“Less is more only when more is too much.” ― Frank Lloyd Wright
A good portion of my baking happens to put left over ingredients to good use . Does that happen to you too ? After making this Mangomisu , I had a half tin of Mascarpone abandoned in the top shelf of my refrigerator . Racking my brains and some Pinterest stalking didn’t yield enough inspiration.
A relaxing weekend , a disturbing but powerful movie , a couple of naps and a chance Youtube video later … I had my answer ! This simple rustic 3 ingredient cheesecake ! Ochikeron had this video that went viral three years ago (which I just happened to see yesterday) of a three Ingredient Japanese souffle cheesecake that looked soft and fluffy and drool worthy!
So the three ingredients are white chocolate , cream cheese and eggs. I swapped out the cream cheese for the Mascarpone , with some trepidation I must add. They both are soft cheeses , cream cheese of course having that characteristic tang compared to the much mellower taste of mascarpone (which is more to MY taste!) . The result was super soft , not too sweet-not too tangy gorgeous cheesecake heaven !
Another change I made was in the method of baking . The cheesecake is baked slowly in a hot water bath but instead of varying the temperature like Ochikeron did , I just baked it at 160 C throughout to make it more fuss free. I didn’t get the height she did , but I am not sure if that was because of the changes I made or pan size.
The cake was still tall enough , beautifully melt-in-your-mouth and drop dead delicious !
I am not sure if this is a Japanese cotton cheesecake anymore. Does it become Italian because I added Mascarpone ? Or have I committed some sort of blasphemy in the cheesecake world by making the switch?
But can I tell you how good it is …. so so so good. Its one of the softest , lightest cheesecakes I have ever eaten . Tastes like a sweet exquisite cloud (something like that!) and you’ll keep shovelling in forkfuls until you realise you have had one wedge too many!
On a side note , if you watch Indian movies , do catch Udta Punjab . Some stellar acting and some rivetting scenes !