dessert for two: deconstructed lemon curd cheesecake


Following on from one of my posts last week, I now have some lemon and passionfruit curd in the fridge beckoning to be the star of some sort of dessert. Tonight it is dessert for two, and I wanted to make something light, quick and easy so this recipe is a conglomeration of what I had in the fridge and some shortbread I quickly picked up on the way home.

The dessert is a deconstructed cheesecake, which is just a decorative word for taking the different components of a traditional dessert and presenting it your own way on a plate. And the beauty of any deconstructed dessert is there is no right or wrong way in how it is suppose to look, so set your imagination free!

Biscuit Crumble

4 biscuits
1tsp melted butter

  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Put the biscuits in a bag and give it a good bash with a rolling pin until it is finely crumbed.
  • Mix the crumbs with the melted butter and spread in an oven pan.
  • Once the oven is at temperature bake the crumbs for about 5 minutes or until golden.

Note: I used shortbread, but you can use any hard biscuit.


⅓ cup cream cheese
¼ cup light sour cream
1 tbs castor sugar
2 tbs fruit juice
1 gelatine leaf
ziplock bag

  • In a small bowl of water soak the gelatine leaf for a few minutes.
  • Whisk the cream cheese, sour cream and castor sugar until smooth.
  • Heat the juice in the microwave for 20 seconds, remove the gelatine leaf from the water squeezing out the excess water and stir into the warm juice.
  • Wisk the gelatine mixture into the cream cheese mixture, pour into a zip lock bag and put in the fridge for about two hours.

Once the cheesecake mixture is the right consistency you can start assembling your dessert plates. I used lemon curd, but you can use any pureed fruit or even finely chopped fruit such as mango or strawberries. The cheesecake mixture should be of a consistency that you will be able to pipe once you snip off a corner of the ziplock bag.

…be fearless, and have fun!


8 responses to “dessert for two: deconstructed lemon curd cheesecake

  1. What a ridiculously attractive dessert. I also love the de-constructed thing – I had already decided to de-construct my next cheesecake – it’s an idea with which I have dabbled before and it works extremely well! Lovely.


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