OK so we know that it actually seems to be getting colder and the icy clutches of winter still seem very firmly upon us. However here on Jersey the climate does tend to be just a spot warmer than the rest of the UK and the first signs of spring tend to hit us a little earlier than our mainland neighbours. And we are happy to report that the first snowdrops have been sighted and there are a number of other green shoots beginning to poke their way up through the frozen ground. Yes, we know that the balmy days of summer are still a long way off, but why not conjure them up early with a slice of this delicious lavender and lemon cheesecake.
- Bash 10 digestive biscuits up into fine crumbs (you can use a food processor for this, but we think it’s much more fun to hit them with a rolling pin!) and mix these with 75g of melted butter. Press the crumbs into the bottom of a 23cm springform cake tin. Pop this into the fridge to set.
- To a bowl add 700g mascarpone cheese, 200g caster sugar, 4 tablespoons of icing sugar, the zest and juice of 2 lemons and 1-2 teaspoons (depending on taste) of our gorgeous dried culinary lavender.
- Gently mix all of the ingredients to combine them, but don’t over beat or the mixture will curdle.
- Spoon the filling onto the base, level the top and leave to set in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Turn out your cheesecake and enjoy a slice of summer with some defrosted summer berries and a generous sprinkling of icing sugar.
Note: We always recommend that you use a specific culinary lavender in any of your yummy edible lavender creations. Here at the Jersey Lavender Farm we harvest our lavender at exactly the right moment to ensure its essential oils are at their most abundant without going too far and beginning to impart a harsher flavour. Also our dried culinary lavender is from our very own lavendula angustifolia variety, which imparts a softer flavour than many other types. It is then air dried to seal in the maximum flavour whilst giving it a fantastic shelf life. It is then sieved so that it is ready to impart the gorgeous subtly floral favour of lavender into your dishes even in the depths of winter.