Farmersgirl Kitchen

Low Fat Blackcurrant ‘Cheesecake’

Uncategorized | July 2, 2011 | By

The first of my blackcurrants were ready to pick today.  Because we have had a month of rain in Scotland, the currants are nice and large and juicy, we have not seen much sun but today it shone all day and I was able to pick enough to make dessert.

After what feels like a very long winter and soggy spring, I need to shed a few pounds so I am lightening my cooking.  Blackcurrants present a bit of a problem because they are just too sour to eat without some kind of sweetener and I don’t like artificial sweeteners.
I decided to make a sort of faux cheesecake, so I cooked some blackcurrants (about a cupful) with a teaspoon of water and a tablespoon of caster sugar.  I only cooked them until they started to burst then pulled them off the heat to cool.  Once cool I added a tablespoon of cherry brandy.

In the bottom of the ramekin, is a gingersnap cookie, soaked in a little orange juice to soften it.  On top of that is two tablespoons of 0% Greek Yogurt and then the blackcurrant sauce.  There was just enough sweetness in the cookie and the sauce to offset the sharpness of the blackcurrants.  I’m not saying I wouldn’t rather have the full fat version but this was not bad at all.


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    July 2, 2011

    I think this is such a great idea and a wonderful way to use those blackcurrants. Sorry to hear it has rained so much in Scotland.

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    July 3, 2011

    This looks really delicious and healthy. I absolutely love real cheesecake though so I'd have to tell myself it was something else!

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    July 3, 2011

    Homegrown blackcurrants must be such a treat. I saw some at the Farmers Market last week and meant to go back and pick some up but then forgot. Great ida to add it to a cheesecake ;0)

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