When I was growing up, my Mum used to make a beautiful Passionfruit Cheesecake, what we didn't know then is that there was no cheese element in it at all! Of course, traditionally, you usually make cheesecake with cream cheese, but we didn't know any different and just loved this special little dessert, whenever she made it. Mum would serve it with Tongola cream(does anyone else remember this), it was a dairy cream that used to come in a can, again we didn't know any different and just devoured this special treat.
For the 'cheese' element mum used a tin of condensed milk and she would use lemon juice to set the cheesecake. She would make it the day before serving so it time to really set. Low and behold, there I was reading one of my all time favourite blogs the other day and there was mums cheesecake recipe (minus the passionfruit) for all the world to see. Mel has added 3 egg yolks and baked the cheesecake of a short time to really make sure it sets well. And, I am pleased to say, it does the trick. I have altered the recipe, using lime juice instead of lemon, reducing the amount of butter in the base and I have used a 24 cm springform tin, instead of a pie dish.
I have topped the cheesecake with strawberries and passionfruit from our garden but you choose any fruit you like or simply leave it plain and serve it with softly whipped cream.
For the biscuit base:
|In a bowl, combine 1 1/4 cups of biscuit crumb (I used some gingerbread biscuits)|
2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 80 grams of melted butter. Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated and "wet" from the melted butter
|Pour into a lined and buttered(sides as well) 24 cm springform tin|
|Press down evenly with a flat bottomed glass|
|Bake at 180C for 8 minutes, take out of oven, set aside to cool|
|Ingredients for filling-3 egg yolks, 2/3 cup of lime juice, 2 cans condensed milk (I use ALDI brand)|
|Separate egg yolks (freeze the egg whites for a pavlova, oh yeh!)|
|Bake in a preheated, 180 C, oven for 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate overnight|
|Gently remove set cheesecake from springform tin, put onto a serving plate and top with desired fruit or just serve with whipped cream|
So, tell me, what is your all time favourite cheesecake?