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10 September 2009

The all Indian Apple Cheesecake

Temptation

Apples in bakes come a close second for me after bananas. I have some three regular apple cake recipes that I like to use when I find some apples languishing in the refrigerator and I'm in a good mood to rescue them from dying a slow death. However let me not talk of morose things like death, when there's such an interesting recipe to share with you.

One of my best friends is a Marwari and once again I must say the Marwari ladies are a very creative lot - often indulging in very innovative pursuits, not excluding cooking. This recipe was passed on to my friend by her relative - an Indian version of an apple cheesecake or you can call it an apple pie. You can put this together if you have 15 minutes, 3 apples and a litre of milk on hand. I'm not kidding you, and I find this taste far far superlative to the regular apple pie which is not only more labour intensive but also flour & calorie intensive. If you serve this up at your next party, I can guarantee that your guests may forget you but will never forget the taste of this absolutely yummy piece of cheesecake. I've made this just once which was quite a few months ago - but I can't wait to make it again.

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The all Indian Apple CheesecakeTime taken - 15 minutes prep time and upto an hour of inactive baking time
Serves 6 at least

Printable version here

Ingredients

200 grams Digestive Marie or McVites biscuits
1 tbsp melted butter or ghee
3 apples - peeled, cored, sliced ( I used Shimla apples)
1 litre regular cow's milk - turned into paneer*
2 tbsp or more brown or regular sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder

Directions
Preheat oven at 200 C.

Crush the biscuits coarsely in food processor along with melted butter or ghee. Line this on the bottom and sides of a pie dish, pressing firmly with your fingers or the bottom of a cup / glass.

Place this in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool till the filling is ready.

Next, puree the sliced apples and when its almost done, add the paneer, cinnamon and sugar to get a smooth puree of apple and paneer. Add sugar depending on sweetness of apples.

Turn this puree into the baked crust, smoothen out and bake for 45 minutes or so at 180 C - until top is golden and the cake is nearly firm.

Cool in the refrigerator for a few hours and serve as it is or with some vanilla ice cream.



Dessert is served

* Heat one litre cow's milk till it comes to a boil - turn flame to sim. Add up to one tbsp vinegar or 1/2 cup curds to curdle the milk. Stir around until the separated water (whey) is clear and light green. Filter out the solids, pressing out as much liquid as you can. The filtered soild is the paneer to be used in the recipe.

25 comments:

Preeti Kashyap said...

Great Click! I am drooling!

Happy cook said...

WOw That is indeed a wonderfully delicious apple cheesecake.

Jayashree said...

Nice pic....esp the first one.

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Looks superb. Very yummy.

arundati said...

looks sexy.... if you know what i mean... minimal effort and maximum mileage!! must try...

Pauline said...

Oh man! That looks like a pumpkin pie! The perks to this pie/cake are better than any cheesecake or pie. Wow, less labor required and less calories consumed! This is a real keeper.

Nags said...

that's a very very interesting dessert!

bezajel said...

This looks delicious and so simple! I might try that with a gluten-free crust of some sort and see what happens!

Mansi said...

This sounds too good...yeah and so much less labour and calorie intensive as you said.

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nag said...

Wonderful..


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sangeetha said...

Thanks u so much..can't wait to try :)

s said...

my fav..i tried this one out, and posted it on my blog...fantastic

Ann said...

Great pic - interesting, I would have never thought of paneer in a dessert! =)

Cynthia said...

I really like this take on the apple pie.

Miri said...

Very very innovative!

Shri said...

Looks delish,Nandita!

Priya said...

Wow, have GOT to try this. Such a nice desi twist on apple pie and yeah does seem super simple. And its egg-free too - a bonus for me.

Kamini said...

Oh, this is a must-try! I like that it requires so little sugar - I guess the sweetness of the apple is sufficient, right?

Gardenia said...

Nandita, God bless you for sharing this amazing recipe! Waiting to try it out! I love what you say about Marwari women - so true! God bless the one who invented this recipe!

Nandita said...

Thank you all for your encouraging words - like Gardenia says, all credit goes to the one whose brainwave this recipe was! Something this simple and so yummy, is too good to be true.

Anushruti said...

This looks awesome....want to give it a try!

The ABCDs of Cooking said...

I am loving your site. This recipe especially because it is such a different take on an American classic. Those biscuits bring back such memories of dunking them in tea with my grandmother. Looks delicious.

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