Thursday, 26 May 2011

Little Chocolate Cheesecakes

Warm, wobbly and wonderful. These rich little chocolate cheesecakes are somewhere between cupcake and molten chocolate babycake. Made in muffin cases, they are a very quick dinner party or tea treat.

Ingredients:

300g cottage cheese (trust me...if you are chicken you can use ricotta but really you need to try these)
85g light brown soft sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
35g cocoa powder
1tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp plain white flour
6 rich tea/graham cracker biscuits

Makes 9
Smash your rich tea biscuits up by putting them in a sandwich bag and then attacking with a rolling pin.

Share the crushed biscuits out between the muffin cases and press down until compacted with your fingertips.

Mix together all the remaining ingredients in a food processor or with a hand blender until fully combined.

Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases until each is about 4/5ths full. Bake at 150c for 20-25 minutes or until set but still slightly wobbly in the centre. Open the oven door and allow to cool for further 1 hour. Remove from oven and turn peel away cases to serve.

Arthritis diet notes:
Absolutely nothing wrong with the occassional treat - just remember a treat isn't a treat if you are having one every day! Cocoa is rich in flavonoids which can benefit cardiovascular health. The cottage cheese is also a good source of calcium. I've trimmed the saturated fat back from this recipe but remember it is still high in sugar.

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