The first in the Guest Post Series by Neha Deepak Shah
Whenever you get a chance to read my posts, they would all be Lacto – vegetarian. I was raised being a lacto – vegetarian and thereby it has been inculcated in me, hence my recipes do not even include eggs.
It was Sunday morning and I was craving something sweet. I looked IN my refrigerator and found some Quark cheese and some mascarpone cheese; hence a no-bake cheesecake was in order. I love both of them as Quark cheese is low fat and Mascarpone is so velvety. Since I am a a lacto-vegetarian, I do not use gelatin in my cheesecake, I substitute it with ‘Vegetarian gelatin’ – as it is sold in the speciality shops (it is actually carrageenan). Use exactly the same amounts as gelatin but no soaking is required. All you have to do is beat it along with some warm water.
Recipe – This recipe makes 2 3 inch cheese cakes
Digestive Biscuits / Graham Cracker – 8 (ground to a fine powder)
Melted Butter – 2 tbsp (30 g)
Mascarpone Cheese – ½ cup
Quark Cheese – ½ cup
Hung curd / yoghurt (hung overnight 1 cup curd = ¼ cup hung curd) – ¼ cup
Vegetarian Gelatin (Carrageenan) – 1 tsp dissolved in 1 tbsp warm water
Whipping cream – ¼ cup whipped
Powdered sugar – ½ cup
Peanut butter – 1 tbsp
Toasted Peanuts / Honey coated peanuts (coarsely ground) – 2 tsp
Choco – Hazelnut spread (I used Nutella) – 2 tbsp
Mix the powdered biscuits and the melted butter together. Spoon it in the dish you are going to present it in. I used mousse rings. Press the mixture till it is firm and compact. Freeze it for about 30 minutes.
In a bowl mix all the ingredients together. Use the sugar as per the sweetness desired by you. Divide this into 2 parts.
Part 1 – Add the Peanut butter and the toasted peanuts.
Part 2 – Add the nutella.
Spoon the Peanut butter layer on the crust and level it up with a spatula. Now spoon the nutella layer and finish it by leveling with the spatula.
Refrigerate this for about 4 – 5 hous before de-moulding it. Carefully de-mould it and garnish as desired. I used chocolate coins and shavings to garnish.
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