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Friday, 16 May 2014

Chocolate berry cheesecake

Having just rejoined slimming world, I thought I would share one of my favourite sweet treats with you all. I did mess up just a little bit with this one. I didn't make anywhere near enough for us all so I got the smallest bowl :) regardless, it satisfied my sweet tooth and the kids munched all theirs with no complaints (even Gareth told me how yummy it was) I made mine seperate as I used bran flakes for the base. Each portion worked out 2 syns each. I have added a slimming world version into the post :)

Ingredients: Serves 2 easily but can be divided into 4 small portions

Tub of quark
4 digestive biscuits 
1 25g sachet of chocolate 
1 tsp butter
1 tbsp sweetener 

Slimming world version
28g bran flakes (Heb) 
1 egg
1 tbsp sweetener 
1 Sachet of options chocolate - 2 syns 


Step one: Make the base 
Place digestives into a bag and tie up. Give them a bash with a rolling pin (or tin in my case :D) to crush up. Place crushed biscuits into a bowl and add the butter. Give it a mix (I ended up using my hands) till the biscuits are covered. Spoon the mixture into a dish and compact down with the back of the spoon. 

Slimming world version : 

Place the crushed brand flakes into a bowl and add the sweetener. Add the egg and mix together till coated. Spoon mixture into a dish and compact down with the back of a spoon, 

Step two: Prepare the cheesecake mix (same for slimming world)

In a seperate bowl, add the quark and the sachet of chocolate and mix together. Spoon this mixture onto your biscuit/ bran flake base. 
* Tip - if you add water to the sachet of chocolate, a little bit at a time to make a thick paste, I find it easier to stir in and a more chocolaty flavour * 

Step 3: Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to set. If you prefer you could put this in the oven for 10 mins, I just prefer it cold. 

And here's the finished product, topped with freshly defrosted frozen berries :) 

Word of warning. the quark can be quite cheesy tasting. I like the taste but to some it's a put off. More sweetener can be added or I have also added flavourings, such as vanilla Essence, orange zest to it before. Any strong flavour will lessen the cheese flavour. 

You can add the berries to the quark if you prefer, but cooked fruit is not syn free. I would imagine mashing them into the quark would not be either. 

Cost to make from scratch (based on how I shop) 

Quark - 89p Tesco
Frozen berries - £1.19 Sainsburys Basics
Egg - £1 for 10-15
Sweetener - £1 Tesco
Sachet of chocolate - 5 for £1 99p shop or 4 for £1 Tesco
Butter - 50p newsagents 
Disgestives - 30p Tesco own / bran flakes - Tesco own. 

The whole treat from scratch would cost maybe £6. However, based on the portions used this treat actually costs roughly £1.50 for 4 people. That's about the price I would buy a cheesecake for! It is however much nicer in my waistline :) 




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