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Author Notes: Kiwi mousse ginger cheesecake with an almond shortbread crust —Oh Sweet Day!
Makes one 8-inch cake
- Almond Shortbread Crust
- 2/3 cup almonds, toasted and roughly chopped
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- Kiwi Mousse
- 2 kiwi, pureed and strained out the seeds
- 2 kiwi, sliced
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon gelatin powder
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- Preheat oven at 350F. Grease and line an 8-inch springform pan.
- Make the crust by mixing all the crust ingredients in a food processor, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake crust for 15 to 18 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
- To prepare filling, in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream until it holds firm peaks. Remove cream from bowl and keep cold in fridge.
- In the same bowl, use a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese until it’s soft and creamy.
- Add sugar, vanilla and ginger, continue beating until combined.
- Gently fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture to lighten the mixture, then add the remaining cream and continue folding until incorporated.
- Pour the cream cheese mixture in the cooled crust. Smooth the top with a spatula. Store in refrigerator while preparing the kiwi mousse.
- To prepare kiwi mousse, mix pureed kiwi, sugar and gelatin in a small bowl until smooth. Microwave on high for 10 seconds to dissolve the sugar. Let cool while stirring occasionally to avoid setting.
- Place sliced kiwi on top of the cake. Let cheesecake chill in refrigerator until set, at least 4 hours.