50g unsalted butter
1/2 tsp Lavender heads, finely crushed
115g digestive biscuits, crushed
4tbsp caster sugar
250g good quality cream cheese
250ml thick-set yogurt
175ml double cream
a few drops of culinary Lavender essence
For the strawberries -
125g caster sugar
6 kaffir lime leaves, torn
zest and juice of 2 limes
225g strawberries, hulled and halved.
Melt the butter in a pan, add the Lavender flowers and remove from the heat, stir in crushed biscuits and half the sugar and mix together. While still warm, press the biscuit into the base of a flan ring. Refrigerate for an hour to set.
In a bowl, beat the cream cheese, remaining sugar and yogurt until smooth and add a couple of drops of culinary lavender essence. In another bowl , whip the double cream until half whipped and just holding shape, then gently fold into the yogurt mixture until amalgamated.
Spread the mixture over the biscuit base and smooth over with a palate knife . Return to the fridge for an hour or until ready to serve.
For the strawberries, bring the sugar and 150ml water to the boil slowly while stirring. Ad the kaffir leaves, if using, boil for 2 minutes to form a light lime syrup. Add the lime zest , juice and kaffir leaves. Put the strawberries in a bowl;pour the hot lime syrup over, leave to cool. Cut the cheesecake into wedges, garnish with the strawberries and sauce and serve.