I am so proud of myself!I baked my first rather complicated Cheese cake and it tasted unbelievably delicious,..i first tasted this cake at Janine's launching of christian lacroix furniture..
As usual i will ask for the recipe,and Karina was kind enough to give me the recipe...
"I think you should buy the book- there's plenty of good and yummy recipe in it",said Karina..
I brought the cake to a friend's house and they were blown away at the sight of my cake, and even more later, when we actually ate it. I brooded quite a while over the choice of the perfect cake and at last I opted for the caramel and macadamia cheesecake from the Ottolenghi cookbook. (I love this book. Every recipe I have tried so far was outstanding)...i recommend it to you guys!!..
The cheesecake recipe was a bit intimidating, with two kinds of caramel, macadamia brittle and caramel sauce for the topping, but it turned out to be surprisingly easy.
For the Batter:
600 gm cream cheese at room temperature
60 ml sour cream
120 gm caster sugar (I used 100 g)
1/2 vanilla pod or vanilla extract.
4 eggs, lightly beaten
icing sugar for dusting
160 gm biscuits ( digestives)
40gm butter, melted
For Nut brittle
150 gm macadamia nuts
90 gm caster sugar
For Caramel sauce:
65 gm butter
160 gm caster sugar
100 ml whipping cream
1. Preheat the oven to 140°C (285°F), grease a 20 cm loose base cake tin (springform)
2. Whiz the biscuits in a food processor (or put in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin or whatever heavy thing you have at hand). Add the melted butter and mix to a wet, sandy consistency. Put the mixture in the tin and flatten with a spoon.
3. Put sugar and cream cheese in a big bowl and whisk (by hand or with an electric mixer). Split the vanilla pod, scrape the seeds out and add to the sugar-cream cheese mixture or just add vanilla extract. Add the eggs one by one, mix until smooth and creamy. Pour the batter over the biscuit base and place in the oven for about 60-70 minutes (my cake needed 70 min. until the wooden skewer came out clean) Chill for a couple of hours on the baking tin base. You can remove the cake more easily when it is completely cool and set.
4. For the nut brittle scatter the macadamias over a baking sheet and put them to roast in the oven for about 15 minutes until golden brown. *Line a baking tray with baking parchment (this is to put the nut brittle in- to cool it down later) . Place the sugar in a large saucepan. The layer of sugar must not be more than 3 mm high in the pan. Heat gently until the sugar melts. It took me about a few minutes before anything happened in the pan. Do not stir!! Watch careful until the sugar browns. It should be golden brown but not too dark. Add the nut and carefully mix with a wooden spoon until most of the nuts are coated with the liquid sugar. Pour them onto *the baking tray and leave until the brittle hardened. Chop very roughly.
5. To make the sauce, put butter and sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and stir constantly over medium heat with a wooden spoon until it becomes a dark brown caramel. Be careful not to burn. Add the cream and stir vigorously. Leave to cool.
6. To finish the cake, dust it generously with icing sugar. Spoon the sauce in the middle of the cake, allow it to spill over. Scatter the nut brittle on top.
The cake will keep in the fridge for 3 days.
(Don´t be concerned. Your pans may look like a battlefield but they aren´t actually ruined. Just fill them with water and boil until the caramel has melted.)
Try this recipe- it's as easy as ABC..trust me!!!