Food

Dorm Cooking 101: Ugly Cheesecake

Cheesecake is one of my favorite cakes. I love the fact that two of my favorite foods, sugar and cheese can come together in this amazingly creamy combo. I always thought cheesecake is one of the hardest things to make– mostly because it resembles a souffle of some sort– but I assure you it’s the easiest. If I can make it in my ill equipped university dorm room, so can you. If you’re a university student you probably have lemons, eggs, sugar and even cheese lying around at home.
This recipe is improvised based on what I have, how much I am willing to use and what is available to me. Dorm food is all about being minimalistic, so you don’t need too much more than the basics.

Ingredients

Cheesecake
– 1 package of cream cheese (The regular size, I believe it’s 250g)
– 1 egg
– 1 tablespoon of flour
– 1 teaspoon of baking powder
– 4-5 tablespoons of sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
– 1 graham cracker crust (If you want to make it from scratch, it’s simply 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs & 1 tablespoon of butter. Stir it together until the texture looks like moist sand and press it against your pan. Stick it in the oven at 350 for about 15-20 mins) 

Topping
– 3 tablespoons of sugar
– Juice of half lemon
– Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries (as many as you want)

Beat an egg into the with the flour and sugar and add softened cream cheese. Add vanilla essence. Mix/fold/beat until it is smooth. Mine was lumpy because I’m lazy, so I didn’t bother. Works both ways.
Pour this mixture into the store brought graham cracker crust. I bought it from the store because it’s super easy and I’m lazy. You can also beat/crush biscuits like Digestive, Graham Crackers or Ginger Snaps in a blender or by hand and add some butter and line a baking tray with it for a crust.
Back to the mixture– bake it for about 20 minutes or until the top is firm. When the top is firm, pull it out and stick it in the fridge over night. You can make the topping the night before or the next day, I would suggest next day (as in the day you eat it) because old strawberries do not look as appetizing.
For the topping, heat some butter in a pan and toss the strawberries in. As they soften and a pink liquid forms, add the sugar and lemon juice. You should have a sticky red syrup with strawberries floating in it. It’s pretty easy, don’t go for perfection. Taste it.
Pour this on top of your set cheesecake and enjoy!

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