About this recipe:The process of making this cheesecake is a little long-winded, but the results are worth it. This cheesecake is low in fat, delicious and requires no baking. Serve with fresh berries, if desired.
4 tablespoons golden raisins
4 tablespoons raisins
250ml plain low fat yoghurt
75g cream cheese
280g low fat cottage cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g caster sugar
125ml semi-skimmed milk
7g unflavoured gelatine
3 egg whites
250ml boiling water
2 tablespoons water
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Put all the raisins in a small bowl and pour hot water over them. Set the bowl aside.
Heat 4 tablespoons caster sugar with 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil the mixture until the bubbles rise to the surface in a random pattern. This indicates that the water has nearly evaporated and that the sugar is beginning to cook. With a small spoon, drop a bit of the sugar into a bowl filled with ice water. If the sugar dissolves immediately, continue cooking the sugar mixture. Remove from heat when the sugar dropped into the water can be rolled between your fingers into a ball.
Begin beating the egg whites with an electric mixer on high speed. Pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl in a thin, steady stream. When all the sugar has been incorporated, decrease mixer speed to medium. Continue beating until the egg whites are glossy, have formed stiff peaks and have cooled to room temperature, about 10 minutes. Increase the speed to high and beat the meringue for 1 minute more.
Puree the yoghurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, vanilla extract and 4 tablespoons caster sugar in a food processor or liquidiser. Scrape the cheese mixture into a large bowl.
Pour the milk into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatine over the milk. Let it stand until the gelatine softens, about 5 minutes. Heat the milk over a medium heat, stirring until the gelatine is dissolved. Stir the milk into the cheese mixture. Mix about 1/3 of the meringue into the cheese mixture to lighten it. Gently fold in the rest of the meringue.
Line an 20cm cake tin with cling film. Drain the raisins and scatter them in the bottom of the tin. Then pour the cheesecake batter into the lined tin. Chill for 4 hours. To turn out the cheesecake, invert a serving plate on top of the tin. Turn both over together. Lift away the tin, peel off the cling film and slice for serving.