How to make your dinner party run just that little bit smoother

Hosting a dinner party can, at times, be an absolute minefield. On New Year’s Eve this year, I agreed to cook dinner for twelve people. After carefully selecting my menu, with relative ease, I reached a sticking point when it came to desert.

strawberry-cheesecakeThe idea of having to bake something, while worrying incessantly about the starter and main course, scared me beyond belief. In an attempt to reduce my stress levels, after playing online casinos from all day) I decided to go for a recipe that was both exceedingly tasty, while also being exceptionally simple.

The individual cheesecakes were served in a wine glass, I prepared them in ten minutes before the guests arrived, and I left them in the fridge until the time was right. It made for a stress free second half to the evening.

The recipe (serves two)

Four shortbread biscuits, 300g of soft cheese, the zest and juice of one lime, three tbsp of icing sugar, 190g of frozen mixed berries, and a few extra for decoration.

The method: It’s as easy as 1,2,3…

  1. Place the biscuits into a zip lock bag and crush with a rolling pin, dividing them between the two wine glasses.
  2. Beat the soft cheese, zest of a lime and two tbsp of icing sugar, until smooth. Divide the resulting mixture between the glasses, on top of the biscuit base.
  3. Defrost and blend half the berries with the juice of the lime and the one tbsp of icing sugar that is left over. Pour the mixture on top of the cheese and decorate with a few whole berries.

It’s really that simple. Then sit back, relax and bring the cheesecakes out when your guests are ready. Simple, tasty and elegant; it’s a desert that your guests will never forget and one that takes some of the headache away from hosting a dinner party.

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