The secret component in these individual no-bake cheesecakes is the “French toast” crust, made by dipping brioche rounds in an egg mixture and then frying until caramelized. These are then placed in cake rings and layered with cottage cheese blended with citrus curd, with more curd spooned on top. They’ll need to be frozen for at least an hour, or up to overnight, before unmolding; if freezing longer, you may need to run a warm, damp cloth around the outside to loosen.
- 4 slices brioche (1.5 cm thick)
- 0.5 liters milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 20 grams butter
- 50 grams caster sugar
- 70 grams mandarin juice
- 30 grams lemon juice
- 3 egg yolks
- 50 grams butter
- 4 cottage cheese (fresh, squares)
- 2 tablespoons icing sugar
- 12 teaspoons curd (citrus)
- In a dish, mix the eggs, vanilla, sugar, and 1 tablespoon of caster sugar. Gradually add milk.
- Soak the brioche slices in the mixture on each side.
- Heat butter in a skillet, brown the French toast on each side. Remove from pan.
- Cut the toast in circles with a pastry cutter.
- Sprinkle the circles with the remaining sugar and let it caramelize slightly in the pan.
- Remove from heat to cool.
- In a saucepan, mix the lemon and mandarin juice, boil for 5 minutes to reduce the liquid slightly.
- In a bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar, gradually add the hot juice, stirring with a fork so the eggs don't cook.
- Pour the mixture into the saucepan on low heat to thicken.
- Remove from heat, add butter, stir, and then sieve.
- Pour into a jam jar.
- Let cool before using.
- Mix cottage cheese, sugar, and 8 teaspoons citrus curd, in a bowl, with a fork.
- Place bread circles on the bottom of four individual plating rings.
- Divide cheese/curd mixture between each ring.
- With the back of a teaspoon tap each ring, and level the surface.
- Place a spoonful of curd on top, spread evenly with the spoon.
- Freeze for 1 hour for easy unmolding.
PER SERVING *
|Calories740Calories from Fat300|
|% DAILY VALUE*|
|Calories from Fat300|
|% DAILY VALUE*|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.