Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sweet Tropical Temptation: Passion Fruit Cheesecake








When it comes to cheesecake their are two fan clubs in our family:
The "purists" led by my husband and the "real fruit topping" fans. So I often do half of the cake with topping and the other half without. Declaredly my kitchen resembles a bit the free market- it all depends on supply and demand :)
The Passion fruit topping cheesecake even convinced the purists because the delicate flavor of the fruit combines very well with the creamy cheesecake filling and is not overwhelming. As for the presentation the Passion fruit gives a wonderful brightness to the pale color of the cheesecake.
A crumbly oatmeal cookie crust adds crunchiness to the silky texture of the filling.
When I'm in Austria, I prepare the local version of  this dessert, "Topfentorte" which is prepared with Topfen or Quark as it is called in Germany. It's lighter and has a very subtle flavor.
As we are planning to spent the next months until after Christmas in Vienna, I will post the Austrian version of this cheesecake soon.
Now I'm off, there are still so many things to do until traveling, time is short and my to do list seems to grow mysteriously every day.

For the cheesecake you need:



3 1/2 P. soft cream cheese ( best at room temperature)
1/2 cup Greek joghurt
1cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 spoonful freshly pressed lime juice
1 spoonful lemon zest
3 cups coarsely crushed oatmeal cookies ( about 250g )
1/2 cup melted , unsalted butter



Method:
Pulse cookies in the food processor or put them in a plastic food bag and crush with a rolling pin to chunky crumbs.



Mix with the warm, melted butter.


Press mixture into bottom of the springform, until evenly covered.



Chill until set (about 1/2 hour).

Method for the cheesecake filling:
Whisk the cream cheese and Greek jogurt with a
hand mixer until soft and creamy.



Add sugar, lime juice and lime zest, mix well.



Add the eggs, mixing well until all ingredients
have blended in well.



Pour over the Cookie mixture



Smooth the surface and bake in preheated oven at 220 C about 45 minutes or until just set in the center. (When a wooden tooth pick stays clean.)
Turn the oven off. Leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door slightly open until completely cooled down to prevent cracking.
Uups, I forgot about this part, so my cheesecake cracked a bit :(



For the Passion fruit topping you need:
11/2 cup fresh passion fruit pulp ( or frozen Passion fruit pulp)
4 spoonful water
1 tablespoon cornflour
1/2 cup of granulated sugar           

Method:
Put the Passion fruit pulp in a medium sauce pan, add sugar (the amount of sugar may vary depending if you use fresh fruit or frozen pulp)



Add sugar and mix well.




Combine cornflour and water in a small bowl. Add to the Passion fruit mixture.


Cook over medium heat, stirring 2-3 minutes or until mixture boils and thickens.



Let cool down.
Pour over cheesecake and place in fridge until set.



Enjoy!
See you next week.
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53 comments:

  1. That looks really delicious, especially with the passion fruit drizzled on top!

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    1. As I can see you are part of the natural fruit topping fan club:)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Wow, this looks good! I love the idea of passion fruit topping! I tend to fall more into the "purist" camp, but I'll never say no to any fruit topping. Have a good trip!

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    1. Thank you so much John, glad to hear you liked the post!
      I'm always between fruit and purists, it depends a bit on my mood :)

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  3. I am such a fan of passion fruit...This cheesecake looks so amazing that I am about to drool over my keyboard!

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    1. Hi Denise,
      I'm so happy to see that it finally worked and you were able to enter the comment box. Thanks for your patience and for this sweet comment!

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  4. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comSeptember 4, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Hhi Daniela, Delish cheese cake and I can smell the sweet aroma of passion fruit too :) Thanks for sharing and have a nice day :)

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    1. So happy to hear that you enjoyed the post.
      And yes- the aroma of the Passion fruit was wonderful :)
      Have a great day!

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  5. Wow, this is my kind of cheesecake...passion fruit sounds delicious, especially the fresh ones...
    Thanks for the recipe Daniela and hope you are enjoying your week my dear :D

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    1. Hi Juliana,
      I couldn't agree more with you, there are only a very few things better than a cheesecake with Passionfruit :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Oh wow, this looks awesome! Passion fruit is definitely not something you see everyday in a cheesecake. I love passion fruit juice so I know I'll love this. Thanks for sharing Daniela!

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    1. Hi Anne,
      so happy to hear you enjoyed the post and as I see- we both like Passion fruit :)
      Cheers

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  7. Hi Daniela, your passion fruits cheese cake look really awesome and delectable. I like the one with fruit topping. :))Will try your recipe when I manage to get the fruit.

    I'd previously baked passion fruit pound cake serve with passion fruit ice cream... it taste really good too. It's a pity we can't get passion fruits very often in my territory.

    Usually if I spot any, I'll buy about 2kg. Scoop out the pulp cook with sugar until boil. Cool and store in fridge. If make juice, just add water and ice. If for making cake,add in the pulp.

    Have a nice day. Enjoy your coming trip. :)

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    1. Hi my dear friend,thanks so much for your sweet comment!
      If it''s difficult for you to get fresh Passion fruit you could try it with any other tropical fruit that has a slightly sour flavor.
      Thanks for your good wishes for my trip,hopefully there will be new culinary ( and other ) inspirations :))
      Have a great day!

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  8. ABSOLUTELY DROOL WORTHY CREATION....SOFT,TENDER AND SPONGY...WITH THAT PASSION FRUIT PULP TOPPING IT...IRRESISTIBLE...WE ARE SO GOING TO TRY THIS OUT FOR THE WEEKEND,THANKS FOR SHARING :-)

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    1. Hi Rakesh &Swikruti,
      Thanks for your always encouraging and inspiring comments!
      Have a great day (maybe with a piece of Passion fruit cheesecake :)) ?

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    2. Daniela,just wanted to say the cheesecake came out perfectly...we tried it today and the results were fabulous,thanks for this beautiful recipe...comes out clean and is quick to make... :-)

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    3. Thanks so much for this great feedback!
      So glad that the recipe turned out well and that you let me know about it :)

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  9. This looks gorgeous!!! What a perfect looking cheesecake

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  10. I love cheesecake both with and without topping. I have never had one topped with passion fruit, what a great idea. My mouth is watering now. Thanks for sharing Daniela!

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    1. Thank you so much Nancy,
      so glad to hear you enjoyed the post.
      Pairing a creamy cheesecake with the aromatic flavor of the PF makes a nice combination.
      Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

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  11. I would like 3 slices of this cake just for myself now please. it looks so wonderful and I love the idea of passion fruit on top. I have never cooked with it yet.

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    1. Would love to invite you to taste this cake Evelyn and to have a nice chat about our common passion for foodbloging!
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. What a lovely way to enjoy passion fruit! I bet the texture of the fruit lends itself nicely to the silkiness of the cheesecake.

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    1. Thanks Angela for your kind feedback.
      It's always encouraging to get such nice comments from felllow bloggers:)

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  13. goodness it looks so so good... i must have 2 of it.

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    1. Wish I could invite you a nice piece of this cake :))

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  14. Me encanta el maracuyá, y en el cheesecake cae genial, porque le da un toque ácido delicioso. Deli la receta.

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    1. Gracias Nydia, me alegra que le gusto la receta!

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  15. Decadence! I love that you added yogurt in the cheesecake! Fun fact: I've never seen nor tasted passionfruit before :D

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    1. Hi Kiran,
      happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe and that you " met" a new tropical beauty, the Passion fruit :)

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  16. From Peru to Vienna - what a wonderful life you lead! I'd be in the fruit camp, and I think your cheesecake looks great.

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    1. Hi Beth ,
      Yes it's wonderful to travel and as we have family in both places there are always good reasons for a trip. On the other hand there is a lot of organisation involved when you are travelling for such a long time, suitcases everywhere and always something you can't find because you forgot it at the other place :)
      Glad you liked the recipe!
      Cheers,

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  17. I'm in awe! I love passion fruit and this cake is something I would dream to taste! It's hard to find passion fruit here and usually enjoy it when we are in Taiwan to visit in-laws. This is lovely!

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    1. Hi Nami,
      me too I love Passion fruit in every possible way.
      Would love to send you some :)) but at least you can get them during your visit to
      Taiwan.
      Have a great day!

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  18. Oh Daniela, this looks like a perfectly creamy cheese cake (cracks or no cracks), and I really love the oatmeal cookie crust, not to mention how pretty the passion fruit topping is!
    We almost went to live in Vienna, but stayed in Cologne for another year instead. It's still a city that I want to visit!

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    1. Hi Kari,
      as I can see you have been living quite close to Vienna, hope you can visit one day it's an interesting place from the cultural and historical point of view and a real focus point for music lovers.
      Glad you liked the recipe and didn't mind the crackers :)

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  19. The cake looks gorgeous Daniela! Lovely post!

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  20. Cheesecake topped with fruit is the best kind! Passionfruit is so fun here!

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  21. Thank you so much Joanne, glad to hear you liked the post!

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  22. Passion fruit + cheesecake = awesomeness! I bet it tastes fantastic and I could picture my self eating it all and running a marathon afterwards (to burn the calories!)

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    1. Hi Mike,
      when I look at your blog I'm msure you won't have any problem to burn this extra calories :)
      Glad to hear you liked the cheesecake.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. The passion fruit compote looks divine! One slice is definitely not enough for me.

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    1. Hi Angie,
      Be my guest for as many slices as you would like :))
      Cheers.

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  24. Divine! I love exotic tasting desserts and cheeseccakes.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Sometimes is nice to taste a classic
      with an exotic twist.
      Have a great week ahead!

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  25. Your cheesecake looks delicious. I love mine with fruit as well, but have never tried passion fruit with a cheesecake. The flavor must be outstanding.

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  26. So nice to hear you enjoyed the post , Dawn.
    Thanks forstopping by!

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  27. Passion fruit topping sounds blissful. I am a fruit topping person on top of my cheesecake so I know I would love this.

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  28. Wonderful cheesecake with passionfruit. We rarely get passionfruit here, but if you search harder, you will get this in Mumbai (India).Lovely recipe...I am confident that my family would love this. Thanks for sharing this!

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