Fridge cheesecake with an Irish red ale caramel sauce
Not many things in life are better than discovering the perfect dish to pair with your favourite beer. Irish red ales, like the No. 3 Fransen Street Irish Red Ale, are well-known for their caramel and toffee notes and a crisp dry finish. When pairing Irish red ales with food it is best to find flavours that balance the dry, roasted notes in the brew.
For desserts, think of the beer as a caramel sauce. Avoid citrus elements and embrace cream bases and vanilla flavours. We paired it with a light and airy berry cheesecake. The digestive biscuits echo some of the toasted flavours of the beer while the caramel sauce adds a rich depth.
Summer berry fridge cheesecake with a caramel sauce
This receipe is simple and it can be topped with whatever is in season. Because it's summer, we recommend fresh berries.
250g digestive biscuits
100g melted butter
1 vanilla pod
500g cream cheese
100g castor sugar
250ml double cream
400g summer berries
mint, to garnish
75g dark muscavado sugar
45ml No. 3 Fransen Street Irish Red Ale
- Grease and line a loose-bottomed tin with baking paper. For the base, crumb the biscuits, add the melted butter and blend until well combined. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and press firmly down to create an even layer. Refrigerate for 1 hour to set.
- Place the cream cheese, castor sugar and vanilla seeds in a dish, then beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the cream and continue beating until the mixture is entirely combined. Spoon the cream mixture onto the biscuit base. Ensure that there are no air bubbles. Even out the top of the cheesecake with the back of a spoon. Refrigerate overnight.
- Take the cheesecake out of the fridge and bring it to room temperature.
- In the meantime, make the caramel sauce. Put the sugar and ale into a heavy based saucepan and melt the sugar over a medium heat. Simmer for 4 – 5 minutes, until syrupy. Remove from the heat.
- Once the cheesecake is at room temperature, remove the cake from the tin. Top with summer berries, mint and caramel sauce.
*Find your nearest stockist and ask for a No 3 Fransen Street Irish Red Ale growler. The results will be worth it.
There you have it. Easy, and delicious! Let us know if you’re going to try it this summer.