694.Phyllo Cheesecake Cups
MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON -SEPT 2017
#80TH BLOGGING MARATHON
THEME: PROTEIN RICH DISHES
I have always envied bloggers who get all the ingredients they need for their recipes. However my hubby thinks otherwise. He claims that if I did have access to all the ingredients I’d be living in my kitchen,he would put on weight and my neighbors would not prepare food in their homes! Well, that’s not entirely true. There are days when I don’t even want to lift a spoon, forget about preparing anything. At that time making a simple khichdi too becomes a humungous task.
Since Srivalli announced the Mega Blogging Marathon theme, Veena a co member and blogger asked me why I wasn’t taking part. I told her that I definitely will not manage preparing 26 dishes for this theme. After a few days I changed my mind and wrote to Srivalli. I wanted to take the challenge up and also because my daughter and I are always looking out for vegetarian protein rich dishes to have for dinner. From the time Srivalli approved, I hadn’t started planning or making anything. When I was in Montreal, 3 weeks flew by because my dad came over from London, his first visit to Canada. So days went in taking him to different touristy places, cooking his favorite meals. As and when I had time I did my research and went through my bookmarked recipes as to what I wanted to try but didn’t have an specific plan or sub theme in mind. I just knew that I was going to try and make a dish with every protein rich vegetarian option there is. So far so good.
One of the ingredients I wanted to work with was cheese. We all know that though cheese is a very good source of protein and calcium, high consumption is not too friendly on our hearts. Its during my research I found out that compared to lesser known cream cheeses, Philadelphia cream cheese is rich in protein, from 1 cup you get 39g of protein. However, you can’t eat a whole cup of the fat loaded cheese. I knew one of the recipes for the Protein Rich theme was going to be a cheesecake or something with those flavors.
Walking through the freezer section looking for some fresh orange juice, I saw a packet of phyllo pastry. I immediately picked it up and knew what my cheese cake base was going to be. Hubby thought he would be getting crunchy miniature spring rolls! I’ve had baklavas and other phyllo pastry based dishes during my visits to Dubai and phyllo cup cheese cakes idea comes from the dessert that was served at Double Tree, a mousse to be more precise. They had made the mousse in small round phyllo cups. I couldn’t find the cups but hey I was just happy to get phyllo pastry! Its like when a little girl walks out of a toy shop with her favorite doll or tea set (do they really play with those things anymore????).
Protein sources in this recipe are yogurt, milk, cream cheese
By no means am I claiming or supporting any sort of fad diet that are the latest craze in the fitness world. I’m just trying to include non meat non fish dishes from which you can get your protein source.
PHYLLO CHEESECAKE CUPS
½ packet phyllo (filo) pastry or 12 ready made phyllo cups
1 cup plain Greek yogurt or any thick yogurt
½ cup cream cheese
½ cup half and half or light whipping cream or milk
5-6 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups fresh mixed fruit cut into chunks
Preparation of the phyllo cups:
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Brush a muffin tray with oil lightly.
- The pastry I bought had about 15 sheets. I unrolled the pastry sheet and cut through the layers.
- Cut the pastry into squares about 4-5 in length.
- Take 4 to 5 sheets and place it in the muffin tray to create a cup. This way from one square I could make 3 cups.
- Cut squares till you’ve filled all 12 muffin cups with the pastry.
- Bake for 15 mins or till the pastry cups become light brown in colour.
- Take the muffin tray out of the oven.
- Carefully remove the cups onto a wire rack and let the cups cool down completely.
- Store them in an airtight container till required.
- Put the yogurt, cream cheese and milk or cream into a bowl.
- Add vanilla extract.
- Blend the mixture till it becomes smooth.
- Put it in the fridge to cool till required.
- Spoon about a tablespoonful of the cream cheese mixture into the phyllo cups.
- Arrange chopped fruit over the cream cheese.
- Dust icing sugar over the cups and serve immediately.
- If you want to you can replace the yogurt with cream cheese… I just felt too guilty!
- Add fruit of your choice or add nuts, grated chocolate.
- A great party dish as you can prepare the phyllo cups a few days ahead.
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