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« on: January 24, 2013, 12:26:20 PM »

DELICIOUS!



Ingredients

    1/2 cup ricotta cheese (4 ounces)
    1/2 cup cream cheese (4 ounces)
    1/4 cup goat cheese (2 ounces)
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 egg
    Pinch kosher salt
    1/2 cup thin strips roasted red bell peppers
    4 pitas
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1/4 cup apricot jam
    1 to 2 teaspoons hot water
    Special equipment: 1 (4 1/2-inch diameter) springform (cheesecake) pan

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Wrap the outside of the cheesecake pan with 2 layers of heavy-duty foil. Place the ricotta, cream cheese, and goat cheese in a food processor. Pulse to mix. Add the sugar, egg, and salt and pulse a few times until well mixed. Stir in the red pepper strips.

Pour the cheese mixture into the cheesecake pan. Place the cheesecake pan in a roasting pan. Pour enough hot water in the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan. Bake until the cheesecake is golden at the edges and the center of the cake moves slightly when the pan is gently shaken, about 45 minutes (the cake will become firm when it is cold.)

Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool for 1 hour. Refrigerate until the cheesecake is cold, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.

To make the pita chips, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut the pitas into 8 triangles each (like a pie). Drizzle the pita with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until crisp and golden, about 12 to 15 minutes.

To serve, combine the jam and the water in a small bowl and stir until the jam is liquefied. Remove the cheesecake from the springform pan. Place on a serving plate. Drizzle the jam mixture over the top of the cheesecake. Serve with the pita chips alongside.

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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2013, 04:28:45 PM »

That looks delicious!
Does the apricot jam give it a noticeably sweet taste, or is it more under the radar?
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2013, 05:18:45 PM »

That looks delicious!
Does the apricot jam give it a noticeably sweet taste, or is it more under the radar?

You definitely notice the sweetness, but it's more sweet 'n savory.  None of the cheeses stand out.  I may add more goat cheese next time.  Finding a 4-1/2 inch springform pan isn't easy.  I found it at TJMaxx for $4
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2013, 07:03:22 PM »


You definitely notice the sweetness, but it's more sweet 'n savory.  None of the cheeses stand out.  I may add more goat cheese next time.  Finding a 4-1/2 inch springform pan isn't easy.  I found it at TJMaxx for $4



Gotcha.
Do you think the texture would suffer if I left out the jam?

As for the pan, I'll hit up my family first. Between my Mum, aunts, and cousins, I'm sure somebody has one!
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2013, 07:39:07 PM »


Gotcha.
Do you think the texture would suffer if I left out the jam?

As for the pan, I'll hit up my family first. Between my Mum, aunts, and cousins, I'm sure somebody has one!

Yes.  I think "something" would be missing, but I think you could use any number of toppings - nothing too sweet.  A hot pepper jam or chutney would be good.

The pan must be wrapped in foil to prevent water from leaking into it.


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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2013, 07:44:11 PM »

Hmm...
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2013, 08:34:40 PM »


Yes.  I think "something" would be missing, but I think you could use any number of toppings - nothing too sweet.  A hot pepper jam or chutney would be good.

The pan must be wrapped in foil to prevent water from leaking into it.




Throw in some fried bacon then it'd be perfect
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2013, 03:10:18 PM »

Throw in some fried bacon then it'd be perfect

That would probably be pretty good ~ the saltiness would work well.

I bought some mango salsa at Aldi for the topping next time I make one.


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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2013, 03:45:55 PM »

That would probably be pretty good ~ the saltiness would work well.

I bought some mango salsa at Aldi for the topping next time I make one.




You're so friggin creative  Cool
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2013, 12:42:58 PM »

That would probably be pretty good ~ the saltiness would work well.

I bought some mango salsa at Aldi for the topping next time I make one.




Just broke open the salsa.  Nope.  Won't work.  Me no likey   Lips sealed
I still think bacon would work, WITH the jam on top. Perfect blend of sweet 'n savory.
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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2013, 01:31:07 PM »


Just broke open the salsa.  Nope.  Won't work.  Me no likey   Lips sealed
I still think bacon would work, WITH the jam on top. Perfect blend of sweet 'n savory.


That's what I was thinking
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