Healthier red onion and thyme cheesecake
- August 2016
- Serves 12
- Hands-on time 30 min, plus chilling and overnight setting
Savoury cheesecake makes a wonderful cheese course with a difference, or a light starter with dressed leaves. Ours is lower in fat and calories than richer alternative recipes.
- 15.5g (8.5g saturated)
- 18.3g (5.1g sugars)
- 250g rough oatcakes
- 1½ tbsp dried thyme
- 90g slightly salted butter, melted
For the filling
- 2 gelatine leaves (we used Costa Fine Leaf, from Waitrose & Ocado)
- 150g soft rindless goat’s cheese
- 70g parmesan, finely grated
- 600g 0% fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme leaves, plus extra to decorate
- 1 large garlic clove, crushed
- 7 tbsp red onion chutney
You’ll also need…
- 23cm diameter springform or loose-bottomed cake tin, greased with sunflower oil and base-lined with non-stick baking paper
- Whizz the oatcakes and dried thyme into fine crumbs in a food processor. With the motor running, pour in the melted butter and whizz until the mixture resembles wet sand, then season well. Set aside 2 tbsp of the oatcake mixture in an airtight container then, using the back of a spoon, press the rest into the prepared tin to form the cheesecake base. Chill for 1 hour.
- When the base is set, put the gelatine leaves in a small bowl and pour over cold water to cover, then leave to soften. Meanwhile, put all the remaining filling ingredients (apart from the red onion chutney) into a food processor and season with a little black pepper. Whizz until smooth, then transfer to a mixing bowl.
- Spoon 7-8 tbsp of the filling into a small saucepan, then warm gently over a low heat – don’t let it get more than hand hot or the mixture might split. Squeeze out any excess water from the gelatine leaves, then add them to the pan and stir until dissolved. Pour the warm mixture back into the bowl with the remaining filling and stir well.
- Lightly spread the red onion chutney over the oatcake base in the cake tin, leaving a 2cm border around the edge. Carefully pour the filling over the top, letting it spread to the edge of the tin. Gently tap the tin on the work surface to make sure there are no air bubbles in the filling. Put in the fridge to set overnight.
- Take the cheesecake out of the fridge about 30 minutes before serving to allow it to come to room temperature. Carefully remove it from the cake tin, then scatter the reserved oatcake crumbs onto the centre of the cheesecake along with extra fresh thyme leaves. Slice to serve.
We reduced the fat and cals by using fat-free yogurt instead of double cream, and gelatine rather than eggs to set the filling.
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