Baked “Anari” Cheesecake with Pomegranate seeds

pomegranate cheesecake.jpgI saw quite a few posts on Instagram of people picking apples this time of year. Well, in Cyprus, Autumn is the season for the sweetest, reddest pomegranates. I love them everywhere. Sprinkled over Salads, over a luscious pannacota or, in this case, over a creamy cheesecake. I used a combination of Philadelphia and “Anari” cheese which is the Cyprus version of Ricotta cheese, only lighter. Surely, this is not a guilt free cheesecake but it’s considerably lighter than the all Philadelphia version. The creaminess of course, is all there. Continue reading

Blueberry, Ricotta (Anari) and Almond bake

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I didn’t grow up on blueberries. In fact, I first tasted fresh blueberries in London, about ten years ago. Even though I am lucky enough to live on an island that produces all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables in abundance, Cyprus is just too warm for blueberries. I absolutely love this tiny berry that stains your mouth blue. Luckily I can now buy them fresh from my local supermarket, but frozen ones are a really good alternative. Continue reading

“Anari” Cheesecake with Almond Crust and Candied Kumquats

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“Anari” is the Cypriot version of the Italian Ricotta, only it contains less fat. It’s an excellent ingredient for a cheesecake, lighter that your usual “All Philadelphia” version. Ok, I admit you cannot include this cheesecake in your low-calorie, fat-free diet, but it is considerably lighter. For the crust, I substituted half of the biscuits with ground almonds and they added an excellent flavor and crunch. I topped it with candied kumquats for a really special and original flavour, but you can top it with strawberries or a plain dusting of icing sugar.
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