Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Passion fruit cheesecake squares

Passion fruit cheesecake squares / Quadradinhos de cheesecake de maracujá

To me, passion fruit is such a magical ingredient – I love its color, taste, smell... Slice one passion fruit in half and in a couple of seconds your kitchen will be completely taken by that delicious aroma. So revigorating.

In a gray day like today – and by gray I don’t mean only the color of the sky – I wish I still had some of those cheesecake squares around.

Passion fruit cheesecake squares / Quadradinhos de cheesecake de maracujá

Passion fruit cheesecake squares
from Donna Hay magazine

250g plain sweet cookies
180g unsalted butter, melted
250g ricotta cheese – I used homemade
250g cream cheese, softened
½ cup (100g) caster sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
3 eggs
¾ cup (180ml) passion fruit pulp

Place the cookies in the bowl of a food processor and process until they resemble fine breadcrumbs – I placed them in a sturdy plastic bag and crushed with a rolling pin. Add the butter and mix to combine. Press the mixture into the base of a 20x30cm lightly greased rectangular pan lined with baking paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm and cold.

Preheat the oven to 160ºC/320ºF. Place the ricotta, cream cheese, caster sugar and lemon zest in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth – I used an electric mixer.
Gradually add the eggs, processing well after each addition. Fold through the passion fruit pulp and pour mixture over the base. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set.
Allow to cool completely; carefully slice to serve.

Serves 8 – I made 2/3 of the recipe and used a 20cm square pan

Passion fruit cheesecake squares / Quadradinhos de cheesecake de maracujá

20 comments:

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

YUM! If I ever find passion fruit anywhere, I'm totally making these! :D

anna said...

That sounds incredible! Passion fruit really is like pulpy sunshine. Trying not to let my boyfriend see, if he does I'll have to make them for him!

Joy said...

I want to reach through the screen and bite into one! I haven't ever tried using 'exotic' fruit to flavor baked goods. I've been so apprehensive. But you're my inspiration. I'll try to be more adventurous. :)

Peabody said...

Mmm, cheesecake. I love cheesecake squares because you get all the flavor and don't have to deal with the water bath!

eatme_delicious said...

I've never had fresh passionfruit! I wouldn't know how to pick one. Your bars are gorgeous.

Sara @ Our Best Bites said...

Where oh where will I ever find maracuja in the states (Idaho no less, lol) ?? I need to make these!

Ricardo said...

I think I commented on your Portuguese one hehe...another one on the English one to balance out. beautiful dessert and very well presented loved it. :) xx Rico-Recipes

gine said...

I love passionfruit :-) .. and this recipe sounds great :-)!

Rose said...

Those look lovely! I will have to try!!!

jules said...

I love passionfruit too... you're right how the aroma can transform your kitchen, I was luck enough to live in a house with a passionfruit vine out the back.. I'd forgotten about that.
cheesecake is always a great idea

Elyse said...

You know, for as much as I adore passion fruit, I've never actually worked with it. These cheesecake bars look amazing; I'm definitely going to have to get myself some passion fruit now! What a fabulous job you've done!!

KJ said...

Great minds think alike. I've just been cooking with passionfruit as well. I love them!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

How to Eat..., I hope you find them! :D
Tks!

Anna, make these for him! ;)

Joy, you are so sweet, tks! Passion fruit is "exotic" for you, but not for us here. :)

Pea, I knew you would love these, darling! And you are so right about the water bath - these are much simpler!

Ashley, I think you would like passion fruit. :)
Thank you, sweetie!

Sara, I'm willing to exchange some of these for those gorgeous cinnamon rolls you made. :)

Ricardo, you did, but the more the merrier! :D
Tks!

Gine, thank you, darling!

Rose, let me know if you do! Tks for stoppping by!

Jules, I got the recipe from an Aussie and she used the purple passion fruit you have there.
Thank you for stopping by, dearie!

Elyse, I grew up drinking loads of passion fruit juice, but only started trying different recipes with it very recently (like in cakes, jellies, etc). Can't wait to try some more!

KJ, I'm sure you made something delicious!

Kelly said...

Yum! Those look creamy, rich, and so tasty! I adore passion fruit and I think it would be perfect in a tangy cheese cake! Once again, lovely job!!

The Food Librarian said...

Oh, I love passionfruit. We used to have a tree here in Los Angeles...ours were deep purple in color and full of yum. What a perfect combo of cheesecake and fruit! I love Donna Hay too!

Brilynn said...

I wish passionfruit was easier to find here. It's not often I get to smell its lovely aroma. Those bars look awesome!

LoveFeast said...

I love it when I come across something this unique! These bars looks sooooo good! They look like a great dessert for summer bbq on the deck! Thanks!

LouAnna said...

Hi Patricia,

I've been scouring the internet for passionfruit cheesecake and yours is the best recipe I've found so far!

I'm going to follow your recipe and make this cake for my fiance's birthday next week. Do you think I would be able to make this recipe up in a round (springform) tin instead?

Thanks! :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi LouAnna!
I'm so glad to know you'll try the recipe - let me know how it turns out, please?
I think that it can be made in a springform pan, yes! And it will be a lot easier to unmold and slice it from the springform pan than from the one I used. :)
Good luck!

LouAnna said...

Thanks Patricia!

We've got 10 beautiful ripe passionfruits sitting on our counter from the Farmers Market. All I got to do now is to convince my fiance not to eat them all up without him guessing what I need them for!

We live on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia. The passionfruits are lovely this time of the year! :)

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