Tuesday, March 30, 2010

EASTER DESSERT PERHAPS? ~ COCONUT CREAM CHEESECAKE

"Well pleaseth me the sweet time of Easter
That maketh the leaf and the flower come out."

~ Bertran de Born

~ White cyclamen
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COCONUT CREAM CHEESECAKE
~ 20 year old recipe from The Heritage House in Little River, California
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CRUST:
2/3 cup flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
5 Tbsp. chilled unsalted butter, cut in small pieces

FILLING:
3 8-oz. packages room temperature cream cheese
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 room temperature organic eggs
2 room temperature egg yolks
2 cups flaked coconut
1 cup whipping cream
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
toasted coconut
  • For crust: combine flour & sugar in large bowl. Using pastry blender (or 2 knives) cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Gather into ball. Wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Press dough into bottom of 10-inch springform. Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Cool slightly. Cool slightly. Reduce oven to 300-degrees.
  • For filling: Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and yolks, 1 at a time. Mix in flaked coconut, whipping cream, fresh lemon juice, vanilla and almond extract.
  • Pour filling into crust. Bake until edges are firm, about 70 minutes. Let cheesecake completely cool.
  • Remove springform and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Just before serving, sprinkle with toasted coconut. (12 servings).

13 comments:

Kiki said...

Oooh..yum..this sounds really lovely Joey! You always have the perfect combo..love the flower too..gorgeous shot!!
Have a wonderful day and lovely Easter wkd!
Kiki~

Caroline said...

That sounds Super Yummy and I love the photo of the back of the cyclamen flower. Thank you for visiting my blog and allowing me to find yours--love the concept of flowers and food together!

Eliza said...

Ooh, gorgeous presentation! I don't think I've ever had coconut with cheesecake before but it sounds perfect. :)

joey said...

Thanks, dear Kiki. Easter Blessing to you!

Welcome, Caroline, and thank you. It was a joy visiting your lovely site.

A great fan of coconut, I love this, Eliza, even though I can't stop thinking of morels :)

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Joey, hope you are enjoying the same nice weather we have here.

Coconut desserts are my father's favorite. I should make this as a treat for him.
Marnie

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

How interesting. We were married at little cottage overlooking Little River Bay! Just for that, I think we might have try this, and I love coconut cake, so I'm sure this will be divine! Happy Easter Joey!

Johnny Nutcase said...

that's a beautiful macro! and i love coconut!

Elephant's Eye said...

I recognise your name and face, but your blog has had a makeover since I was last here. Flowers and food, is a marriage made in heaven. The Ungardener loves cheescake, and coconut. But I sadly don't much like baking, I'd rather be in the garden!

joey said...

Isn't this weather glorious, Marnie! Do hope your father is still on the mend, able to enjoy this spring too. You are a wonderful daughter and blogging friend. Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, CVF! Spring is divine and happy thoughts are with you :)

Thanks Johnny :) A 'clean' shot ... just got back from viewing your awesome mushroom photos ... you are a PRO!

Hello Elephant's Eye ... actually, 'same old, same old' blog filled with food among the flowers! On awesome days like today, I too prefer to be in the garden (and was) ... tonight is a salad night!

marmee said...

i agree with bertran de born...i am pleased that easter is here...so are the flowers.
hope you are having a delightful spring so far.

Kala said...

What a lovely shot Joey, the portrait orientation is perfect. And the recipe - I would love to taste that cheesecake!

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Not a cheesecake fan at all, but I like coconut anything (especially curry and rice) so maybe...except we're not doing anything for Easter except hanging out together. Maybe having lobster.

joey said...

Our weather is amazing, Marmee, and will enjoy it while it's here. April in Michigan can be very fickle!
Easter Blessings.

Thanks Kala ... wish you were here to enjoy! Happy spring and happy shooting :)

Hi Jodi. All my 'chickens/grandchickens' plus a few friends will be joining us for Easter ... my kinda' day! But ... save some lobster for me ... as soon as I'm finished cleaning up, I'm on my way :) Happy Easter!