Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A cheesecake in sponge clothing?

'Tis the season for birthdays once again! I made this cotton-soft Japanese cheesecake for Nette's birthday (inspired from The Little Teochew), and decided to jazz it up a bit with a mango/passionfruit salsa and whipped cream. The cake is so light and fluffy - more like a sponge than a cheesecake! With the fruit a refreshing & light indulgence to enjoy, preferably somewhere cool in this hot, hot heat!

What you need:
- 6 eggs, yolks and whites separated
- 1/4 tsp tartaric acid/cream of tartar
- 2/3 cup caster sugar
- 50g butter
- 250g cream cheese
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 4 tbs self raising flour
- 2 tbs cornflour
- 1 tbs lemon zest
- juice of one lemon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or vanillin sugar

To make:
- Preheat oven to 160 degrees celcius.
- In a bowl whisk egg whites with tartaric acid and caster sugar until soft peaks form.
- Melt cream cheese, butter and milk in a bowl over a water bath, allow to cool and then beat with an electric mixer/whisk until smooth.
- Add egg yolks, flour, lemon zest and juice, vanilla to cream cheese mixture and mix until incorporated.
- Fold through egg whites gently.
- Line a ~20cm spring form tin with greaseproof paper, pour mixture in - if necessary split into two as it will rise.
- Bake in a water bath for 1 hr 20min at 160 degrees, checking until golden brown and fluffy on top.
- Allow to cool and serve simply with icing sugar or with fresh fruit!

Definitely a winner and despite it being my first attempt at baking a cheesecake this will certainly be included in my repertoire of desserts from now on! Yummy!

4 comments:

  1. Mmmmmmmmmmmm, that looks wonderfully light. Too bad i know from the ingredients list that it's light in appearance & texture only. Still, i can't help but think of that quote from the Simpsons' monorail episode:

    Mrs Hoover: "i hear those things are awfully loud"
    Lyle Lanley: "it glides as softly as a cloud"

    Nothing to do with it, but i just like to associate things with the Simpsons :P

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  2. Thanks Serenity, it tasted light enough for you to think it was good for you.

    If I were thinking of Simpsons quotes I'd go for the one of homer dreaming of strangling Mr Burns that then turns into a bottle of maple syrup which he pours over his pancakes. In reality he's munching on his pillow!

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  3. Hahaha!!! that has to be one of my favourite scenes EVER!!!! Particularly if you recall the shift in music from aggro strangling (if there is such a thing?) music to a fun-in-the-kitchen jingle. Ahh gotta love classic Simpsons!

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  4. it sure was yummyyyylicious! thanks for the lovely cake!! =)

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