With a fresh zingy taste, don’t tell your friends it contains packet jelly. Once they taste it, they won’t care. Filled with fresh fruit salad it is high in vitamin C, along with being rich in calcium and protein.
|Category||Cakes & Desserts|
|Preparation Time||25 minutes +|
|Cooking Time||2 1/2 hrs fridge/setting|
“I knew that in finding the Mandala as an expression of the self I had attained what was for me the ultimate.” – C. G. Jung.
Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle. In Buddhist and Hindu religions their sacred art often takes a Mandala form: a circle with a centre point. They can be an aid to meditation and trance induction.
The stunning book ‘Celestial Gallery’ by Romio Shresta is packed with stunning mandalas, many of which feature a Goddess at the centre. For mine, I placed half a fresh stoned cherry.
When decorating a cake employing this kind of symmetry, concentration and repetition is involved. This I find compels me towards inner stillness, a sense of being totally present in the moment.
This Cheesecake is quite simple to make if you have the spring form tube tin with the swirly design at the base. This type of tin is available worldwide and is ideal to slot the mandarin segments into. When you serve it, everyone will wonder how you set the design into jelly, since it is made upside down. The cake does however require patience as you need to let it sit in between stages.
It uses easy to buy convenience foods and guarantees success. You can use all cottage cheese if you wish or all full fat cheese. A word of warning though… if you use low fat cottage cheese or low fat Philadelpia the results will not be as good, since low fat products contain a much higher percentage water.
Base (in this case it goes on top; later to be flipped out)
Bring the cheesecake to room temperature, about 30 minutes before serving. Fill a basin 1/3 way up with very hot water. Dip the tin in for 10 seconds. Place a plate on top and reverse. Cheesecake should slid out with the gorgeous jelly shape intact. Now decorate as you wish. Mandala are all about self expression so use whatever fruit you have available in whatever shape you desire.
Traditionally a Mandala is a circle within a square, as served here.