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Baked Prune Cheesecake Veg CD DP 90mins plus standing and cooling

Serves 8-10    Cold Vegetarian Fruit Dessert

Ingredients

150ml/5fl.oz Red Wine
A piece of Cinnamon
4 Cloves
225g/8oz Ready to eat Prunes
175g/6oz Plain Flour
A pinch of Salt
100g/4oz Butter or Margarine
2 tbsp Icing Sugar

1 Egg Yolk

2 tbsp Water
225g/8oz Curd Cheese
225/8oz Cream Cheese
2 tbsp Cornflour
2 Whole Eggs
The grated zest and juice of 1 Large Lemon
teasp Vanilla Extract
3 tbsp Caster Sugar
150ml/5fl.oz. Double Cream


Instructions

1. Place the wine, cinnamon, cloves and prunes in a medium saucepan and heat to almost boiling. Remove from the heat, cover and leave to soak for 1 hour.

2. Meanwhile, place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl, mix well then rub the butter or margarine into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

3. Stir in the icing sugar then add the egg yolk and water and mix to a soft dough. Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas Mark 5. Roll the pastry out thinly and use to line the base of a 20cm/8-inch springform tin.

5. Drain the prunes, cut in half and remove the stones then arrange them on the pastry base and set aside.

6. Place the cheeses, cornflour, eggs, lemon juice and zest, vanilla and sugar in another bowl and mix very well.

7. Whip the cream until it just holds its shape then fold into the cheese mixture..

8. Pour this mixture into the lined tin, smooth the surface then bake for about 50 minutes until set.

9. Allow the cheesecake to cool completely before removing from the tin and serving.

 

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Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

 

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Wooden or Plastic Spoon

 

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