Sunday, May 27, 2012

Lime and Gingernut Cheesecake for Shavuot

Today is the last day of Shavuot, the Jewish holiday which celebrates God giving the Torah to the Jews.  I am not Jewish, but I learned about this holiday from my Jewish physiotherapist, who is taking tomorrow off work to celebrate Shavuot.

Naturally, the first question I asked her is whether there was food involved with Shavuot - and as it happens, there is.  It is traditional for Jewish people to eat dairy foods on Shavuot, as when they first received the Torah, they could not cook meat in their non-kosher cooking pots, so they turned to dairy instead.  This is good news, as it means cheese blintzes and cheesecake are made for the occasion.

I adore cheesecake, so in honour of Shavuot, I made a lime and gingernut cheesecake:   

I used this recipe, but baked it in a 22cm pan even though the quantities given were for a half recipe.  I added grated lime zest and lime juice instead of vanilla, and I added a base of crushed gingernut biscuits and butter (as I like my cheesecake to have a base).  Some of the gingernut crumbs broke free from the base and floated to the top of the cheesecake - these are the speckles you can see in the cheesecake.  However, this was not a bad thing - I didn't mind the cheesecake being flecked with biscuit crumbs.

This cheesecake is of the light and fluffy variety, so if this sounds like your kind of cheesecake, do try this recipe.  Me, I like cheesecake in all shapes and sizes, and I certainly enjoyed this one.