Sometime back someone on a baking group shared that a combination of cheese spread and hung curd works brilliantly for cheesecakes. I love such ideas. Cream cheese isn’t easily available around my place and is expensive too [I hate it when an experiment goes wrong and I need to dump the lot].
Plus I had some unflavored cheese spread lying in my refrigerator and this seemed quite an interesting way to use it.
The strawberry cheesecake turned out just perfect. The saltiness of the cheese spread was balanced with the sweetness of the strawberry crush and the hung curd. This also turned out to be ‘not too heavy’ and ‘not too cheesy’ for a cheesecake,ideal for someone like me. It is by far my best cheesecake ‘texture wise’.
Yummy, creamy and light – Get set and dig in.
I am off to enjoy my slice. Had fun !
Baked Strawberry Cheesecake With Hung Curd and Cheese Spread
Strawberry cheesecake made with hung curd!
Line a 6 inch round loose bottom tin or a spring form tin with parchment.
Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes.
Powder the biscuits in an electric mixer.
Throw in the cubed butter and pulse once or twice. You would now have a bread crumb like mixture.
Transfer into the prepared tin, spread evenly and press down into the tin to prepare the 'crust'.
Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Blend the remaining ingredients together until well combined. [You may check the sweetness and adjust it if required]
Pour over the prepared base and bake in the pre heated oven at 160 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the top looks set [ though a little wobbly].
Allow to come down to room temperature before refrigerating for 3-4 hours.
Your creamy yummy strawberry cheesecake is ready to be served.
- For the crust- I love using home-made whole wheat biscuits /a mixture of powdered oats and almonds/ a mixture of powdered cornflakes and oats, to give the crust a healthier feel. You may use either one of these or store brought digestive biscuits/graham crackers.
- Use an unflavored cheese spread for this recipe.
- Other flavours you can try- If not strawberry you may use other preserves / flavours to make your favourite cheesecake. I used Mala's strawberry crush for this recipe. They also have a variety of other flavours- like blueberry, rose etc. A simple vanilla flavoured one is a great idea too. You can always serve it with fresh fruits.
- Use fresh curd to make the hung curd. Sour curd wouldn't give the best result.