Mango-Lime Cheesecake

From the Recipe Shoebox.

Ingredients:

For the cheesecake:

1 c flour
1/4 c packed brown sugar
1/3 c butter, softened
2/3 c coconut
3 pkg (8-oz each)  cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp corn starch
3/4 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
zest of 2 limes

1/2 c lime juice, which is 5 limes (if using Key limes, use half the amount)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray the inside of your cheesecake pan with nonstick spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.  (not totally necessary, but I don't like to take my chances of crusts sticking)

Blend the softened butter and the brown sugar together until creamy. Then mix in the flour.

Stir in the coconut.  If you want a more pronounced coconut flavor, add 1/4 tsp coconut flavoring. (I didn't have any, but I remember that the Cheesecake Factory version had a more coconut flavor.  Perhaps one could add a little more coconut)

 Press into bottom of spring form pan and bake for 10 minutes.

 Meanwhile, prepare your cheesecake batter.

In a bowl cream together the cream cheese, corn starch, and sugar until it is all smooth and creamy.  It will all be creamy IF your cream cheese was all the way softened.  This will help prevent any cracks, but it won't matter with this cheesecake if you have a few cracks.

Blend in the vanilla and the eggs, one at a time. 

After the eggs are all mixed in, then add the zest of two limes.

 Squeeze the juice out of the 5 limes which should be about 1/2 cup.  I read on my lime package that one gets more juice if cut the long way.  I don't know if that's true, but I did it anyway.  Just make sure that you don't have a paper cut on your finger before doing this.  Stings like crazy!

 Add the juice to the batter and mix well.

Pour onto prepared coconut crust.  Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the center is slightly wiggly.  (It may take up to an hour depending on your oven)

Remove and cool completely before putting in the refrigerator.  See, I have a couple cracks on the edge, but it won't matter because we're covering it with mango mousse.  Now, onto the mousse...


Ingredients for Mango Mousse:
2 c mango pulp (about 2-3 ripe mangos, pitted and peeled)
2 tsp lemon juice (or orange juice)
1 small pkg sugar free orange jello (or 2 tsp plain gelatin if it's easier for you)
2 c heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp powdered sugar

Peel and pit your mangos.  Purée them in a blender.  OR if you happen to have an immersion blender, then just place them in a small pan.

Once they are puréed, add the lemon (or orange) juice and then heat in a small pan.

When they are hot, sprinkle on the gelatin, and stir in so all the gelatin is well blended and dissolved.  OR you can heat up 1/4 cup hot water and dissolve the jello in the water and then mix it all into the mangos.  I believe it is easier that way.

Once jello is dissolved, remove from heat and let cool.

Meanwhile, whip your cream.  Sprinkle on a couple tablespoons of powdered sugar.  Whip until light peaks appear.  Over beating will curdle.  Make sure you have a high fat content whipping cream.  If not, then it will NOT whip.  (which is unfortunately what I discovered with my cream.  So I made up for it by adding a little Cool Whip.)  However, I KNOW that if your cream is whipped you do not need the cool whip.

Once you have your cream whipped, fold it into the cooled mango mixture.  It may appear to not be very thick, but the jello will help that.

My added Cool Whip.  Hopefully you can skip this step.

Pour onto the cooled cheesecake and refrigerate until mousse is firm.  Now onto the glaze.


Ingredients for the Mango Glaze:
1 mango, peeled and pitted
1 tsp lemon juice (or orange juice)
2 Tbsp cold water
2 Tbsp corn starch

Once again, puree your mangos either in the blender or with an immersion blender.  Once again place them in a small pan on the stove. Add the juice to the purée and heat the mixture to a low simmer.   (Hint, just rinse out the pan you used last time for the mousse.  You don't even need to clean it because you're using the same ingredients.)

Make a slurry of corn starch and cold water.  Just mix the two together until the corn starch is dissolved.  

Pour the corn starch mixture into the hot mixture and stir it in well.  It will gradually thicken.  When it does get thick, remove from heat and let cool a little.

Pour glaze onto the mousse and smooth it all over the top.  Place back in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Before serving, you may want to heat up a flat knife (then dry it so the blade is warm).  Run it around the edges just to make sure that everything will come clear easily from the side of the spring form pan.

Sit back and pretend you are in the tropics on a vacation.  You deserve it after the work you've put into this dessert.






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