Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Newyork cheesecake with mango jello topping

It was our sixth wedding anniversary and as usual planned on how to spend our day and what dessert to make (yeah! dessert is always part of the plan). We rounded up on cheesecake because it was on the list for too long. First I decided to try plain newyork cheesecake, but then I wanted to make it colorful and fruit based. Mango or strawberry no-bake cheesecake was an option. But I thought a layered look would be more appealing and challenging to try. So I chose to make a mango jello topped cheesecake. I wanted to keep it as a surprise element for my husband, just to see the priceless surprised look on his face when he knows that I inherited some of his experimenting skills. I also made some kesar  milk pedas for my hubby to share with his collegues. But the cheesecake  was the star of the day. One essential thing for making the cheesecake is a springfoam pan. It really helps you get your cheesecake in one piece.

Things you'll need:

Graham crackers (about 30 squares) - 2 cups, finely ground
Ground cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
Unsalted butter - 1 stick, melted
Cream cheese -  1 lb (2 8oz blocks), softened
Eggs - 3
Sugar - 1 cup
Sour cream - 1 pint
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Jello mix - 1 pack (mango flavor)

Yield - 15 to 20 servings


Step 1:
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Mix the graham crackers, ground cinnamon and melted butter. Grease and dust the springfoam pan and press in the graham mixture evenly on the bottom and on the sides of the pan (It need not cover the entire sides. Just an inch high on the sides will do.). Cover the pan with a plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 15 mins.

Step 2:
Using an electric hand mixer or standing mixer, mix the cream cheese until soft. Add the eggs one by one to the cheese and mix together. Add the sugar, sour cream and vanilla, one at a time, and mix well until a creamy mixture is formed without lumps.

Step 3:
Pour the cheese mixture into the chilled pan and even out. Cover the outer side of the pan with foil and place it in a roasting pan. Add boiling water to the roasting pan not above half of the springfoam pan. Place it in the oven and bake for 45 mins to an hour. The key is the slight browning of the top of the cheesecake, and the center of the cake should still be jiggling.

 Step 4:
Let it cool for 30 mins. Cover the pan and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Prepare the jello mix according to the package directions. Allow it to cool down until the mixture feels thick and not watery. But it should not have set yet. Pour the jello mixture on top of the cheesecake. Cover it again and refrigerate until the jello is set.

Step 5:
Run a knife between the sides of the cake and the pan to loosen the cake. Unmold the cake and transfer it to a cake serving plate. Decorate it as u wish and serve.

You could add some mango pieces to the jello mixture.
You can alternatively mix mango juice and gelatin instead of store-bought jello.
Decorate it with fresh fruits or whipped cream topping.

Sending this recipe to Vardhini's bake fest event hosted by Archana