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Author Notes: A delicious, fresh, colourful and no bake savoury cheesecake, ideal for summer days —Ala Lemon
Makes 4 individual cheesecakes
For the Parmesan shortbreads (makes 25-30 5cm/2in. shortbreads)
- 100 grams / 3½ oz / ⅔ cup flour
- 75 grams / 1 cup grated Parmesan
- 100 grams / 3½ oz / ½ cup (minus 1 tbsp) cold unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- A pinches Cayenne pepper or smoked paprika
- 1 egg, beaten
For the cheesecake
- 400 grams / 14 oz fresh goat’s cheese
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 2 red pepper bells
- 2 yellow pepper bells
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 4 tablespoons sun-dried tomato tapenade or pesto rosso (optional)
- For the shortbreads: Place all the ingredients in a food processor. Process together for about a minute, until the mixture resemble coarse breadcrumbs, then pulse in short spurts. The dough will eventually bind. Wrap in food wrap and leave to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F and grease or line 1 or 2 baking sheets with baking parchment. Lightly flour your work surface and gently roll out the pastry to about 5mm/0.2 in thickness. Cut out the biscuits to the size and shape you wish - anything between 3cm/1¼in and 5cm/2in. Lay them out on the baking sheets about 2cm/¾in apart. Carefully brush the surface of each biscuit with the egg. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Carefully lift the biscuits off the tray using a palette knife and place on a rack to cool. Store in an air-tight container for a few days … if that’s possible!
- For the cheesecake: Preheat your oven to 220°C/425°F and line a baking sheet with aluminium foil. Place your peppers under the grill, turning them regularly until roasted all over, about 45 minutes. As soon as the peppers are out of the oven, place them in a Zip-top back, zip the bag and leave to cool for about 15 minutes. Remove the peppers from the bag and, using your fingers, peel them carefully and remove the stem and seeds, then slice them thinly. Place the peppers in a bowl with the olive oil and vinegar, toss lightly and leave to marinate for about 15 minutes. In a bowl, combine the goat’s cheese and chopped basil. If the mixture is too dense, add a little olive oil. Season to taste.
- To assemble: In a bowl, or using a pestle and mortar, crush the shortbreads – you will need 4 or 5 per person. Place a 9cm/3.5 in pastry circle on a plate and press the shortbread crumbs in. If using tomato tapenade, add 1 tbsp and spread it evenly across the shortbread base. Top with ¼ of the cheese mixture, then ¼ of the marinated peppers. Carefully remove the pastry circle and repeat to make the other cheesecakes. Decorate with basil leaves and olives (optional).
- Find more recipes on my blog http://alalemon.com