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Global Recipe: Cheesecake

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Global Recipe: Cheesecake

Ever wondered what is the one dessert that everyone can agree on? The answer is cheesecakes, because they are the most customizable dessert possible. Cheesecake can be vegan, dairy-free and can be whatever you want it to be. If there are any other allergens, almost all the ingredients have substitutes that can still taste delicious.

In addition, cheesecakes offer the opportunity that you can use whichever toppings you fancy, which give much more range than any other dessert. Today, I’ll share my own recipe with you that really works for everyone, but if you want to substitute, make sure that it is compatible, and don’t forget texture!

This particular thing about the cheesecake is that it really enunciates the taste of each culture, depending on the kind of cheese you use, the kind of biscuit you use, and the toppings.

In Egypt, there are special local biscuits that taste like childhood and nostalgia that you can use in the cheesecake to make it as Egyptian as possible, and this is also true for the toppings as well. Using fresh seasonal fruit in Egypt such as prickly pears, mangoes, or dates (with all of their kinds) provides an authentic oriental taste like no other!

 

Cheesecake Ingredients:

1- Crust:

Cheesecake Recipe

  • 2 packs of biscuits
  • ½ cup melted butter

2- Filling:

  • 11 cheese cubes, at room temperature
  • 1 pack whipping cream
  • A quarter of condensed milk
  • 1 pack cream
  • ½ cup creamy cheddar
  • ½ pack of pineapple jelly

3- Topping:

There are many toppings you can add, but below are the recommended ones:

  • Strawberry jelly
  • Raspberry jam
  • Fruits
  • Chocolate
  • Dates

Cheesecake Crust Instructions:

 I start with two packs of Jolie biscuits, or any kind of plain biscuits that you like, and break them down into very soft crumbs, and then add a melted cube of butter. Mix them together really well and put them in a layer in a pan, and then let it rest in the fridge until we’re done with the other steps.

 

Cheesecake Filling Instructions:

Global Recipe CheesecakeThe next step is making the cheese. I beat together 11 Kiri cheese cubes (my favourite) with some whipping cream, a quarter of condensed milk, cream, and half a cup of creamy cheddar cheese (I use the French brand Président). Mix them together really well. Stir some pineapple jelly in warm water, and then add to the cheese mix. Afterward, after all is well mixed, add it to the butter biscuit layer we put earlier in the fridge. You can customize the toppings with jelly, jam, fruits, chocolate, whatever floats your boat! Add dates for an oriental touch, as it is a taste special to the Middle East.

In addition, Egypt is very famous for its mangoes! Ismailia alone has hundreds of different kinds of mangoes, so adding fresh mangoes to the cheesecake is very Egyptian!

Leave it afterward in the fridge for another six hours or so, and serve chilled. Enjoy!