Friday, July 27, 2012

Apricot & Pistachio Tray Bake Cheesecake









Jane Austen Moment in Persuasion

Chapter  9

She was obliged to kneel down by the sofa, and remain there in satisfy her patient; and thus they continued a few minutes, when, to her very great satisfaction, she heard some other person crossing the little vestibule.  She hoped, on turning her head, to see the master of the house; but it proved to be one much less calculated for making matters easy--Charles Hayter, probably not at all better pleased by the sight of Captain Wentworth than Captain Wentworth had been by the sight of Anne.
She only attempted to say, "How do you do?  Will you not sit down?  The others will be here presently."
Captain Wentworth, however, came from his window, apparently not ill-disposed for conversation; but Charles Hayter soon put an end to his attempts by seating himself near the table, and taking up the newspaper; and Captain Wentworth returned to his window.




Apricot & Pistachio Tray Bake Cheesecake

Ingredients:

For cake base:
175g margarine ( room temperature)
150g sugar
200g flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp milk

Cottage cheese filling:
150g magarine ( room temperature)
100g sugar
10g vanilla sugar
2 eggs
750g cottage cheese
100g cornstarch
500g apricots cut in half
50g chopped pistachio
3 tbsp apricot jam

Directions:


1)      For the cake base: Preheat oven to 180°C & grease  a square cake pan.


 2)      Beat margarine & sugar till combined . Add in cornstarch, baking powder, salt & milk. Beat  for 2 minutes till well combined. Pour batter in greased baking pan  & spread evenly. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes till golden brown. Let to cool.


3)      For cottage cheese filling: Beat margarine , sugar vanilla sugar, eggs, cottage cheese & cornstarch till well combined. Spread cream filling on top of  cake & smooth with spatula.  Place cut apricot on the cream filling & bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Leave to cool.


 4)      Mix apricot jam & 1 tbsp of water & spread it on top of the cheesecake.  Fill chopped pistachio on apricots. 



I'm submitting this post to Tea Time Treats challenge hosted this month by  Karen of Lavender & Lovage & co-hosted with  Kate of What Kate Baked. This month's theme is Cake Stall Cakes & Bakes. 





40 comments:

  1. Sorry about your hand:( hope be well soon.
    I love apricots is one of my favorites!x

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    1. Thank Gloria for your kind words. My hand is feeling better now. Glad that you like this cheesecake! Have a lovely day! =)

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  2. Apricots are such a delicious fruit. Combined with pistachios they are divine.
    This is an easy and very nice tea time treat.
    Very good recipe.

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    1. Thanks Alida for your lovely words! Yes & an easy recipe & great for tea time too! Have a nice day, Alida! =)

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  3. Mes pensées les meilleures t'accompagnent.
    Puissent-elles t'apporter le réconfort et l'encouragement nécessaires à ton prompt rétablissement.
    Je pense à toi
    Joshua

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    1. Merci Joshua, pour votre gentillesse & pour les fleurs aussi. =)

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  4. Oh dear! so sorry to hear abt your hand :(.
    And you didnt say anything abt the cycle. Hope the cycle's fine...just joking :D. Loads of hugs to you dear to make you feel better. and thanx for sharing a yummy recipe.
    xo
    Anuja

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    1. LOL... the bicycle was intact except me! LOL Well, what can I say, I'm forever clumsy! Thanks for your kind words & love the joke that truly put a smile on my face! HUGS to you too dear; Anuja! =)

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  5. This looks even better than your last post. I love cheesecake.

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    1. Thank you & glad that you like it. Have a lovely day! =)

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  6. Gorgeous cake! I bought some fresh baby apricots yesterday but my house is still in the midst of reno and kitchen is not operational at the moment..sigh!Miss my bakings! Hope your hand is healing well, Kit. Take care.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Guess you & me are stuck with no baking in the program huh! ya, I've already started to miss baking too. My hands are itchy wanna get some action in the kitchen but one hand is NOT that operational. So no choice & admire others baking! That's not bad too! heheheeh Have a wonderful day! =)

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  7. this is perfect serve in a lovely afternoon tea..

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    1. Thanks Sonia. Yes, it's great tea time treat for a warm summer day! Have a lovely day! =)

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  8. Kit, haven't seen someone decorated their cake with apricot & crushed pistachio like this, idea is taken, hehehe! Agree with Sonia, this is a perfect dish for an afternoon treat!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely words. This is indeed a wonderful tea time treat with some tea! Have a nice day, Jessie! =)

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  9. Ouch ! Hope you'll feel better soon ! Apricots and pistachios together sounds delicious ! And with cream cheese this cake sounds decadently delicious ! Gorgeous cake , Kit !

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    1. Thanks Anne for your kind words. My hand is healing , I guess coz I can move my fingers ! Well just a bit! LOL The cottage cream filling is very light but creamy! Best serve when chilled! Great for a warm day dessert too. Have a wonderful day! =)

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  10. Hi Kit,
    So sorry to hear about your hand! It must have been very painful! Hope your hand recover very soon!
    Your apricot cheesecake look utterly delicious! Apricots, my favourites, either fresh or dried, I love them both! I'm really, really wishing that I could have a slice now!
    Take care, Kit! :)

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    1. Thanks Joyce for your lovely words & concern! It was VERY painful & lasted for at least 3 hours till the doctor gave me some painkiller!! . My fingers were soo swollen that I can't feel anything at all. Now I'm feel better, well, I can move my fingers a little. Love to share few slices of this cheesecake with you. Mari kita makan dan minum kopi together! heheheh =)

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  11. I'm sorry about your hand! Your apricot cake looks so good, love apricots!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Glad that you like this cheesecake! Have a lovely day! =)

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  12. Oh shoot, what a nuisance. Poor you. This traybake looks amazing. I am drooling all over it!

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    1. Thank Jacqueline. Glad that you like this tray bake cheesecake. Have a lovely day! =)

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  13. Oh no I hope your hand is ok? Love your apricotcheese cake is looks wonderful,love what you have done with the apricots looks awesome :)

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    1. Thanks Clairejustine for your kind words & concern. My hnad is getting better. At least I can bent my fingers , just a little. I'm delighted that you like this cheesecake; Have a lovely day, Clairejustine! =)

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  14. oh yummmyyy....looks perfect,,,i want a slice ;)

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    1. Thanks Resh! Love to share this with you! Have a nice day dear! =)

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  15. Sorry to hear about your accident Kit, no baking for a few weeks?! ouch...that's hard news for anyone to hear! hehe. I absolutely love the arrangement of the apricots on your cheesecake, they look so cute all in a row! this is an interesting flavour combo too! p.s do you ever have rainy or grey days in your part of the world or do you always just plan your baking around the forecast?!

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  16. What a perfectly lovely summer tart. It looks and sounds delicious. I hope you heal quickly and can return to our kitchen before the summer fruit harvest ends. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  17. As always Kit - STUNNING photos and a BEAUTIFUL cake with lovely props - I DO so love coming here! FYI - I have tried to leave FOUR comments recently and they all failed to show.......I Have been here, just to let you know! Thanks for this LOVELY Tea Time Treats entry! Karen xxx

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  18. What a lovely way to use fresh apricots. I think apricots are such a yummy fruit and they are just coming into season here.

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  19. Wow, this really does look good...the apricots are all perfectly aligned and the combination of apricot and pistachio sounds great! A lovely bake! :-)

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  20. You are not clumsy at all, accidents just happen. I have been going hiking on a close by mountain since it had 2 feet of snow but yesterday my foot slipped and got bruises on my left arm, leg and but. Everything feel sore, otherwise I am fine.

    You do have some unique baked goods at your blog which i like it. This one is a perfect summer treat.

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  21. oh, sorry to hear about your accident, kit. I hope you recover asap. Yesterday i just went for an endoscopy as i had this gastritis problem for months, nothing serious but looks like i've watch my diet..for 3 months now..no caffeine, no acidic food, no citrus drinks..etc.

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  22. hi Kit, hope you are OK after your accident! I've got some apricots to use up - bought a punnet on a whim as they were only £1 and am at a loss as to what to do with them, I've never really eaten them whole or cooked with them either before! So I'd like to make this cheesecake, is it OK if I then put it on my blog? I will of course link back to your blog to say where I got the recipe - and your photos will definitely be way better than mine!

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  23. Thanks Caroline for your kinds words. I'm glad that you like this cheesecake. I'm delighted that you've chosen this recipe to try out some juicy apricot of the season. It's better bake this cheesecake in a big tray & not like mine, I reckon. It's even better after chilled. Please do let me know how it goes. Have a lovely day & happy baking Caroline! =)

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    1. I'm going to do it now, at least when I can tear myself away from Jessica Ennis on TV!

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