Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cooking+ *mini* rant: Cheesefake Lemon/chocolate tarts

So, recently I watched a cute recipe on Gen's Guiltless Gourmet. It's called a "Margarita Yogurt Cheesecake"

But, I'd rather call it a cheesefake because it's actually made of yogurt, instead of cream cheese. It's actually really low fat and low in sugar! <3 YAY. I modified it a little, but visit the site (click on the marg cheesecake) and show some love! I kinda have a rant.. but I left it for the end. The top in the picture is chocolate

Makes 5 tarts. 
Ingredients for the filling: 
  • Plain, vanilla yogurt: 16 oz or two cups. 
  • half a lemon
  • like a spoonful of zest
  • half a lime
  • half an orange
  • coffee filters (8) 
  • wire mesh strainer and large bowl for draining. 
  • half cup of sugar
First, mix yogurt, juices of the citrus fruits, zest, sugar. Then, put 4 coffee filters into the mesh strainer and then into the large bowl. Pour all the yogurt into the coffee filters. No worries! 16 oz of yogurt JUST fits into the coffee filters. Cover with some plastic wrap or a plate and put it in the fridge. 

You have to pour off the liquid that collects in the bowl every hour for 3 hours. Then you check after 2 hours, then after a couple. Then, at the 12 hour mark, scoop out all the stuff in the filters into a new set of filters. TRUST ME! It's important to drain out as much liquid as possible. It make it more "cheesecake-like". After 12 hours, it'll be done. One way to know that it's done is that you'll be able to peel the coffee filters away from the yogurt when you put the yogurt in a bowl. 

Set aside and make your tarts

Ingredients for tarts:
  • 1.5 cups of graham cracker crumbs. (about 6-8 crackers put in the blender)
  • 1/4 cup of butter, melted<-- GOTTA USE THE BUTTAA
  • muffin or tart pans (dollar store tins that bend are better)
  • a bar of chocolate
Crush the crackers in the blender. Then, mix it with the butter. You want it to be *barely wet* or *damp*. You want it to *just* be able to be pressed in the tin. If you've ever pressed eyeshadows with biosilk before, you'll know what I'm talking about. So, just spoon the stuff into a muffin tin and press around. Bake from 8-10 minutes. NO MORE THAN THAT! yay. 

Note, please use butter. I tried it with olive oil and it just crumbled. I don't think it has the fat that butter has... so the crumbs might not stick together as well. Once it's cool, spread some melted chocolate in the tart. Cool in the fridge until the chocolate is hard. Then pop them out of the tins and spoon yogurt inside. 

You can do this with different kinds of fruits! I made mine with an entire lemon but it was too sour >< So remember kiddies (and others), only half a lemon.

RANT TIME. I changed the color to blue so people don't get confused. Today, I gave my BF a tart to try, and he was like "oh okay i like it". Then later, I find out that he wasn't *that* crazy about it..

Well.. why don't you tell me beforehand? I *HATE* it when people don't tell me the truth when I ask. As long as you aren't an asshole about it, I appreciate your comments. Seriously. How else do I improve my cooking? Just say "there is too much lemon". Granted, men aren't that picky. Most of them will shove anything down their throats, provided that it's food and they're hungry. Still, when I ask for your opinion, give me your friggin' opinion. I rather have you "hurt" my feelings than be like "EVERYONE TRY THIS YUMMY THING" when it's not optimally yummy at all. Seriously. 


Really homefry? Really bro? Are you going to do that to me? I'd rather eat it myself than his parents to think that I'm a complete fail. Mind you, they don't like me that much already. But that probably has more to do with my makeup and such. 


Anyway, enjoy this recipe! See you next time.


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BLIX said...

Well, if your BF doesn't want your tarts, you can send 'em to me! I've been growing on lemon flavoured desserts and this one sounds and looks yummy. :-)
And yes, it's so annoying when people say something then go back on it later. It hurts worse than if they would be upfront about it in the first place. I'm not sure why people do it tho. :-/

Nissa said...

:) Don't worry your not alone in that boat. My husband has done it loads of times too.
The first bite: Wow, Its really good.

After dinner: I think it needed a little more spice/salt/whatever.

*and I'm just like MAYBE if you had told me on the first bite I could have FIXED it. Seriously guys would rather eat food they don't like than "hurt our feelings"
One day I'll get through to him. I've actually thought about making food bad on purpose to see if he'll actually eat it, it might the only way to get through to them.

Closer to Lucy said...

You are after my heart...cheesefake sounds right up my ally!!

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