Dec 22, 2008

Cheese cake - From sanjeev kapoor sweets and desserts book

cheese cake Cheese cake was something which was in my to-do list for sometime now. I got the cream cheese couple of days ago , but never found time for this. Morever as I had never tasted this before, I was not sure what was expected regarding the texture and taste. But then last week, I got the chance to taste walnut cheesecake at a nearby coffee shop and I liked it. Though,I found it very sweet compared to the other cakes.
So,yesterday I baked a plain cheese cake for the first time and I got the similar taste and texture. It was good. I am planning to bake more of these with more ingredients. Also , I would love to try the cheese cakes which does not require baking.
This recipe is adapted from Sanjeev kapoor's sweets and desserts book.

Cashewnut powder- 1/2cup
Sugar- 1/3cup
Butter- 1/4 cup
Cream cheese-11/2cup
Castor sugar- 1cup
Eggs- 3
Vanilla essence- 1/2cup

Preheat the oven to 180c. For the crust ,mix together all the ingredients with hand and spread in a baking dish covering bottom and one inch up the sides. Set aside.
Cream together cream cheese and sugar till smooth taking care that no lumps remain. Seperate yolks and whites of eggs carefully.Lightly beat egg yolks and mix into the cream cheese and sugar mixture. Stir in the essence. Using a whisk or hand blender , beat egg whites till they form soft peaks. Fold in the beaten egg whites into the mixture. Pour this mixture over the crust lined in the baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven at 180c for 20 to 30 minutes or till the centre is firm.
Cool and refrigerate. Serve chilled with fresh fruits or glaced cherries.
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