Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tea Time With Cheesecake In Our Garden

I love all things beautiful and romantic and therefore decided that it was time to host a tea in our garden. I took out some of my favorite teacups and went for a walk in our garden and picked some beautiful bougainvillea. I baked a delicious cheesecake and set the table. I kept things very simple and enjoyed the afternoon with loved ones...


1-1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter

4 large eggs
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons lemon juice
750 g smooth cottage cheese
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup all purpose flour

Strawberry sauce:
3 cups of frozen strawberries
3 tablespoons confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons port

Preheat the oven to 350*F.

Mix the crumbs, sugar and melted butter together and using the back of a large spoon, press crumb mixture firmly on the bottom and up side of a 9" nonstick springform pan.

Whisk the eggs and sugar until pale and thick. Add the lemon juice while beating. *I prefer using cottage cheese instead of cream cheese and put my cottage cheese in a blender to make it very smooth. Stir in the cottage cheese, cream and flour and mix. Turn the batter into the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 275*F and bake for 1 hour or until the filling is firm but still slightly soft in the center. Switch off the oven but leave the cheesecake to cool in the oven. Remove from the cake tin when cold and transfer to a serving platter.

Strawberry sauce:
Bring the strawberries and sugar to a boil and simmer slowly for 15 to 20 minutes. Add the port and bring to the boil again. Leave to cool and serve with the baked cheesecake. *If you do not have strawberries you can use blueberries or any other choice of berries.


I can honestly say that I am living my dream life! I am so grateful for the wonderful life I live together with my husband and children. Is everything always perfect? No, not at all because we live in an imperfect world but I try to think and speak positive on a daily basis because I firmly believe "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7) My husband is a great role model to me and for hope and encouragement you can visit his blog at  http://theprophetspeaks1.blogspot.com/

All images taken by me.


  1. Dear Ingrid, Tea, of course, is an English institution and is, for me, the perfect way to entertain on a casual basis. Your floral china looks so pretty and I do believe that tea tastes so much nicer from a china cup. Your cheesecake looks delicious but is way beyond my capabilities. My standby is a lemon drizzle cake!

  2. Dear Ingrid,

    Such pretty photo's from your garden! I fell in love with your floral China. It's all so pretty. Your cheesecake looks delicious!! Wish I could taste a bit :-)

    Lieve groet,


  3. Beautiful photo's and the cheesecake looks divine. I would have sat there eating it until it was all gone! Have a great Thanksgiving :D

  4. Hi Ingrid,
    I used to bake cheesecake when my boys were little. I have not made it in ages. I think I just might try your recipe. I like the idea of the cottage cheese as that reduces the fat content by a whole lot! It looks scrumptious!

  5. These photographs look very French to me....ummmmmm!!!!! Love the pattern of your china, it looks beautiful on your table. Now, could I please order one of those cheese cakes???

    Thanks for stopping by. Sidney is doing very well today...earlier he took a sunbath on the back porch.

  6. What beautiful photos! Happy Thanksgiving!


  7. Did you make THAT !!!! cheescake???? o my ......it looks delicious!!!....i really join to drink a cup of tea with you today......and o no..please not a little slice.......biggg is THE word !! love you Ria...

  8. Truly beautiful and romantic!! As for that cheesecake...looks SO delicious!! And why does it look like summer there...we have dark and grey days and cold...I can understand why you're in the mood for a romaticv tea...it is the weahter that does it to you...

  9. Lovely, lovely post, Ingrid! I am looking out the window at snow, and here you are having a beautiful tea party - how wonderful!!! :)

    Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving,

  10. Your cheesecake looks amazing, as does the table. Simply beautiful! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Cara Ingrid; it is not only a fabulous setting; the PHOTOS of this fairytale tea are SPECTACULAR!!!!!

    You are a very elegant artist; the lovely porcellain and the fuchsia coloured Bouganvillae are divine....!!

    ....and your receipe of this heavenly looking cheesecake: I can not wait to try it....I LOVE BAKING and I am so adventurous in trying new receipes; (I am such a sweets lover..)
    I am certain it must be delicious!!!!!

    SUBLIME Syling, Carissima Ingrid!!!

    Un abbraccione ciao ciao elvira

  12. I want to be invited to that tea party!! looks so pretty!!!.. Beautiful pictures!

  13. Hi and Happy New Year !!
    Your blog is LOVELY !
    I have already added you on my favorite blogs.
    Best regards
    Magda from Halkidiki-Greece

  14. I'm just discovering your beautiful Blog... the photos are breathtaking!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  15. OMG... This is all so beautiful! Would have loved to have a cup of tea (and some of this mouth watering cheesecake) with you!

    I wish you a wonderful & coulourful 2011!

    Bisous from Versailles,

  16. hallo ik ga je volgen het ziet er zo gezellig en lekker uit
    gr sandra



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