In a bid to increase Faith’s menu, I made a cheesecake for her. I reckon if it is purely just cheesecake, it will be too much of those cheese for her. Thankfully, Keiko Ishida’s Okashi provides a recipe for a pumpkin cheesecake and I suspect Faith might like since pumpkin is her favourite vegetable. To make it more nutritious, I added a tablespoon of the superfood Chia Seeds.
What you need:
Walnuts 30g, toasted
Digestive biscuits 70g
Unsalted butter, 40g melted
Japanese pumpkin, 250g, skinned and seeded
Brown sugar 90g
Cream cheese 220g
Ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp
Vanilla extract 1/2 tsp
Chia seeds 1 tbsp
Whipping cream 50g
Egg yolk 1
I used a 7 inch round cake pan with a removable base.
Toast walnuts for 20 minutes at 150C without preheating. Set aside.
Increase oven heat to 170C. Lightly grease cake pan with a little softened butter.
Place digestive biscuits and toasted walnuts in a food processor and lightly pulse into fine crumbs. Add melted butter and mix well. Transfer crumbs to the cake pan and spread evenly. Press down well and chill in the freezer to set.
Steam pumpkin for about 15 minutes or until softened. Place cooked pumpkin and brown sugar into a food processor and blend well. Add cream cheese, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, whipping cream, chia seeds and blend. Add eggs and egg yolk and mix lightly. Do not over-mix.
Pour cream cheese mixture over set biscuit base and bake for 50 minutes or until the surface is light brown and centre of cheesecake feels springy to the touch. I prefer to use the latter method instead of just referring to the time (I took more than 50 min).
Gently run a knife along the edge of cheesecake and leave to cool on a wire rack. Cover with cling film and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
On the day of serving, unmould cheesecake and slice into even pieces using a warmed knife to have those beautiful cut edges.
Have a go at it!