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This happens to be one of those “inspirational foods”. The tiny strawberry hearts and the clear jelly that encases it are just so exquisite! Even the taste is yummy and pretty addictive despite being so easy to make! Perfect for Valentine’s day or a special occasion. Or just a snack 😉

Ingredients

Crust

300 gram McVities digestive biscuits (crushed)

140 gram melted butter

Cheese Filling

2 blocks Philadelphia cream cheese

4 tsp gelatine powder

7 tbsp sugar

1 cup hot water

1 tsp vanilla essence

Strawberry Jelly

1 box strawberry jelly (Brand: Jell-o can be found in cold storage or Jason’s)

2 cups hot water

A box of strawberries for decoration

Instructions

1) For the biscuit base, blend biscuits until fine and mix with melted butter. Mix thoroughly

2) Press mixture into a 10″ square tray. Chill in the freezer to let it set and harden a little

3) Slice off the strawberry skins and cut out strawberry heart shapes out of them. The hearts should not be too thin and should show the red outer layer of the berry. Set aside at least 30 of these hearts.

4) Stir gelatine powder into the boiling hot water until it dissolves

5) Beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla essence until creamy before slowly adding the slightly cooled gelatine. Beat until smooth. Pour half of the cream cheese mixture on top of the digestive biscuit base.

6) Place the tray back into the freezer to set the first layer.

7) Once the first layer is set, pour the rest of the cheese mixture evenly on top. The reason why I do this is so that the strawberry hearts will not sink to the bottom of the cheese mixture and remains sticking out of the last layer of cheese where it is prominently shown.

8) Before setting the last layer of cheese, place the hearts uniformly on the cheese and ensure that the red hearts do not get covered by the cheese mixture. Once you’re done placing the hearts to your satisfaction, place the tray back into the freezer to set the cheese and hearts into place.

9) Now to prepare the jello layer, dissolve the Jell-o into the hot water, stir and let it cool for a while. It should be warm but not hot so that it cooks the cheese and strawberry hearts. And it shouldn’t be too cool so that the jelly sets and can no longer be poured.

10) Using a ladle, ladle the strawberry jello mixture evenly over the cheese cake. The jelly mixture should cover the strawberry hearts.

11) Refrigerate to set the jelly. To serve, slice with a hot knife. The strawberry hearts will be enclosed in a ruby jeweled casing (i.e. the jelly) and it is super pretty! The jelly is clear and red so you can see the delicate strawberry hearts resting on the cheese.

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