Wednesday, 5 June 2013

A Fruity Cheesecake

 “I'm not a vegetarian! I'm a dessertarian!” 
Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

 I Love Desserts and have confessed so a zillion times!! Blame it to my 'staying in Bengal' genes. I am the kind who eyes the dessert menu before moving to the main course. There is a kind of magnetic pull that makes me hunt for them. I make a mental note of the available varieties and keep my appetite adjusted to devour them in the end. Yes, I like to eat them very slow, enjoying and relishing every minute fraction of the sweet beauty!! And as much as I love eating them, I love to make desserts at home. My little diary is heaped up with dessert recipes and I long for reasons(or none) to try them. 
Apart from the sinful Chocolate recipes, I love to make desserts which incorporate fruits. Seasonal fruits are awaited every year to be turned into easy and simple desserts. Last year I made batches of the yummy Mango Mousse, Mango Cheesecake and Mango Banana Gelato. 
This time I wanted to reinvent the Mango cheesecake and incorporate chunks of the fruit in it. While planning I stumbled upon the idea of using chunks of different coloured fruits. And Voila! here it is my Fruity Cheesecake experiment.
What I loved the most was the attractive colour combination of the fresh and seasonal fruits. You may try any other fruit combination. I always like to use local available ingredients and so my cheesecake has hung curd and Paneer in it. You may use Cream cheese, if easily available at your part of the world. Together with the soft and fresh cheesecake, it surely is now one of my favorite Dessert.

Ingredients : For a 5" round cheesecake
  • 4-5 digestive biscuits
  • 2 tbsp melted/softened butter
  • 1/2 cup hung curd, preferably overnight
  • 1/2 cup Paneer, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup cream (I used Amul)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp gelatin
  • 2 tbsp cold water(to soak the gelatin)
  • chopped fruits-I used Mango, Papaya and Kiwi fruit

Place the biscuits in a kitchen towel/cloth and crush them with a rolling pin. Gather in a bowl.
Add melted/softened butter and mix well. 
Line a 5" round tin and press the biscuit mixture evenly on the base. Refrigerate to set for 1/2 hour.
(Check here to see details to line a round tin for the cheesecake instead of a springform pan.)
Sprinkle gelatin over cold water and let it sit for 5 mins till it gets spongy.
Take hung curd, paneer, cream and sugar in a mixer bowl and churn till it gets mixed well.
Pour this mixture in a pan and warm it over low heat. Take care not to boil.
Mix the gelatin and remove from flame.
Mix well so that the gelatin gets dissolved.
Add chopped fruits(reserving some for garnishing)
Pour the cheesecake mixture over the biscuit layer.
Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or till set. 

To remove the cheesecake from tin, heat little water in a wide pan(do not boil). Place the tin in it for a count of ten and remove. Now carefully invert and tap from bottom taking care not to crack the cheesecake. As it begins to loosen, use the hanging liners to pull the cheesecake out(see here)

Garnish with chopped fruits. I used a heart mould in the center and placed the fruits in it to get a heart arrangement of fruits.

Slice and serve. Dip knife in warm water to get clean and neat slices.

This Fruity Cheesecake is a modern reminder of the amazing, classic and famous dessert Fruit cream.
A perfect summer desert.

Happy Fruity Cheesecake Eating


  1. Wow looks super delicious and great effort :)

  2. Yummy and lovely. Wish to have it from the screen itself. Great Amrita!

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  3. the colors are so summer-y. really pretty !

  4. Truly delicious...Such tempting clicks :)

  5. What a delicious cake. I made your gelato . Was amazing.

  6. This fruity cheesecake looks so delicious!

  7. Looks soooooooooo delicious and inviting

  8. Stunning, the colors are so attractive and love the ingredients added. That said, wondering on what is hung curd, also whether I can find it over my place.

    1. Hello, glad you liked my attempt. Hung curd is normal curd that has been tied in a muslin cloth/kitchen cloth and hung for the water to drain. Leave for 1-2 hours or better overnight in the refrigerator. You can easily make it at home. You need to use double the amount of curd to make hung curd. Hope it helped. Please feel free for any further clarifications.

  9. looks perfectly made delicious cake.

  10. Mouthwatering cake! It makes me drool...very nice clicks.

  11. Looks so colorful and inviting

  12. Wow! What a lovely creation, I love all the yummy fresh fruits you had piled on the cake inside and outside:D

  13. Hi Amrita, A stunning cheese cake loaded with fresh seasonal fruits looks so inviting. It is so colourful and appetizing. I loved the fruity heart sitting right at the center. Very creative imagination to incorporate seasonal fruits! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  14. Its really awesome. Wonderful clicks.

  15. Wat an incredible,gorgeous,amazing, colourful cheesecake, wish i get a huge slice of this fruity cheesecake rite now.

  16. You know the saying, "there's always room for desserts", it certainly rings true for me. Always need to order desserts no matter how full I am ;)

  17. Amazing! Love the heart in the middle! :)

  18. Hi Amrita, very very nice fruity cheesecake, it sure look very inviting. I don't mind to have a big slice, please! :)
    Love the little heart decoration, very cute and pretty.

    Best regards.



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