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!


  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

  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!

  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!

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


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