Sunday 10 March 2019

Clementine Orange Cheesecake

Clementine Orange Cheesecake.

Cheesecake topped with clementine

Prepare a 23 cm/ 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper at the bottom.

This pastry can be made by hand, using your finger tips, by using two butter knives, or simply in a food processor using the pulse button.

In a bowl, cut it together with two knives until it resembles crumbs.

1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
125g/4oz salted butter
Zest of one orange

In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients and add them to the dough.

1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Knead it together and leave it to rest.

Cut into three 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 at 160°C (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
3 eggs
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 200°C (400°F and immediately reduce the heat to 140°C (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.
For the topping
Clementine works best for this cake. The skin is softer and less bitter. The juice from it is tangy and flavorful. When ready to serve, evenly slice 2 clementines and grill them on a hot skillet for 2 minutes, turning once. Top the cooled cake with the slices. The juices of the fruit will enhance the flavours of this cake.


The texture of this cheesecake is dependent on two things. The smoothness of the filling is crucial, so make sure it's silky and not at all grainy. This, in turn, is dependent on the type of cottage cheese used. Use freshly made panir while it is warm or bring it to room temperature before use.

Then there's the baking. Overbaking makes the texture grainy. Allowing it to set gradually at a lower temperature 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

While the cheese cake is delicious on its own, a mixed-berry compote, alternately with oranges, makes it look pretty and tastes good too. Lemon curd topping is for the lemon lover, and dark cherries topped all over can be delicious. Passion fruit curd is my very favourite. It has a strong taste and starts with mixing lemon and passion fruit to avoid the pungent flavour, which may not be to everyone's delight.

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.

My published cookbooks are available for sale through myself and on Amazon.

The World of Parsi Cooking: Food Across Borders is a 3 award winning book. It has been self published in July 2019 and will be going into its second print in 2022. 

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Photo courtesy William Reavell

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