Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pandan (Screwpine) Cheesecake


The scent of pandan /screwpine leaves is simply amazing and that probably says why they are popular for my recipes; Asian desserts and savoury dishes. The leaves grows like crazy in Malaysia, either on the ground or pots. They also don't need any "tender-loving-care" or fertilizers.

My previous recipes of "No Bake Cheesecake" and Mango Cheesecake" were a guide for this pandan cheesecake. It was sampled by my friends and between them, a few commented that they still prefer the taste of an original cheesecake. Others were high over heels because they loved the unique pandan flavour plus the creamy texture. Well I suppose to each its own but I was certainly impressed with the outcome after tasting a small piece.

If you can't resist the allure of cheese and pandan, I highly recommend you give this recipe a try!!

Ingredients
Crust/bottom layer
150g cream crackers or digestive biscuits
75g soften salted butter

Cheese topping
200g mascarpone cheese
150g cream cheese
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/3 cup yoghurt
3 eggs
10 pandan/screwpine leaves - process/blend with 1/4 cup water and extract juice
Method
Crust/bottom layer
Crush cream crackers till smooth and crumble with buttter.
Press into a greased spring board pan.
Let it set in the fridge and proceed with making the cheese topping

Cheese topping
With a mixer on low speed, beat both types of cheese, yoghurt and sugar until smooth.
Add pandan juice and eggs one by one and continue to beat.
Pour over the crust and bake at preheated oven at 170C for about 1 hour or until  the cake is brown on top.
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37 comments:

  1. I love pandan flavour cakes..
    hmmm pandan cheesecake .. something different..

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  2. If we can grow pandan leaves in home I will look for it because I have seen pandan leaves in many recipes.
    I loved both your cheese cakes especially mango one. This does look smooth and lovely with a toch of pandan leaves. Are those flowers on top edible?

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  3. Pandan and cheesecake...why have I never thought of that before? Great idea and fantastic photos! :)

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  4. I guess I won't like it coz am not a cheese person

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  5. Looks divine Nava!I could easily have all of that for my dessert ;)Delicious :)

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  6. Its look like the Malay kuih bakar... beautiful color =)

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  7. Thank you everyone for all the lovely comments.
    Bel - yes, the flowers are eatable, I bought them from the cake shop.

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  8. I am 'big hantu' of cheese....I ate bread with cheddar cheese. I wonder how is the Pandan cheese taste...looking at your pics seem so tempted.

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  9. Love this idea...I think the pandan flavour should be good idea for me to make my mum give cheesecake a second chance. She hates cheesecakes...

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  10. What a stunning cheesecake - very unique and coloured and presented beautifully :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  11. This is a unique use for pandan and I am looking at your lemongrass cake as well. You do have a talent for putting ingredients to the test in desserts, which does inspire. I wish I could have been there to compare the tastes between the original cheesecake and the pandan! I am now on the hunt for pandan...

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  12. Wow,,,You know I'm a big pan of Pandan,this cheesecake make my mouth watering,great recipe Nava,I will mark this recipe for sure !!

    Ridwan

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  13. You have become quite the baker! This is a stunning cheesecake!!!

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  14. Love this post - so much so that I'm featuring it in this week's Food Fetish Friday series (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I'm always inspired by your creations… Thanks so much for sharing.

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  15. Oh wow! I've never tried a pandan flavored cheesecake! very creative and unique. Excellent post, Nava! :)

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  16. Oh my gosh, that is so beautiful! I've tried so hard to find pandan here and I've had absolutely zero luck. After seeing this, I think I'm gonna go bug my Asian grocer again :)

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  17. Wah, looks like from the bakery! The flowers added punch to the lovely cake :)

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  18. your pandan cake looks very creamy inside! keep it up, lovely

    -FiSh
    @ ohfishiee.blogspot.com

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  19. This is interesting, all the flavoured cheesecakes I've made, it never occurred to me to make a pandan one! I think you did a superb job! I love the final colour too!

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  20. What a brilliant idea! Looks delicious and I want a piece, pls!

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  21. Your cheese cake looks pretty! I never thought of marrying pandan and cheese cake before! But you sure nailed this very well! Yummm!!!

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  22. I love the green color of this cheesecake.... it looks lovely! I have used pandan leaves once when making a black sticky rice pudding for my mother. I have never really used it in anything else. This recipe sounds fantastic.

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  23. I luv cheesecake...Beautiful cake with pandan flavor..Luv the red flowers complimented well with the cake..

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  24. This is really, really beautiful! Wow!

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  25. looks very colourful and beautiful! Looks so good that I will be afraid to eat it as I want to keep looking at it!

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  26. Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!

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  27. Very unique. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

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  28. I found this post though Foodbuzz. The photo was so beautiful that I just had to come here to read the recipe! Love it! And love your site :-).

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  29. wow...what a delicious cake...loved that gorgeous color....also love those gorgeous pics !!!!

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  30. nükhet kuzuoğluMay 29, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    i try this recipe with spinach leaves and use egg substitute for vegan.

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  31. Wow, Nava, this is absolutely stunning!!! The color of it is just beautiful. What a unique cheesecake. Delicious!

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  32. Wow! Never heard of screwpine Nava.. Cake looks beautiful as usual and what a gorgeous colour.. Loved it :-)

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  33. Wow cake looks stunning, mouthwatering presentation.

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  34. This look soooo yummmm!
    www.naomiganzudivamode.com

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  35. lovely green color and healthy luking cake..just delicious.

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