Thursday, 28 March 2013

Arthritis-Friendly Recipe: Hunt-the-Egg Easter Cheesecakes

Cheesecake is actually quite straightforward to make, even if you have arthritis, as all the ingredients are very soft and easy to mix. The base is much more tricky - you normally need to smash up biscuits and then press them into the pan. To make things simpler and more arthritis-friendly, this recipe uses store-bought shortbread instead which you top with the cheesecakes after baking. Make the mixture in a jug and you can pour it directly into the muffin cases which avoid having to fiddle on spooning it in. The hidden mini eggs inside each cheesecake make a lovely surprise so don’t tell people they are in there – let them hunt them themselves!


400g (16oz) light cream cheese (take it out of the fridge and hour before making so it is softer)
2 large eggs
100g (4oz) golden caster sugar
2tsp vanilla extract
Packet of chocolate mini eggs
12 shortbread biscuits to serve

Makes 12 mini cheesecakes

In a large bowl or jug, mix together the eggs, sugar, cream cheese and vanilla extract until smooth. This is very easy with a hand blender if you have one.

Pour the mixture into 12 muffin cases. Pop a couple of mini eggs into the mixture in each.

Bake for 30-35 minutes at 180C, until they look slightly golden and set around the edges. Allow to cool for 4 hours.

To serve, peel off cases and turn upside down onto a shortbread biscuit. Top with a couple of mini eggs.

Arthritis diet notes
I could give you the nutritional breakdown for this but let's just stick with 'a little of what you fancy does you good' instead! The cheesecakes are a reasonable source of calcium which is good your bones. The mini eggs are an excellent source of fun which is good for your soul!


  1. Thought you might be interested in my shortbread bars using a traditional Scottish recipe which I used to make in industrial quantities using a Kenwood mixer:
    1lb plain flour, 1lb self-raising flour, 1lb caster sugar, 1/2lb butter

    Sift the 2 flours together twice. Cream the sugar and butter until the colour has lightened and it is really creamy. Then add the flours in stages, a scoop at a time. Stop and scrape down any mix that gets stuck on the side of the bowl if necessary. At the end the mix will look like breadcrumbs but will JUST be beginning to clump if you pinch it between your fingers and thumb.
    At this stage divide the mix between 2 oblong cake tins, 7 x 11 in and 1 1/2in deep which have been greased lightly and lined with greaseproof paper and level it out. Then use a potato masher or something similar to press it down firmly. Bake for about an hour at 140C in a circulating air oven (not really sure about other sorts of heat but it is quite dependent on your oven). It should still be slightly soft and a pale golden colour.

    Remove from the oven and within about 5 mins cut into bars (I cut it into half and half again in the 11in direction and make 6 bars out of each quarter to make 24 shortbread bars in total). DO NOT REMOVE FROM THE TIN UNTIL COLD - it will collapse! But you must cut it when hot or it will disintegrate when you take the knife to it.

    This way - no painful kneading or cutting rounds and almost nothing to drop!! In a previous life I rubbed the flour into the creamed sugar and fat - ouch, my hands! Pressing it into the tin is easy with the potato masher - but don't forget the corners. The more firmly you press it down, the harder the finished shortbread will be.

  2. Thanks Eileen, I love shortbread and this is a great recipe. I'm going to put it on the tips pages too. Glad it makes a large quantity too - you can never have too much in your biscuit tin.

  3. "A little of what you fancy..." > so sweet, and forgiving. Which is a great "stress undresser", too.

    More self-flagellation is definitely NOT on the menu.


    By the way, it's the first time I have a giveaway on A Rheumful of Tips that is open to the world! It's for "Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis" by Lene Andersen, otherwise known as @TheSeatedView.

    1. Thanks Marianna, and what a great giveaway, I'm sure Lene's books is great.



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