17/05/2011

...Cheesecake Tuesday!

{oh, those aren't bugs on my dessert plate, they're from the botanical range at Anthropologie}
This past weekend, in tribute to the Euro-tastic Eurovision Song Contest that took place across the continent, we hosted a party honouring the various cuisines of Europe. (Disclaimer: I'm not usually the most enthusiastic proponent of Eurovision, but when cooking & baking & chef-ing were brought into the equation, I was persuaded). I picked Germany, coming from such ancestry on my mother's side, plus Germans know how to do cakes (& custards & liquors & marzipan). & so, on to introduce the Black Forest Cherry Cheesecake (I also baked some Lebkuchen cookies). This variety comes from My Own Sweet Thyme, & rather wonderfully uses goats cheese as the base (a friend is intolerant to cow dairy, so this turned out pretty handy), with honey as a natural sugar, rather than the addition of others. One amendment I might recommend is adding a teaspoon of ground ginger to bring out the spiciness of the crust as it mellows somewhat with the butter & baking. Alternatively, chocolate & cherry is another superb combination, worth experimenting with by using chocolate biscuits in place of the ginger snaps.

Oh, & by the way, no fancy dinner posts tomorrow: Wednesday means cinema, means popcorn & a large glass of vino (- I'm giving Pirates 4 a chance...)


Recipe
~ 2 cups ginger biscuits, crushed
~ 1/4 cup melted butter
~ 8 oz goats cheese
~ 4 tbsp honey
~ 1 tsp lemon juice
~ 1/2 tsp vanilla
~ 3 large eggs, separated
~ 1 1/2 tbsp flour
~ icing (powdered) sugar for dusting
~ 1 can cherries, plus juice/syrup
~ 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
~ 1/4 cup honey

1. To crush the ginger biscuits, place in a sealed sandwich bag & crush with a rolling pin into large crumbs.
2. Mix with the butter & then press into a spring-form or removable-base tart pan. Bake in a medium heat oven for 5 mins.
3. Mix the goats cheese, honey, vanilla & lemon juice. Add the egg yolks gradually, & then the flour. Beat well until fully incorporated.
4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Slowly fold into the cake batter, & then pour into the crust.
5. Bake in a medium heat oven (180 degrees) for 40 mins until set.
6. Allow the cake to cool fully, & then generously dust with sieved icing sugar.
7. Heat the balsamic vinegar, honey & juice/syrup from the cherries until they caramelise, about 10 mins. Allow to cool completely, & then mix with the tinned cherries.
8. Pour the cherry & syrup mix over the top of the cheesecake.
9. Slice, serve, & enjoy!


{all photos by me}

7 comments:

Alex said...

holy crap *drops spoon in disgust* screw these frosted flakes I'm eating... that made me want cheesecake and only cheesecake... NOW.

looks amazing. I'm not going to be able to focus on anything until I get cheesecake... nom nom nom.

Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

Thanks so much for posting this recipe. I want to try this (and have since you posted that picture the other day).

Irina Lori said...

I became hungry after viewing these your photos!!! ^^

Pretty Things said...

oh wow - looks YUMMY! thats sweet how you had a eurovision cook off - such a great idea

http://blogoftheprettythings.blogspot.com/

xxx

B said...

wonderful idea! the goat cheese and all... I can't have cow milk so I really want to try this! do the cherries calm down the goat flavor somewhat?

Katie said...

thanks for the lovely comments!

B - i chose a mild goats cheese, but you can't really taste it in the recipe, it just tasted like any other cheesecake - the honey mixed in with the cheese also makes it sweet (i guess like butter icing does for cupcakes - it doesn't really taste of butter, just sugary sweetness!)

Katie x

Amy said...

This looks amazing! I will have to try this recipe.

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