tin. Chill in the fridge while you make the filling.
the gelatine leaves in a dish of cold water, and leave to soak and
soften for 5 minutes. Pour the single cream into a pan and bring just to
the boil, then take off the heat. Take the gelatine leaves out of the
water, give them a good squeeze to get rid of excess water, and stir one
by one into the cream (they will dissolve instantly). Leave to cool for
a few minutes.
the cheese in a bowl with the sugar, lemon zest and juice until smooth
and creamy. Mix in the cream and gelatine mixture and the chopped
another bowl, lightly whip the whipping or double cream so it falls in
soft peaks, then fold it into the strawberry mixture. Whisk the egg
white in a clean bowl until it forms stiff peaks, then fold gently into
the cheese mixture. Pour into the cake tin and smooth down lightly.
Chill for at least 21⁄2 hours until set.
make the sauce, blitz all the ingredients in a food processor or
blender. Taste and add more sugar if needed, then pour into a jug and
keep in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. (Both cheesecake and
sauce can be made a day ahead.)
serve, run a knife between the cheesecake and the tin to loosen it,
remove it from the tin, then take it off its base and put it on a
serving plate. Halve the extra strawberries lengthways, pile them in the
middle and serve with the jug of sauce.