Sunday, April 30, 2006

Quick Dessert - Mini Mango Cheesecake

mango cheesecake

Mini Mango Cheesecakes

We, in the SaffronHut household have been feeling a bit under the weather recently. I have received a lot of comments and emails from my blogger buddies inquiring about us. I am really touched and feel very lucky to have made so many friends in cyberspace in such a short while. THANK YOU all very much, for the well wishes!!

We are all bouncing back to normal health - that makes us sound a bit like rabbits doesn't it? Whoever "bounces back" to normal health? Ok, let's just say that we are feeling pretty much back to our normal selves. Ok, I have a few friends that might snicker at that idea too - us? normal? he he!!

well, anyways, illness or no illness, I didn't want to miss contributing to lovely Indira's “Jihvā For Mangoes event.

As I lay in bed, several ideas raced through my mind. What could I make with mangoes?

How about the ever popular "Poori and Aamras"? Nah, didn't feel up to frying pooris!
How about "Amarkand?" that delectable union of srikand and mangoes? Nope, didn't have time to make srikhand.
How about "Mango Moorkootan?" a typical palakaad delicacy - a sweet, sour and spicy combination of tangy yogurt, ripe mangoes, sweet coconut and fiery green chillies? No, didn't have any shredded coconut in the freezer.
Ok, how about "Mango with yogurt rice?"a combination that may sound weird to some, but is a well loved dish in some households.
How about a "Mango Pie?". Hmmm, I would have to go shopping for ingredients.
Ok, let's see what's in the pantry...

I rummaged around and found a box of Jello No-bake Cheesecake - a relic from the days when I was trying out different boxed mixes from the store. I like cheesecakes in general and was curious to see if the boxed mix comes close to the real thing. Take my word for it - it does not!! and contrary to what the name might suggest, it does not have any Jello in it!

So, armed with the boxed mix for cheesecake, some nuts, a lemon and a mango, I came up with "Mini Mango Cheesecake". From my previous experience with the mix, I knew that the basic mix needs a little something to hold it's own against the lusicousness of the mango. I pepped it up with a little lemon and orange zest. Perfect! just the right amount of tartness to offset the creamy sweetness of the filling. The citrusy undertones go well with the sweet/sour taste of the mango. Btw, if the filling for a cheesecake is tart, is it still a cheesecake????

The assembly of the cheesecake is very simple. I just followed the instructions on the box with a few simple additions.

mango cheesecake closeup

mini mango cheesecake

1 box of Jello No Bake Cheesecake mix (I just used half of the box contents)
2 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup milk (2% milkfat)
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp orange zest
8-10 walnuts
1 ripe mango
a few strawberries for garnish


  1. Spread the walnuts in a single layer in a microwave safe plate and nuke for 1-1.5 minutes. Alternatively, you can roast them in the oven or in a heavy bottomed pan on the stove.
  2. Cool and roughly chop/powder them in tiny pieces.
  3. To prepare the crust, mix 1/2 the crust mix packet, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 tbsp melted butter (or margarine) and the walnut powder.
  4. Line a mini-muffin pan with paper cups.
  5. Spoon 1 tbsp of crust mix into each paper cup. Press well with fingers or with a small rounded spoon. The mix will cover the entire bottom and a little bit of the sides.
  6. Refrigerate the crusts while you prepare the filling.
  7. For the filling, mix 3/4 cup of cold milk with 1/2 the contents of the filling mix from the box.
  8. Beat with a wooden spoon till the filling thickens and gets fluffy. The directions on the box advise beating with a electric mixture, but I like the old fashioned way of mixing with a spoon. This so, because it gives the arms quite a workout and also because I don't own an electric mixer!
  9. Add the lemon and orange zest to the filling.
  10. Refigerate the filling mixture for 1 hour
  11. Spoon the filling onto the chilled crusts.
  12. Top with diced mango and garnish with chopped strawberries

Makes for nice bite sized dessert nibbles. Because these were made in a mini muffin tin, they were just the right size to pop whole into the mouth. You can use this same recipe to make a regular sized cheesecake and top with sliced mango.

This is my contribution to the event “Jihvā For Mangoes” .

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At Mon May 01, 06:48:00 AM 2006, Blogger archana said...

Good to see you back SF, as always you are splendid !!!

At Mon May 01, 06:57:00 AM 2006, Blogger BDSN said...

Nice photos SH..Great write up as usual...

At Mon May 01, 06:58:00 AM 2006, Blogger Luv2cook said...

Hey SH:

Good to see you back! I love cheesecakes and do make them with different toppings but I always worry about the calories I consume. But after a while, I figured the mini-muffin tin "trick". It does satisfy my cheesecake craving and is a little healthier for me too :). I will definitely try this before the mango season runs out!

At Mon May 01, 07:02:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you seen Office Space? Know the Milton Waddams guy, always mumbling to himself? I get into his psyche every time i visit your blog. Mumbling to myself "I believe this tastes great...i could eat this blog up...beautiful pictures..."

At Mon May 01, 07:41:00 AM 2006, Blogger RP said...

SH, good to see that you are doing well enough and made another wonderful post. Mini cheesecakes look lovely. Mango Moorkootan! That's what I made for Jihva, but we call it Maampazha Pulisseri.

At Mon May 01, 07:44:00 AM 2006, Blogger KrishnaArjuna said...

Nice presentation and great recipe! Hope you are feeling better now.

At Mon May 01, 08:25:00 AM 2006, Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

SF, wow nice pictures. I have never tried cheese cakes so far. Seeing your wirte up and the pictures it is tempting me to do:)

At Mon May 01, 08:55:00 AM 2006, Blogger Kitchenmate said...

Glad to see you guys back hale and healthy.. Good photos and nice write up with a different yummy dessert.. looks delicious:)

At Mon May 01, 09:39:00 AM 2006, Blogger Revathi said...

Good to see u back in action.
As always excellent quality of the fotos... And the recipe exactly fits my "try-my-best-low-fat" mantra. Gr8 work..

At Mon May 01, 10:32:00 AM 2006, Blogger Ashwini said...

Good to know you guys are back in the pink (saffron?) of health! And such a nice recipe too

At Mon May 01, 10:58:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Manisha said...

Hey, we missed you and your beautiful posts! Good to hear that all of you are back on the road to good health. And what better way to do that than with some sugar and mango! Very creative, indeed!

At Mon May 01, 12:09:00 PM 2006, Anonymous sher said...

So glad you're feeling better. Those little beauties look delicious. You really captured all their yumminess!!!!!

At Mon May 01, 12:54:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Vee said...

No-bake is the best way of baking , i say...
:) Looks Good, SH
Hope You feel better soon

At Mon May 01, 01:54:00 PM 2006, Blogger Lakshmi said...

like everytime nice photos with a nice presentation.

At Mon May 01, 02:44:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Indira said...

Thanks SH for participating in this JFI-Mango Event.
Mini mango tartlets look fabulous, just want to pop one.
Adding walnuts and strawberry topping, very nice. I like it.

Hope you are all feeling much better now.

At Mon May 01, 04:03:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Linda said...

This looks fabulous - and I just happen to have a box of Jello Cheesecake Mix and some leftover mango. Love the idea of nuts in the crust, too!

At Mon May 01, 07:04:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks yummie! Can I have one??

At Mon May 01, 07:04:00 PM 2006, Anonymous bea at La tartine gourmande said...

Oops I went anonymous! Last comment is from me ;-)

At Mon May 01, 08:06:00 PM 2006, Blogger yum said...

Wow, cute idea and a cute photo too!

At Mon May 01, 08:47:00 PM 2006, Blogger bilbo said...

Simply awesome pics. I am not the one for cheescakes and can have mangoes only as fruits and not in any preparation such as icecream or cakes. But this looks very tempting.

At Mon May 01, 10:03:00 PM 2006, Blogger Santhi said...

what lovely things tonibble on SH...
Hope U guys are doing good now

At Tue May 02, 02:55:00 AM 2006, Blogger Menu Today said...

Hi SH,
Really wonderful recipe and eye catching photograph. Thanx for sharing.

At Tue May 02, 04:13:00 AM 2006, Blogger Faffer said...

"Btw, if the filling for a cheesecake is tart, is it still a cheesecake????" LOL.

Lovely pictures, as always. Love the idea of making them in a muffin pan.

At Tue May 02, 07:45:00 AM 2006, Blogger Puspha said...

Looks yummylicios!!!

At Tue May 02, 07:54:00 AM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

Archana, BSDN Thanks! blush!

Luv2cook Yes, one bite is enough to satisfy!

Sandhya It does taste as good as it looks :)

RP any other name tastes just as good eh? I bet the pulisseri was delicious.

KA Thanks! yes, feeling much better now!

Priya, KM, Revathi Let me know how you like it. It is really simple to make and quite delicious.

Ashwini, Manisha, Sher yes, pop a couple of these babies in and you are better already!! who needs tylenol?

Vee, Laxmi Thanks! give this a try, the mango flavor really pops!

Indira Thanks! great job hosting the event and it was great fun to participate.

Linda Give it a try, you are sure to like it :)

Bea! welcome, you don't have to ask! help yourself :)

Yum, bilbo, Santhi I also like my mango plain, but I liked this because the mango does hold its own and goes very well with the filling.

MenuToday, Faffer, Pushpa Thanks so much!!

At Tue May 02, 09:41:00 AM 2006, Anonymous AnuShah said...

All I can say is WOW!!!!
Thats sinfully tempting Saffron..



At Tue May 02, 11:39:00 AM 2006, Blogger Priya said...

the pictures are stunning .. mini mango cheesecake look delicious.. shall try it soon.

At Tue May 02, 12:09:00 PM 2006, Blogger CurryInAHurry said...

Looks yummy!

I added you on my new blog, I hope it is OK :)

At Wed May 03, 07:29:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Saffronhut,

I am waiting for that write up on how to take gorgeous pictures like these. :-).

Also warmly inviting you for my Green Blog Project

At Sat May 06, 08:09:00 AM 2006, Anonymous sailaja said...

Awesome pictures!

At Mon Oct 30, 11:39:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Jello non vegetarian?

At Wed Feb 14, 10:20:00 PM 2007, Blogger Sanjana said...

Hi Saffron
Mango cheese cake is presented in a very novel and innovative way. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe with all of us. Have you tried mango marvel. makes an excellent dessert:

At Wed Jun 27, 08:06:00 PM 2007, Blogger Sreelu said...

Bite sized mango cheese cake looks so beautiful. lovely presentation. I cannot get the crust be stay in shape. so end up using store brought. This recipe is a definte keeper

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"To prepare the crust, mix 1/2 the crust mix packet,"--there is crust mix in the directions, but not in the ingredients. not sure what crust mix is??

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