Till date I have never had such delicious Cheesecake and the worst part is Mom does not remember who she purchased it from. When I entered my 30's I found some places that sold Cheesecakes off the shelf but nothing could beat the authentic taste that I had as a child (to me that was and is authentic) :-) Even what mom makes could not match up to that taste and texture.
I am an extremely lazy person specially when it comes to trying out dishes verbatim from any cook book and I really don't enjoy browsing for recipes and trying them too. This probably owes to the fact that I have always been a keen observer of what mom taught and prepared. Most often I tend to go random on my cooking but certainly palatable. So I found this book on some 101 Desserts lying in my shelf along with a few others that Amma had given to me (It wasn't of much use to her and she thought I would religiously try them out). I am sure this book has been lying in my shelf for more than 6 years and I decided to flip through it last year and surprisingly a few recipes really caught my eye (well cos they were easy to make) :-) One of which was the Cheese Cake. I have always dreaded the thought of making a Cheese Cake cos of the preparation of Cream Cheese from scratch. But when I read this recipe, I knew it would be a crack through the very first time.
And it was a big hit one midnight when my son Anubhav and I decided to try it last year when Amma was away on holiday. Subsequently, I prepared this yet again when my brother visited me and that's when Amma also tasted it and she gave me a green signal. I found a super difference in the texture the 2nd time around. Today, I decided to make a couple of Desserts for a Potluck with my Besties from a Moms Forum https://www.facebook.com/groups/wondermom/ and some of my friends really motivated me to give this recipe. I had to give up my laziness and write this out for you all specially for my friends! I thank mom's friend Lakshmi for having presented her with such a possession which is mine now. I will ensure that I share some recipes as and when I try them.
4 Eggs (Separated)
1 Tin Condensed Milk (Preferably Milk Maid)
2.5 Tbsp Corn Flour
Juice of 3 Lemons
2 Tbsp powdered biscuit (Marie Biscuit or Homemade Butter Cookies)
1 Tbsp Butter
1. Preheat your oven in 180 degrees or 200 degrees and grease your baking dish well
2. Beat the yolks until creamy and add the condensed milk, corn flour & the juice of lemons and beat well after each addition
3. Beat in the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed
4. Fold in the stiff egg white into the condensed milk mixture
5. Sprinkle half of the powdered biscuit into the greased tray and then pour the mixture. Top it by sprinkling the rest of the powdered biscuit.
6. Bake at 180 degrees or 200 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes (Mine was done at 200 degrees for 30 mins and I use a Sunflame OTG)
Note: I added 1 tsp vanilla essence to the mixture as well to enhance the taste.
Hope all of you try this out and experience some delicious goodness to your taste buds as much as all of us did. Some pictures for you guys.
|Today's Baked Cheese cake for Potluck turned out |
just as yummy as the one I tasted decades ago
|Yet another try earlier this year and it was awesome |
with a smooth texture
|The very first time I tried prior to baking |
(I did not have Marie Biscuit so used Chocolate Wafers)
|Anubhav helping me bake at that hour brought me a lot of joy|
|Baked Cheese cake in 2013|
|Sliced for us to delve into and it was yummy but was soft|