Spring has Sprung!

Spring has sprung in the Southern Hemisphere!  The sun is getting warmer and the mid day temperature has risen to a hot 32C˚ (89F˚) and September is when we get most of our rain.  To celebrate spring, I am taking advantage of the lovely fresh red strawberries that are now available at the market.  I have been spoiling my family and friends with little individual cheese cake treats.

The apron in the pictures I bought on one of my trips to the Waterfront in Cape Town at Far-Flung.   Here is the recipe –

Individual Cheese Cakes

Makes 24


1 packet (250G) Ginger biscuits, I use the Woolworths brand, crushed

80ml / 80g butter, melted

24 paper cups

Line 24 muffin tin hollows with paper cups.   Add butter to biscuits and mix well.  Divide the biscuit mixture into each paper cup, using the bottom of the cream container to press the biscuit mixture down.  Place in the refrigerator to cool.


1 tub (250g) smooth cottage cheese

1 tin (397g) condensed milk

Finely grated rind of 1 lemon

Juice of 1½ lemons

5g (7,5ml) gelatin

30ml water

250ml fresh cream

24 fresh strawberries

Mix the smooth cottage cheese, condensed milk, lemon rind and lemon juice together till smooth.  Soak the gelatin in the water and microwave for 30 seconds on high, check every 10 seconds, until clear.  Beat the cream until stiff.  Beat the gelatin quickly into the cottage cheese mixture, and fold in the cream.  Using an ice cream scoop, one with a little cutting blade, scoop a portion into each base.   Chill until set in the refrigerator. Decorate each cheese cake with a fresh strawberry.

If you live in the southern hemisphere side of the world, may you be filled with the joys of spring!  For the people in the north!  Sorry!



41 thoughts on “Spring has Sprung!

  1. Thanks Nikki. Although, we can’t really complain in England as we had a brilliant Summer! However, we are told by weather forecasters that tomorrow will be torrential rain and 60mph gusts! It is The Great North Run ( half marathon) too! Glad I am not fit enough to run in that ! Haha
    Enjoy those strawberry cheesecakes!

    • Hi
      I live in Pietermaritzburg, the last week I have been traveling around South Africa on my way back, Sadly!
      Thanks for visiting my buzy day blog.

  2. Hi Nikki, thank you for the recipe; pretty and deliciuos. How funny you are happy with spring and strawberries whilst here in Ohio we are happy with fall, cool weater and pumpkins ;0) Enjoy! Johanna

  3. I too am heading into Autumnand couldn’t be more excited about it! Thank you for the recipe! I think I’ll try adapting it a bit for the cold season (add some spiced pumpkin maybe?) and try your beautiful version come the Spring 🙂

  4. Oh lucky, lucky you who have the best to come. Here it’s the opposite, autumn has started (even though sunny and nice today) and from that all goes downhill. Lucky me who have something that will brighten up my November darkness 😀

  5. Individual cheese cakes in muffin cases, what a good idea! We’ve still got local delicious strawberries and raspberries in Devon, SW UK. But I bet the idea would work with chocolate cheesecake too, that could cheer up a dreary winters evening nicely (when they come).

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  7. It’s kind of cool to think about how it’s Spring in the Southern Hemisphere because, right now on the Easter coast of the U.S., I’m ramping up for fall foliage, pumpkin picking, and apples. How wonderfully strange is our planet Earth!

    • I had the privilege of been in the States of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan last year October to November. Fall is amazing! We don’t really have season in South Africa!
      Thanks for your lovely comment.
      P.S Loved halloween!

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