|Cheesecake topped with clementine|
Prepare a 23 cm/ 9-inch spring form pan with parchment paper at the bottom.
The pastry can be made by hand with your finger tips, by using two butter knives or simply in a food processor using the pulse button.
In a bowl, cut together with two knives, until it resembles crumbs.
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
125gm/4oz salted butter
Zest of one orange
In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients and add to the dough.
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Knead it together and leave it to rest.
Cut into 3 equal pieces. Use 2/3 to cover the base of the pan, pressing it down with your finger tips. ( It is simpler to do this with your hands than with a rolling pin.)
Bake in a preheated oven of 160C |325 F for 8 to 10 minutes until a slight colour shows on the pastry.
Allow it to cool.
Using the rest of the 1/3 pastry, cover the sides of the pan. Using your thumb, go around the edge to make it equal in height.
In the food processor, blend until smooth.
500 g/ 1.1lb Paneer ~ home made ricotta
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cream
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp plain all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup fresh lemon and/or lime juice
3 tbsp orange juice
Optionally zest of an orange
Once it is smooth, pour it into the prepared shell.
Place it in a hot oven at 200C | 400 F and immediately reduce the heat to 140C | 275 F. Allow it to set for 40 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool for an hour until it sets. Chill before serving.
The cake must jiggle in the center. It will then set as it cools, and that softness is what the creaminess depends upon. It tastes delicious.
Secondly, the baking. Over baking makes the texture grainy. Allowing it to set at a lower temperature slowly ensures that the mixture does not curdle or get too hot at any point. The "jiggle in the middle" is crucial when you finish.
Optional choices for toppings
Do not freeze this cake as the texture is ruined.
This crust can be made in minutes when you use the food processor and the texture remains the same. Use the pulse button for best results.
Place the spring-form pan on a tray to avoid having to clean up any "drip" from the pan.
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