I like to simplify my recipe. When I cooked or when I baked, i usually think of bachelor who are kitchen phobia and who do not like to cook. With this in mind, I always modify my recipe to the extent that it is simplest possible.
This is a modified traditional recipe for cheese cake. Instead of using cream, ice-cream was used. No gelatine were used to keep the cheese cake in shape, Therefore this chilled cake is suitable for those that are out of time and wanted an equally delicious presentable cheesecake.
WHAT IS REQUIRED
- 350 g of any sweet or plain biscuits
- You can use biscuits of any type and I have used 3 types of biscuits (inclusive of oreo biscuits) and some Ferrero Roche chocolates. It is advisable to have some sweetened biscuits as it will make the base tastier and there is no need to add additional sugar. Search you kitchen for some biscuits that have been with you for a while and use these instead of throwing it away..smile.
- 2 blocks of 250 g cream cheese at room temperature
- 150 grams of sweetened beverage creamer or condensed milk
- 100 g of Oreo ice cream – melted at room temperature (can change to any flavour that you like)
- 100 g of chocolate ice cream – melted at room temperature
- A 8” diameter spring-form tin – This is a special non stick baking tin with a spring on the side. It is not a must but if you have the tin, it will make your life much easier especially when you detach the cheesecake from the tin. Otherwise, try to use a baking tin whereby you can detach the bottom as in the third picture. If you wanted to cut your cheese cake into small finger sizes, you can use a detachable square tin, which is easier to cut and maximize your “recovery rates”.
STEPS OF PREPARATION
Getting Ready the biscuit crust
- Melt the butter either directly over small heat or using a microwave oven and heat for 1 minutes. Set aside for later use.
- Grease a round 20cm (8 inch) spring-form tin with melted butter and line the base and side with baking paper.
- IF YOU ARE USING A NON STICK SPRING-FORM BAKING TIN as in this illustration, there is no need to grease and line with baking paper. This illustration have by pass this step. Otherwise, you have to do the greasing and lining This step is important to ensure that when you open your “fragile” cheese cake, it would not break the size or base.
- Finely crushed all the biscuits and chocolates using a food processor until very fine. If you do not have or do not wish to use a food processor, place them in a sealed plastic bag and crush them with something heavy like a rolling spin.
- In the above illustration, the second picture is the plain crushed plain biscuits and the third picture is after additions of crushed Oreo biscuits and Ferrero Rocher chocolates.
- Transfer to the bowl , add melted butter, stir until the biscuit crumbs are moist.
- Press firmly over the base and up the side of the tin to create an even shell.
- Refrigerate for about 20 minutes or until firm.
- This biscuit crust is a rich and aromatic crust after the addition of Oreo biscuits and most important of all, Ferrero Rocher chocolates and it blends well with the cheesy fillings.
Making the fillings..
- Beat the softened cream cheese in a bowl for about 3 minutes, or until smooth.
- Add in the condensed milk and continued to beat for another 1 minutes or until smooth.
- Separate the beaten cream cheese into two portions. Leave one portion in the mixing bowl.
- Add the melted Oreo ice cream to the portion in the mixing bowl, beat for another one minute or until smooth. Set aside for later use.
- Place the other portion of beaten cream cheese in the bowl.
- Add the melted chocolate ice cream, beat for one minutes or until smooth and the color is consistent. You have to scope up the cream cheese stick to the bottom of the mixing bowl and ensure there were no cream cheese left in mixing bowl.
- Pour both portions into the tin and dust with some crushed Ferrero Rocher and Oreo biscuit.
- Chilled overnight decorate with fruits or extra cream.
- Best serve directly from the fridge.
There are many variations to this recipe. Do consider the following variations to suit your own taste buds. This recipe had used chocolate based flavour putting together Ferrero Rocher and Oreo Biscuit. However, you can always use other flavour like strawberry ice cream with strawberry flavoured biscuits, coconut ice cream with plain biscuit based (added shredded coconuts), Mocha ice cream with coffee flavoured biscuits etc. … Or you can just used plain biscuits using vanilla ice creams.
As this is an ice cream based cheesecake, therefore, the texture will be slightly soft but very creamy. If you like a firmer texture like the type that you seen in the pastry shops, you can add some gelatine to the batter.
To add gelatine, put about 3 tablespoons of plain water/lemon juice/orange juice, sprinkle some gelatine powder in an even layer over the surface and leave to go spongy. Bring a large pan filled with water to the boil, then remove from heat. Carefully lower the gelatine bowl into the water (at least halfway up the side of the bowl) then stir until the gelatine has dissolved. When the cream cheese batter is ready, fold in these melted gelatine to the mixture.
- This is a chilled cheesecake and no baking is required.
- The replacement of normal cream in the making of cheesecake with ice creams make the cheese cake more aromatic.
- It is a fusion of normal ice cream cake and traditional cheesecake that provides a cheesy yet creamy taste.
- The recipe is fully flexible and you can easily tailor to the type of flavor that you preferred.
- At the right temperature, it is very easy for you cut into your desired size. It is good to serve as a small house gathering snack.
Hope you like it and make a step towards making the cake. It is nothing difficult to make. Kitchen phobia bachelors, make this cake to surprise your loved ones. Cheers
A 3 hour trips to the Garden by the Bay Singapore uncover many beautiful yet common flowers.
Part I of this post is the common roadside flowers whereas Part II of the post the photo taken in a section of the garden where almost flowers nearby are white in color.
PART 2 – THE WHITE “KNIGHTS”
“Be like the flower, turn your faces to the sun.” – Kahlil Gibran
“Where flowers bloom so does hope” – Lady Bird Johnson
“Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.” – Sigmund Freud
“Friends are flowers in the garden of life” – Proverb
“The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.” – Rabindranath Tagore
“Just living is not enough. One mus have sunshine freedom, and a little flower”
“The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly” – William Wordsworth
Thanks for appreciating these simple monotone flower with me ! I just love the way they are. White is simple, white is purity and definitely white is nobly. Cheers.
National/State Flower Series – East Asia 7 – Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China – Nelumbo Nucifera
“Nelumbo nucifera, known by a number of names including Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, or simply lotus, is one of two species of aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae. ……… This plant is an aquatic perennial. Under favorable circumstances its seeds may remain viable for many years, with the oldest recorded lotus germination being from that of seeds 1,300 years old recovered from a dry lakebed in North Eastern China. (Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelumbo_nucifera)”
Nelumbo Nucifera is the “state flower” for Macao Special Administrative Regions of People’s Republic of China. Beside Macao, India and Vietnam are also using this flower as national flower. But that should not be confused with Bangladesh’s national flower, water lily (睡莲）which belong to the family of Nymphaea.
Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn
Lotus is a perennial aquatic plants with a long history and apparently is a leader in the midsummer seasonal flowers. In the heat of summer waves, pools were full of green lotus leaves that waved slowly and its flowers were emitting a fragrance resembling fragrance from the bathing beauties. Hence, In Chinese, lotus were also called “gentlemen flowers 花中君子” or “flowers of beautiful ladies 花中美人”
Pic courtesy of www.micefinder.com
Macau and lotus
A dike north of Macau which connects to Zhua Hai and Lianfeng San was said to look like a lotus stem. Therefore, in ancient times, Macau was described as a lotus that floats in the open sea and at times being called a lotus island. Due to its unique shapes, Macao people believed that Macau was the reincarnation of a lotus flower and called Macau as the land of the treasure lotus (“莲花宝地“）。
Macao people loves lotus as they believed that lotus symbolizes good fortune, peace and holiness. Macau’s literature, myths, proverbs, dramas and couplets etc. often uses lotus as an avenue to express their feelings. Macao peoples daily lives, thoughts and feelings are closely associated with lotus and a bond have been established. People generally planted lotus as a hobby. There are many cultures that have elements of lotus such as lotus wordings in their door couplets.
Macau’s also has a lot of streets, villages and buildings that have the name associated with lotus, such as Lotus Hill
(莲花山）, Lin Fong Temple （莲峰庙）, Lotus Stream Temple （莲溪庙）, Lotus Bridge （莲花大桥）, and so on.
Macao Lotus Bridge stamp（Pic Courtesy: http://gulfmannmaxicard.blogspot.sg
Lotus is also the official flower emblem of Macao
and appeared in Macao’s flags. It is also a common item in Macao’s stamps and currency.
- The Lotus Square or Golden Lotus Square (Chinese: 金蓮花廣場; Portuguese: A Praça Flor de Lodão) is an open area of Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. The area features the large bronze sculpture Lotus Flower In Full Bloom (Chinese: 盛世蓮花) and is somewhat akin to the Golden Bauhinia of neighboring Hong Kong. (PLEASE REFER HONG KONG’S STATE FLOWER HERE). The lotus flower in full bloom symbolizes the everlasting prosperity of Macau. The sculpture was presented by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China in 1999 to mark the Macau sovereignty transfer from Portugal to the PRC. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Square)
Finally, I have finished my national flowers for East Asia and a summary will be compiled for your reference soon. Hope you enjoy the post.
Thank for reading.