Cheesecake is actually quite straightforward to make, even if you have arthritis, as all the ingredients are very soft and easy to mix. The base is much more tricky - you normally need to smash up biscuits and then press them into the pan. To make things simpler and more arthritis-friendly, this recipe uses store-bought shortbread instead which you top with the cheesecakes after baking. Make the mixture in a jug and you can pour it directly into the muffin cases which avoid having to fiddle on spooning it in. The hidden mini eggs inside each cheesecake make a lovely surprise so don’t tell people they are in there – let them hunt them themselves!
400g (16oz) light cream cheese (take it out of the fridge and hour before making so it is softer)
2 large eggs
100g (4oz) golden caster sugar
2tsp vanilla extract
Packet of chocolate mini eggs
12 shortbread biscuits to serve
Makes 12 mini cheesecakes
In a large bowl or jug, mix together the eggs, sugar, cream cheese and vanilla extract until smooth. This is very easy with a hand blender if you have one.
Pour the mixture into 12 muffin cases. Pop a couple of mini eggs into the mixture in each.
Bake for 30-35 minutes at 180C, until they look slightly golden and set around the edges. Allow to cool for 4 hours.
To serve, peel off cases and turn upside down onto a shortbread biscuit. Top with a couple of mini eggs.
Arthritis diet notes
I could give you the nutritional breakdown for this but let's just stick with 'a little of what you fancy does you good' instead! The cheesecakes are a reasonable source of calcium which is good your bones. The mini eggs are an excellent source of fun which is good for your soul!