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Secret to Great Desert Toppings
Rasberry and Blueberry topped cheese cake with Cape Crystal Brands agar agar

The Secret for Great Cheesecake Toppings

Nothing beats a classic dessert like cheesecake. However, most cheesecake aficionados聽would agree that no cheesecake is complete without its berry topping. When you top a cheesecake with such a fruity compote, it can turn a plain cheesecake into an extraordinary one. But very often, adding that special fruit-flavored topping聽over cheesecake can be inconsistent. Even worse,聽the topping eventually waters down the surface of that perfect filling you worked so hard for. But never fear! We have the secret to perfect cheesecake toppings every time and it is so simple to create. By adding agar agar powder, a mixed berry compote transforms into a delicious layer of fruity flavor that sits evenly atop any luscious cheesecake. Agar agar sets more firmly than gelatin and can withstand very high temperatures without melting. Agar agar is also free of all animal products, as well as gluten, wheat, corn, soy, and yeast. With a little agar agar powder the jelly layer of this mixed berry cheesecake sets beautifully, has that sweet/tart balance and a great gel-like consistency. Better yet, the filling is rich, not too dense and the crust offers that toasty, honey infused note that is signature of all cheesecakes. Here is our secret recipe . . . bon app茅tit.

Step 1: Mixed Berry Topping

Mixed berry topping

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 4 cups of mixed berries, fresh or frozen

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 3 tablespoons water

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 3 tablespoons honey

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 teaspoon Cape Crystal Brands agar agar powder

Cooking down berries for Rasberry and Blueberry topped cheese cake with Cape Crystal Brands agar agar

1. 聽 聽 While the cheesecake is baking, place the聽 berries in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

2.聽聽聽聽聽聽 Reduce to a simmer and let simmer on low for 8-10 minutes.

3.聽聽聽聽聽聽 Pour into a strainer placed over a bowl and gently press the berries to extract their juices. Set aside the berry pulp.聽

4.聽 Add the remaining ingredients for the topping and stir.

5.聽聽聽聽聽 Return to the saucepan and bring to a boil.

6.聽聽聽聽聽聽 Reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for 1 minute.聽

Berry topping for Rasberry and Blueberry topped cheese cake with Cape Crystal Brands agar agar

7. 聽 聽 聽 Add some of the berry pulp to the jelly then remove from the heat and let cool for 3 minutes. Do not let the topping set.

8.聽聽聽聽聽聽 Pour the jelly topping over the cheesecake in an even layer.聽 *See cheesecake recipe below.

9.聽聽聽聽聽聽 Let the jelly set before transferring the cheesecake to the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours.

Step 2: The Graham Cracker Crust

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 15 whole graham crackers, crushed into crumbs

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 录 cup granulated sugar

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1/3 cup melted butter

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Pinch of salt

Making the graham craker crust for Rasberry and Blueberry topped cheese cake with Cape Crystal Brands agar agar

1.聽聽聽聽聽聽 Stir all the crust ingredients together until well combined.

2.聽聽聽聽聽聽 Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

Adding a graham craker crust for Rasberry and Blueberry topped cheese cake with Cape Crystal Brands agar agar

3.聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bake the crust for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden.

4.聽聽聽聽聽聽 Remove from the oven and set aside.

Step 3: Preparing the Cheesecake Filling

Use a 350 掳 F oven

Mixing tghe cheese cake ingredients for Rasberry and Blueberry topped cheese cake with Cape Crystal Brands agar agar

1.聽 聽聽聽聽聽 Use an electric mixer with a paddle attachment to beat the cream cheese on medium until smooth.

2.聽聽聽聽 聽聽 Add the sour cream to the beaten cream cheese along with the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract.

3.聽聽 聽聽聽聽 Mix on low until combined. Do not overmix.

4.聽聽聽 聽聽聽 Pour the filling into the crust and spread evenly.聽

5.聽 聽聽 聽聽聽 Layer two sheets of foil and wrap the bottom of the springform pan with that foil.

6. 聽 聽 聽 聽 Place into a larger pan.聽

The baked cheese cake for Rasberry and Blueberry topped cheese cake with Cape Crystal Brands agar agar

7.聽聽聽 聽聽聽 Fill the larger pan with about 3/4 inch of water. The water should not pass the foil.

8 .聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bake for one hour at 350 掳 F or until the center is almost set.

9.聽聽 聽聽聽聽 Remove from the oven and set the cheesecake aside to cool for at least 45 minutes.聽

10. After the topping is poured and the cheesecake refrigerated for two hours, run a knife along the edges of the springform pan.

11. Carefully release the cheesecake from the pan.

Slice and serve.

Cape Crystal Brands Agar Agar

 Cape Crystal Brands agar agar

Cape Crystal Brands agar agar聽 is not only a great choice to hold cheesecake topping together, it is particularly useful for baking, making vegan cheese, jellies, custard & marshmallows聽by substituting animal gelatin. Cook delicious recipes without any artificial ingredients!聽 HIGH IN FIBER, TOO: The Cape Crystal agar powder is over 80% fiber which can be miraculous for your intestinal health! With regular use you are bound to become 鈥渞egular鈥!聽

聽The Grande Finale'

The finished Rasberry and Blueberry topped cheese cake with Cape Crystal Brands agar agar

Suggested serving for mixed berries topping cheesecake.


Tatiana, food writer and cooking enthusiast.

Tatiana
Tatiana is a writer and food enthusiast from Los Angeles, California. 聽

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