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Healthy spring recipes – dessert (cont)

Recipe idea from Nutrionist Catherine Saxelby
Baked ricotta cheesecake with berries
This recipe creates a light cheesecake which is a perfect summer dessert with fresh fruit. The filo provides a paper-thin outer shell instead of pastry or biscuit base and facilitates cutting.

Serves 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 minutes

3 sheets filo pastry
oil spray

Ricotta filling:
4 eggs
? cup castor sugar
750g ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
1 tablespoon flour
grated rind of one orange
2 tablespoons mixed peel (optional)

Berry accompaniment
1 punnet (250g) blueberries
1 punnet (250g) strawberries
2 tablespoons castor sugar
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or other liqueur

Cut filo into circles of about 32cm in diameter. Line an ungreased 20cm springform pan with filo, spraying or brushing lightly with oil between sheets. The filo should sit above the final level of the filling but this excess can be trimmed away after baking. Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add castor sugar and beat again until mixed in. In a separate bowl, beat ricotta until smooth and add vanilla, flour, rind and peel. Combine with egg mixture. Pour into the lined pan, smooth top and bake in a moderate 180 C oven for 50-60 minutes or until the centre of the filling is firm. Allow to cool and refrigerate before serving. Cut into wedges and serve with berry sauce topped with sliced strawberries and blueberries.

To make accompaniment:
Reserve 3 or 4 of the strawberries for decoration. Puree the rest coarsely with sugar and liqueur.

Nutrition score per serve: 14g fat, 1.6g fibre and 1265kilojoules (302 Calories)

Variation:
Fresh mango or passionfruit pulp could be substituted if berries are not in season. For more nutritious articles from Catherine Saxelby, see
www.foodwatch.com.au

Wine recommendation from Winsor Dobbin
Brown Brothers 1999 Patricia Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Brut

This is one of the best sparkling wines in Australia ? no argument ? and an excellent alternative if you don?t want to splash out on a bottle of French Champagne. The Whitlands vineyards in the Victorian Alps, among the coolest in Australia, have produced some outstanding fruit which the slick Brown Brothers winemaking team has turned into a bubbly of rare freshness, complexity and sheer drinkability. This is the perfect sparkling wine for a special occasion ? with or without food.
RRP $39