Neapolitan Cheesecake


300 grams flour
150 grams sugar
200 grams butter, chilled
1 egg white, lightly beaten
75 grams pearl barley, soaked overnight and drained
600 mls milk
350 grams curd cheese
150 grams castor sugar
250 grams crystallised fruits, coarsely chopped
zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons orange flower water or 1 tablespoon orange liqueur


Put the pearl barley and milk into a pan bring to the boil cover and simmer gently until the pearl barley has absorbed all the milk about 20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, put the curd cheese into a bowl with the egg yolks and sugar and beat until smooth. Mix in the chopped crystallised fruits, grated lemon rind, a pinch of cinnamon and the orange flower water or orange liqueur. Finally, mix in the pearl barley. Cover and leave to stand for 1 hour.
To make the pastry, put the flour on a board, make a hollow in the centre, add the egg yolk and sprinkle with the sugar and a pinch of salt. Put the butter in flakes around the edge. Using a knife, chop all together, working from the outside inwards. Knead quickly with cool hands to form a smooth dough. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Roll out two thirds of the pastry into a circle 28cm across. Roll out the remaining pastry into a circle 24cm across. Put the larger circle into a 24cm springclip tin (springform pan), pressing up the edges. Place the filling on this base smooth the surface and cover with the second circle of pastry pressing the pastry edges well together. Brush the top with beaten egg white.
Bake at I80 degrees C/350 degrees F/gas 4 for 1 hour. Take the tin out of the oven turn out the cheesecake put on a dish and allow to cool. Dust with sieved icing sugar.




A delicious Italian-style cheesecake.


1.0 servings


Friday, December 10, 2010 - 1:02am


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