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Celebrate with Cheesecake

by Judy Zeidler

November 29, 2001 | 6:59 pm

On the first night of Chanukah, the family always gets together at our home for a special evening. We enjoy lighting the Chanukah candles, eating traditional foods and exchanging gifts.

Dessert is always a highlight of the evening, and this year for Chanukah, I am going to surprise everybody with a special cheesecake. I discovered the recipe on a recent trip to the wine country when we visited the Redwood Hill Goat Farm near Sonoma. After touring the goat farm, we attended a cooking class where the focus was cooking with goat cheese.

The dessert that was prepared for the class was a cheesecake using goat cheese in place of the usual cream cheese. Not overly sweet, the texture was cake-like, rather than the traditional creamy version I usually make. Although the original recipe did not have a crust, I chose to create one using finely ground granola.

Before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar and top with an orange juice syrup. It is the perfect dessert for a dairy dinner, great as a breakfast treat, or to serve friends that visit during the eight days of Chanukah.

Goat Cheese Cake with Granola Crumb Crust
  • 3/4 pound (soft) goat cheese (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • Orange Juice Syrup

Prepare the Granola Crumble Crust

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend the goat cheese with 3/4 cup of sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, incorporating each one completely before adding the next.

Turn the mixer to low and beat in the flour.

In another bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until firm. Fold one-third of the egg whites into the cheese mixture. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake is deep golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes. (Do not underbake.) Cool for 15 minutes on a rack.

Remove cake from the pan and cool completely. Serves 8 to 10.



Granola Crumb Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups granola
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Place the granola and sugar in a food processor and blend until fine crumbs. Add butter and blend until mixture comes away from the sides of the bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 9-inch spring form mold.

Bake for about six minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Cool before filling.

Orange Juice Syrup
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar

In a saucepan, combine the orange juice, lemon juice, and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until thick. Cool.

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