Friday, May 21, 2010
Kefir and Currant Cheesecake!
This decadent, smooth, and delightfully rich cheesecake is absolutely delicious and healthy for you too! Made with a homemade kefir pie crust, this completely "from scratch" kefir cheesecake will blow away everyone's expectations and taste buds!
Kefir and Currant Cheesecake
8 oz (1 cup) fresh kefir cheese (labne)
2 Tablespoons fresh milk kefir-grains
4 oz (1/2 cup) Sugar
2 oz (1/4 cup) Currants
1 large (or 2 small) Eggs, preferably organic and free-range
1 oz butter, melted
A pinch of nutmeg
A pinch of cinnamon
Finely chop kefir grains with sharp knife on cutting board. Mix the chopped kefir grains with the kefir cheese (labne), currants, and spices. Beat the egg and stir in with the sugar and butter. Line the dish with the homemade kefir pie crust pastry (recipe listed below) and put in the kefir cheese (labne) mixture. Bake in a moderate oven (350°F) for 20 minutes or until set. Delicious hot or cold; serves approximately six people.
Homemade Kefir Pie Crust Pastry
2 cups flour (preferably organic spelt and organic pastry flour; I used organic whole wheat flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup kefir
2/3 cup oil (I used peanut oil)
Combine the flour, salt, kefir, and oil. Stir only until the dry ingredients are blended in. Roll the dough between two pieces of wax paper. Remove the top layer of the was paper and transfer crust into desired pie plate with the bottom wax pap still intact and on top. Remove the wax paper from crust and shape the edges as desired...simple and delicious!
You can chill your completed pie shell in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours before baking for extra crispness.
If you would like to make your own Kefir Cheesecake, Kefir Pastry Crust, or any of my other scrumptious kefir recipes you can find the organic, probiotic kefir grain cultures in my etsy shop...all you need to do is purchase them once and you can make delicious, healthy kefir indefinitely!
Here are a couple of my most recent wonderfully sweet kefir grain reviews:
"Stellar transaction! Well packaged plump and healthy grains arrived quickly from a caring individual." - Mauricio
"These little fellas are in great shape! Nice packaging and fast shipping time. Thanks again!" - Eliza