For those willing to broaden their culinary horizon, we present to you a cheesecake made from goat cheese. Indeed, some turn up their noses at the thought of goat cheese, but that earthy tang so often found in goat milk products is not so pronounced when blended into this delicious cheesecake. Oh, and we have gingersnaps, did we mention that?
Here is the recipe we served at Thanksgiving.
10 oz. gingersnap cookies (I like the ones from World Market)
2-4 T softened butter
2 or 3 T sugar for pan
3/4 cup sugar
12 ounces mild, soft, white goat cheese (10 oz logs from Costco, 4 oz from the grocery store.)
1 t Vanilla extract
1/2 T cinnamon
1/2 T nutmeg
1/2 t ginger
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups pumpkin
4 egg yolks
6 egg whites
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter a 9-10 inch spingform pan and dust with sugar (like you normally would flour a pan for baking).
Process the gingersnaps in a food processor until they are a course powder. Add in the butter and process until well blended. Press the mixture into the bottom of your springform pan and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool while you finish your filling.
Combine the sugar, cheese, vanilla, flour, pumpkin, spices and egg yolks in a large mixing bowl and blend together until smooth. Set aside.
In a clean mixing bowl, beat egg whites until they form soft peaks. Be sure the bowl and beater are clean and dry or the eggs won’t beat properly.
Gently fold 1/4 to 1/3 of the beaten egg whites into your filling mixture, by hand with a rubber spatula. Add another 1/4 to 1/3 and fold in, then fold in the remaining egg whites. This should make a relatively light batter. Be sure to fold in the egg whites, do not beat or mix.
Pour your filling into your springform pan and place on the center rack of your oven. Bake for approximately an hour or until the batter is mostly set. It will still be a little jiggly in the middle. Remove from the oven and gently run a butter knife around the edge of the cheesecake to loosen it from the edge of the pan.
Cool and serve with whipped cream.
Try it out and let us know how you did, or better yet, if you were able to trick your family into trying something new.