OLLYVIA PUTRI , co-owner and pastry chef of Ollella, shares her recipe for this classic with a buttery crust and creamy, velvety filling.
Coordination Low Jat Leng Photography Darren Chang Art Direction & Styling Diane Ng Ollella 3 Petain Road (tel: 9139-9871)
Serves 10 –12
For the crust:
15 digestive biscuits
60g butter, melted
For the filling:
950g cream cheese, softened
180ml fresh milk
4 large eggs
200g full-fat sour cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract
30g all-purpose flour
For the toppings:
15-20 whole strawberries
½ punnet blueberries
A few mint leaves
Icing sugar, for garnish
1 Preheat the oven to 175 deg C. Grease a 23-cm round springform pan with butter.
2 In a food processor, blitz the biscuits into fine crumbs. Or seal them in a zip-lock bag and crush with a rolling pin.
3 In a medium bowl, mix the crumbs with the butter until evenly moist. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan.
4 Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until smooth. Add the milk and mix well.
5 Add the eggs one at a time, mixing on low speed until just incorporated. Add the sour cream, vanilla extract and flour, and mix until smooth.
6 Transfer the filling to the pan and bake for 1 hour. Then turn the oven off and leave the cake to cool in it, with the door closed, for 5-6 hours. This prevents it from cracking.
7 Arrange the berries and mint leaves on the cake and sprinkle with icing sugar.