2/20/10

Got Cake-ability in Your Cupboard and Need to Use it Up?

Pulling a few of my low-carb recipes out of my files tonight I noted one for cheesecake that sounded delicious because it used green tea in the recipe.  For those of you who already do low-carb and may have bought a few 'odd' ingredients and now have Cake-ability left to use up - this one is for you.

Green Tea Cheesecake with Splenda

1 1/4 c Splenda
6 egg whites
6 egg yolks
1/4 t cream of tartar
3/8 c half-n-half
6 green tea bags
1/2 stick butter
1 8-oz. package + 1 tbsp cream cheese
1 T lemon juice
1/4 c Wise CHOice Cake-ability Baking Aid**
1/4 t salt

Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease and line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch round cake pan with greaseproof baking paper or parchment paper. If using a springform pan, line the outside with foil so the batter doesn't leak out.

Scald the half-n-half in a saucepan. Do not boil. The ideal temperature is 180 F. Pour the half-n-half in a cup, add the tea bags, and steep the tea for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the tea bags and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

Melt cream cheese, butter and tea mixture over a double boiler. Cool the mixture.

Combine the Cake-ability Baking Aid and salt in a small bowl.

To the cream cheese mixture, fold in the Cake-ability mixture, egg yolks, 1 tbsp lemon juice and mix until smooth. If lumps remain at this stage, they will not come out later. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. Add in the Splenda and beat until soft peaks form.

Lighten the cheese mixture by mixing it with 1/3 of the egg white mixture.

Add the rest of the egg white mixture to the cheese mixture and gently fold. The batter should be well combined.

Bake cheesecake in a water bath (the water should be warm but not boiling) for 1 hours 10 minutes or until set and golden brown.

**Cake-ability is no longer available commercially but one of the most popular substitutes for Cake-Ability is;

1/4 c egg white powder
1 t xanthan gum
1 T baking soda
1 Vitamin C tablet

Crush the vitamin C tablet in a coffee grinder.  Blend all and use in place of cake-ability.
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