Monday, September 25, 2006

Basic Baked Delicious Cheese Cake

(Bolo de queijo básico cozido delicioso)

I started making this recipe a few months ago. It’s my variation of Donna Hay’s cheese cake presented in Modern Delicious 2 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Classics-Book-Biscuits-Cookbooks/dp/0060525894. I changed just a few quantities and made it simpler in ingredients. It tastes divinely nevertheless and is, in my view, a much better cheese cake than the cream and gelatine variations you find nowadays in most Portuguese restaurants.

Base
150 gr digestive biscuits
100 gr butter
1 pinch powder nutmeg

Filling
500 gr ricotta
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
Juice ½ lemon
Lemon rind of 1 lemon

Method
Process the biscuits until finely grated, mix with the melted butter and add the nutmeg.
Press the dough very well in a round 22cm tin with a table spoon. Let it cool and dry a little in the fridge while you make the filling.

Turn the oven to 150ºC.
Beat the ricotta with an electric mixer together with the sugar until very smooth. Add the whole eggs, lemon rind and juice and mix well.
Pour the mixture carefully in the tin and cook for about 1 hour. Check it after 50min and keep controlling the texture with a wooden toothpick. It shouldn’t be completely dry because it will thicken afterwards.

Remove from the oven and let it cool completely. Dust with icing sugar or cover with strawberry jam.

Enjoy!

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