Hazy Summer days and balmy evenings remind me of my childhood, when mum would lay the table for dinner with the sun streaming through the large, netted windows. The dustmotes would be floating in the air and the table would be laidened with salads, meats, scotch eggs and buttered new potatoes fresh from the pan where they'd been seasoned with salt and mint from the garden. Invariably pudding would be either an arctic roll or a cheesecake.
To me there is nothing more synonymous with Summers and celebrations than cheesecake. It may not be a terribly British dessert, its origins lie in Ancient Greece and more recently in New York, but I do think it's been assimilated into the nation's heart as much as curry and rice!
Fifteen years ago, two friends decided to set up a company creating exquisite cheesecakes of the 'baked' variety. The English Cheesecake Company was born, as was a new generation of cheesecakes. Sumptuous and indulgent, the English Cheesecake Company's cakes are a true work of art in both presentation and the combination of flavours which dissolve in your mouth.
I was sent a box of their limited edition Minis produced to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee:
Have you ever seen a more beautiful selection of cheesecakes? There are three types of cheesecakes included in the Jubilee Minis selection:
- left: Vanilla baked cheesecakes, topped with strawberries and white chocolate drizzle.
- middle: Vanilla baked cheesecake, topped with an edible chocolate Union Jack heart.
- right: Vanilla baked cheesecakes, topped with a decadent dark chocolate fudge sauce and luxurious white, dark and milk chocolate crowns.
The cheesecakes are sized for individual portions and are a filling amount for a pudding, especially as they are so rich and tasty. Regardless of the fact that they are smaller, they are still decorated with care and attention. If you are having a special party to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, then I would recommend investing in these show-stoppers.
The Jubilee Minis are available from the English Cheesecake Company directly.
I was sent these samples for the purpose of this review, my opinion is honest and unbiased.