Marvelous Marble Cheesecake Recipe!

Last night I hosted a Pre Shavuot evening for ladies. We heard an inspiring Shiur on the 'Spirituality of Shavuot' from Rebbetzin Chanee Shlomo of the Sinai Academy in Cape Town, a hands on talk by florist Manon from Okasie Flower Shop in Stellenbosch who showed creative ways of presenting flowers and I gave a Marble Cheesecake demo. We also explained the deeper significance behind the custom of eating dairy on Shavuot and decorating the Synagogue with flowers. A quick thought on the flowers: According to tradition G-d miraculously adorned Mount Sinai (situated in the desert) with beautiful flowers in celebration of the giving of the Torah. This reminds us that in life if one feels lost in a Spiritual wilderness, through the study and observance of the Torah one transforms that Spiritual emptiness into a blooming garden of flowers; bringing beauty, direction and meaning to one's life.    

Now while I don't usually eat dairy I don't  mind observing the custom on Shavuot and having a bite - in general I go by the 80/20 rule, and this marvelous marble cheesecake recipe will have your Shavuot guests begging for a second portion!

It is super easy and shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes to prepare.

Here's the recipe:

Crust:

    3/4 cup coconut oil

    3/4 cup brown sugar

    1 egg

    1 tsp custard powder

    1/2 tsp vanilla essence

    1/2 tsp baking powder   

Mix all ingredients together and spray a Pyrex dish and press dough in the bottom and sides of the dish to form a base.

Filling:

    3 containers of smooth cottage cheese / cream cheese

    1 cup brown sugar

    2 whisked eggs

    1 lemon squeezed

    1 tsp vanilla essence

    pinch of salt

    1 tablespoon cocoa

Mix all ingredients together except for the cocoa and leave 1/3 of the batter in the bowl and add the rest into your dish.

Add 1 tablespoon of cocoa to 1/3 cup of batter and pour along the centre of your dish.

Ypu can use a knife or toothpick to design your marble cheese cake.

Bake at 150 c for an hour or into cupcake holders for 45 minutes.

Enjoy!

Wishing you a meaningful and inspring Shavuot!