Monday, August 15, 2011

Super Mango Cheese Cake

Everyone will agree that the only and real mango is the Philippine mango. According to the Guiness Book of Records, Guimaras(carabao) and Zambales(sweet elena) are listed among the sweetest mangoes in the world. And the biggest mango in the world weighed 3.5 kg was harvested in Mindanao. Mangoes can be found in many forms-- jams, shakes, ice cream, wine and simple snack with bagoong.

For my second baking challenge recipe, I am sharing my  Super Mango Cheesecake recipe :

Baked Philippine Mango Cheesecake

Crust :

1 1/2 C Graham Crackers, crushed
1/4 c Unsalted Butter, melted

1/4 c Cashew, toasted and chopped

Combine ingredients and cover bottom of greased pan. Sprinkle with cashew. Place in a chiller.

Filling :

2 bars Cream Cheese, 8 oz
3/4 c Sugar (fine)
1 tspn Vanilla
1/4 c All Purpose Flour
1/2 c Mango Puree
1 pc Calamansi Juice
2 pcs Egg
1 pc Philippine Mango (cubed)

In a mixer, combine cream cheese and sugar (creaming method). Add vanilla, flour and the rest of the ingredients except for the cubed mango. Add the egg one at a time.

To assemble :

1. Pour half of  filling over the crust. Add mango cubes evenly.
2. Pour the rest of the filling.
3. At 350 F, Bake for 45 to 50 mins or until skewer comes out clean.

Food Notes : 

1. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving !
2. Mangoes contain an enzyme with stomach-soothing properties, similar to papain found in papayas
3. The amount of vitamin C is higher in green mangoes.
4. Mangoes are high in fiber-- an average sized mango can contain up to 40% of your daily fiber requirement-- but low in calories: about 110 cal per average size mango, and only 1 g of fat!
5. Only 5% of Philippine mangoes are exported, but that's still 3.5 percent of world production.

Reference : Johannes Bley, German Kitesurfer-- Mad about Mangoes.