For the love of Food :)

Portuguese Cheesecake

Makes 12
These little treats are traditional to the town of Sintra in Portugal. If you ever get the chance to visit Portugal I highly suggest making a trip to Sintra just to try the amazing pastries on offer. But if you can’t make it to Portugal this recipe is the next best thing! I have used goats cheese in this recipe and reason for that (besides the fact that its very traditional) is that I love the complexity that it gives the dish. If however you are not a lover of goats cheese you can easily substitute it for mascarpone.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 Cup cream goat cheese
  • 1 ¾ Cup caster sugar
  • 4 Egg yolks
  • ½ Cup plain flour
  • ½ Tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Sheet short crust pastry
  • Can of vegetable oil spray

Method:

1) Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Lightly grease a 12 hole muffin tin and set aside until needed.
2) In a bowl beat together cheese and sugar with an electric mixer. Add in yolks, flour and cinnamon, then set aside until needed.
3) On a lightly floured bench roll your short crust pastry to half its normal thickness. Cut pastry into 10cm circles and line your muffin tin with them.
4) Fill with the cheese mixture and bake in the oven about 15 – 20 minutes or until the tops are a beautiful honey brown color. Enjoy warm!

Remember the secret to the perfect dish is to cook with love (and a little va va voom) xx

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