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Thursday 27 September 2012

Lowcarb Raspberry Cheese Cake.

Someone described our cake recipe posted yesterday as bordering on food porn, if that's true what would you call this beauty ? This recipe was sent in some time ago by a friend who is a lowcarbing diabetic with HbA1c in the fives on zero meds. Obviously she is a great cook and her cheesecake is far more accomplished than our usual recipes. If you give it a go please let us know how you get on.

Basic Cheesecake


150-200g ground almonds
50-75g butter


570g cream cheese 
100g zsweet (original recipe I adapted from said 180g caster sugar, you can add more or less according to personal taste)
1 tbsp cornflour 
4 large eggs, beaten 
380ml sour cream (I just add a squirt of lemon juice to double cream)


1. Cover the outside of the cake tin with a double layer of foil, moulding it to the tin, but being careful not to puncture it so it remains watertight. 

2. Line the base of a 25cm springform cake tin with the baking parchment. 

3. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) Gas 4. 

4. Mix almonds with enough melted butter to gently bind – minimum possible, you don’t want a paste, just so you can press it on base of tin to make a crust, almonds have lots of oil, too much butter and it will leech out. Almond amounts loose depends on how thick you like your base, for me I don’t want it too thick.

5. Spoon the base into the prepared tin and press down to form an even layer. Bake in the preheated oven for 5-10 minutes, then let cool. 

6. To make the filling, put the cream cheese and sweetener in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Beat in the cornflour, followed by the eggs in about 4 batches. When smooth, beat in the sour cream. Pour the mixture over the crumb base. Set the cake tin in a roasting tin and pour very hot water into the roasting tin to come just over half-way up the sides of the cake tin. 

7. Transfer the tins to the oven and bake, at the same temperature, for 45-50 minutes or until the cheesecake is just set in the centre, if necessary leave in another few minutes but in my oven 50 minutes is max.

8. Remove the cheesecake from its water bath, let cool on a wire rack, then chill, preferably overnight, before removing the foil and unmolding the cheesecake. You can make early on the day you wish to serve it but it needs several hours to cool and chill. Serve at room temperature.


Add 2 teaspoons ground ginger to almonds before adding butter, then serve with rhubarb and ginger compote made with rhubarb stewed with ginger and sweetener, or even better roasted with ginger and sweetener.
Add zest of 2 unwaxed lemons to cheesecake mix when you add sour cream.
Serve topped with berries or a berry compote
Enjoy with whatever your blood sugars allows!

The cake can be divided into portions and frozen. Do serve at room temperature as it tastes far better. This cheese cake is quick and easy to make with a lovely texture. Don’t forget to adapt to your own taste re. base thickness and amount of sweetener.



Anonymous said...

This does look gorgeous, and yes slightly different from your other cake recipes. I went to a friends earlier today, she held a small fund raising morning get-together to support MacMillan Nurses. I made the coffee and walnut cake, it was very well received, as I'm not too brilliant around the kitchen I was very happy to receive glowing comments. This also had an upside because without going too much overboard I did my bit to spread the fact that it was healthy and not so high in carbs. Am I a bit cheeky? Well yes but every chance I get I spread the low carb message.


Anonymous said...

I just love raspberries and this looks simply delicious, I will have to give it a try.


P.S. Grace, I see no harm in helping to "spread the low carb message"

Anonymous said...

This looks fantastic, think I may have to have a practice go as I'd like to do this for Christmas.