Sunday, July 24, 2016

Plum Cheesecake and more

This is the last of my fruity posts for some time. Couldn't resist this what with the plum season almost coming to an end. I used the sweet n sour variety of plums for the cake. The sweet and tangy flavour was amazing especially when I bit into pieces of the fruit. I made it with whole wheat flour to give it a healthy twist. You can make it gluten free by using buckwheat flour. But this cake tends to become little dry. So add extra curds to the batter. Also, you will have to refrigerate it because buckwheat cakes have a very short shelf life.

Plum Cake
Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
Jaggery powder – 1 cup
Cinnamon powder – ½ tsp
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Baking soda – ½ tsp
Eggs – 3
Curd – ½ cup (more if required to adjust the consistency of the batter)
Butter – ¼ cup
Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
Fresh Plums (Sour sweet variety) – 1 cup

Sieve the dry ingredients together
Beat the eggs well and add slowly to the dry ingredients
Add butter and curds to the mixture to make the batter
Add vanilla essence
Slice the plums
Mix little flour and jaggery powder with the plum slices
Mix plums gradually with the batter
Sprinkle powdered jaggery and cinnamon powder on top of the batter
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
Bake for 15 to 20 mins
Test with a knife inserted into the center of the cake
Serve warm

Plum Cheesecake
Next, I tried a healthy cheesecake with low fat paneer and jaggery. And I liked what I ate.

Pic: Sanjana Kodical

Cheese Filling
Cottage Cheese (from toned milk) - 200 gms
Fresh plums (sweet variety) – 1 cup
Curd – ¼ cup
Condensed milk – 11/2 tbsp
Gelatin - 1 tsp
Biscuit Base
Marie biscuits - 10
Jaggery powder – 3 tbsp
Butter – 1 tbsp
Plum Compote
Plums (sweet variety) - 1 cup
Gelatin – ½ tsp
Jaggery powder – 2 tbsp

Cheese Filling
Dissolve gelatin in 3 tbsp warm water
Let it stand for some time
Add half the prepared plum compote to the ingredients
Blend in a mixie

Biscuit base
Crush biscuits
Blend together crushed biscuits, jaggery powder and butter in a mixie

Plum Compote
Slice plums
Add water and jaggery powder
Cook till plums become soft
Dissolve gelatin in 1 tbsp warm water
Let it stand for some time

Add to plum mixture and blend in a mixie

Assemble the cheesecake
Spread biscuit base at the bottom of a jar
Scoop cheese filling over it
Spread remaining plum compote on top
Refrigerate for 5 to 6 hours
Serve chilled

Health Benefits of Plums
Its antibodies have protective effects against insulin resistance and help to enhance insulin sensitivity in the body
Inhibits deterioration of bone tissues and prevents osteoporosis in postmenopausal women
Its high vitamin C content strengthens the immune system
Has antibodies with anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory effects on body cells, including the fat cells
Help in preventing obesity-related problems like high cholesterol, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases
Contains vitamin K helpful in normal clotting of the blood and bone health
Helps in normal growth of the brain
Assists in the formation of mood influencing hormones
Chlorogenic acids present in plums help in curing anxiety-related behaviors
Has high quantity of potassium which helps in regulating muscle contractions and acid-base balance of the body
Its vitamin C and antioxidants helps to maintain healthy, radiant and youthful skin
Has anti-aging nutrients which helps in reducing dark spots and wrinkles
Low glycemic index, so doesn't spike blood sugar levels. Helpful for diabetics and weight watchers
Has vitamin A and beta-carotene beneficial in maintaining healthy eye sight and preventing age-related macular degeneration

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