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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Durian Cheesecake



Durian is the king of fruits in Malaysia. Most Malaysian will claimed that this is the best fruit amongst the countless varieties available here. This fruit has a creamy texture and its fragrance lingers on long after the fruit has been digested. Good quality durians are usually sold by the roadside stalls and many Malaysian do not mind setting aside their elegance to eat durians in a squatting position at these stalls. Same goes for Hubby and Sydney. But as for me, you will never catch me at these stalls eating durians either dead or alive. I must confess that I am not a durian fan.

Sydney has been bugging me to make Durian Cheesecake after tasting one made by her friend's mother many years ago. She even boldly asked her friend's mother for the recipe. Somehow I never had the opportunity to make one or to be honest refused to even attempt since I do not like durians *selfish*.

Last week, my babysitter gave us some very good quality durians which Hubby and Sydney could not finish. After some persuasion from Sydney I decided to try out the Durian Cheesecake. I must admit that durian and cheese are like a marriage made in heaven, this combination tasted just divine. Although I may still not like durian as a fruit but I certainly don't mind having Durian Cheesecake.

This recipe that I used is by Catherine Lau and was published in Flavours Magazine (Sept - Nov 2001) but I have made some changes according to the ingredients that I have.

Base
200g digestive biscuits
50g cornflakes
20g brown sugar
125g melted butter

Filling
500g cream cheese
80g castor sugar
20g honey
10g custard powder
50g cornflour
4 large eggs
350g durian pulp
120g whipping cream

To assemble base
1. Put all ingredients except butter in a food processor and process till fine.
2. Pour the processed ingredients in a bowl and stir in butter.
3. Grease the side of a 23cm springform and line the base with aluminium foil.
4. Press mixture evenly and firmly on the base of cake pan.
5. Keep in the fridge for 30 minutes.

To prepare filling
1. Put all ingredients in a food processor and process until mixture is smooth.
2. Pour onto prepared base.
3. Bake at 150C for 1 hour or until the cake is firm in the centre.

Note - I prefer using food processor for making cheesecake as less air is incorporated that will result in lesser crack on the cake.

13 comments:

Sherreen said...

Hi,

I was just curious...did you bake the cake or steam bake it?

Ling's Passion said...

sherreen : Thanks for dropping by. To answer your question, I just bake the cake. No steam bake required.

Beachlover said...

I'm drooling at the durian part!! not the cheesecake part! no offence,your durian cheesecake is really pretty,must be good!.Here we can get cheese and relatively cheap but not durian...too bad to get good Thai's durian like striking 4 ekor liao!lol!!

The Caked Crusader said...

I have never eaten durian.
The texture of your cheesecake looks wonderfully indulgent. Can I have a slice please?

daphne said...

That looks lovely!! Durian and cheese-perfect! I would love to sink my teeth in one slice.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks good. I eat durian but not really crazy for it so not sure I would want a piece of durian cheesecake. Scare scare leh!

Big Boys Oven said...

this is awesome, your durian cheesecake looks gorgeous and creamy . . . . I think I will be making a durian chocolat moussecake!

suesue said...

Wow so long didn't visit your blog d and once log in you greet me with your Durian Cheesecake. If my kids see this sure they would love it.

Ling's Passion said...

beachlover : Aiya too bad cannot send by courier otherwise I'll send you :)

the caked crusader : Here...catch. Hope you enjoy my cheesecake...ha..ha..ha

daphne : I totally agree with you...durian+cheese=divine

little corner : Don't like durians, no worries....can save some money....ha..ha..ha. Durians are not cheap here too.

big boys oven : Can't wait to see your durian chocolate mousse cake. Must be lovely like all your other cakes.

suesue : Since you are such a terror good cook, no problem for you to make some for your children.

FAMILY FIRST said...

Luckily my hubby does not read food blogs ... else he will bug me to death to make this for him!

Nilmandra said...

Wow looks so easy too! I would kill for a slice now... I miss durians so much! :)

Ling's Passion said...

family first : Thanks for dropping by. Do try this some day and.....your hubby will adore you for it.

nilmandra : No need to kill. Since you are such a good cooker/baker am sure you can bake one.

chumpman said...

I would love to make this durian cheesecake for mom, just my dad will run away from home for a couple of days I'm afraid. LOL ! I should buy Dad a short trip and give a try of this someday