Monday, September 3, 2012

Memorable Monday's

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu!

Introducing "Memorable Monday's" which I will share with you a memorable recipe worth trying and sharing with you and your loved ones. I wanted to sort of incorporate a bit more of a 'personal touch' to my blog, and food is just something that is such a blessing from Allah that I felt obliged to share with you my cooking concoctions, hoping that you will also benefit from the lovely meals as I have been blessed by Allah to enjoy. Alhamdulilah for the true blessings of food! All the different spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits from all around the world! Subhana'Allah, truly it is one of many miracles that we overlook that Allah has blessed us with (and think of all the health benefits of most!)

This Monday, I made my very first (low-fat) cheesecake and it turned out a success Masha'Allah wa'Alhamdulilah! It was memorable in every bite! 
I was a bit skeptical at first since I don't own an electric mixer but I left the cream cheese out to soften for a good half hour and applied some elbow grease and used my own arms (Masha'Allah) and blended away on low-medium speed. 

Here was the outcome & here is the recipe! ( I don't have those fancy DSLR camera's to take fancy 
food -blog styled pictures, so bare with my iPhone!)

  • Crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

  • 4 (250 g) packages (low fat) PHILADELPHIA Brick Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla (I use imitation, to avoid the alcohol from real vanilla)
  • 1 cup (low fat) sour cream
  • 4 eggs

Strawberry sauce:
1 pint (2 cups) of  fresh strawberries 
1/3 cup of sugar
some lime zest
1 tbsp imitation vanilla

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F if using a silver 9 inch springform pan (or to 300 degrees F if using a dark nonstick 9-inch springform pan). Mix crumbs and butter; press firmly onto bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes.
  2. Beat cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer (or by hand if you don't own a mixer like me!) on medium speed until well blended. Add sour cream; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour over crust.
  3. Bake 1 hour 10 minutes or until centre is almost set. Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Top with pie filling before serving. Store leftover in your fridge!

For the Sauce: 
Slice (washed) strawberries and remove the leaf then add sugar, a dash or two of lime (or lemon) zest and the vanilla and bring to a boil while stirring consistently. Leave aside and let it cool before topping it on the cheesecake. 

- The cheesecake will come out a little bit firm but "jiggly" and the center will be more "jiggly" than the rest, this is OK! Let it cool and eventually the entire cake will set (if you over bake it will cause the cake to crack!) 
- Make sure you let the entire cake cool before you put it in the fridge otherwise it will build up moisture and taste like your fridge! 
- Make sure you enjoy it with your loved ones and second helpings are not encouraged if you have errands to run or business to take care of (may result in major relaxation and contentment, Alhamdulilah!) 

Bil3fia &  Enjoy ! 


  1. It looks delicious!! I'm excited to see more of these kind of posts :D
    Truly, Alhamdullilah for the blessing of food <3

    1. assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu!

      I am excited to share more posts like this with you insha'Allah!!

      and yes food is a HUGE HUGE HUGE barakah!!!!!! and so many people take it for granted and waste!!

  2. As-salaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi sis :)
    Ooooh cheesecake!!! Masha Allah, I absolutely love cheesecake!! :D :D
    I'm a member of the "Hopelessly Pathetic Cooks" Club, (yes, such a club exists... and it may or may not be in my imagination) so I can't wait to see your recipes and try them out insha Allah! :D

    1. walaikumassalam wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu sissy!!

      lolll i love cheesecake too masha'Allah! I was a bit skeptical to make this but Alhamdulilah it turned out great and tastes like bakery stylez !!! insha'Allah you can try this one out and tell me how it goes!!! cant wait to share more with you insha'Allah!

  3. wa alaikum salam wa rahmatillah wa barakatuhu khadija,

    MashaAllah your cheesecake looks delicious and memorable! your right food is such a wonderful blessing from Allah, for alot of us we only really begin to appreciate such blessings when they are taken away from us i.e.when ramadan comes etc but for poor people they fast almost or most days it's not suprising that most of the people of paradise will be from the poor mashAllah not only are their desires under control and have sabr but also they won't be questioned/judged about what they didn't have in this life.
    JazakaAllah Khayran for such a nice reminder that i never thought possible through a food post!

    1. assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu sis!

      thank you for your kind and insightful comment!! it is so true that we always judge those less fortunate than us when we should really look at their situation and thank Allah for everything that He blessed us with!!! Allahu Akbar!

  4. Oh my goodness,
    That looks amazing! I will probably never be able to make it, but it just makes my mouth water every time I look at it! Alhamdulilah you are able to make this!

    1. assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu sis!!
      Masha'Allah it was really tasty & SUPER easy to make!!!! if I can make this i'm sure you can too :)

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    1. assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu!

      masha'Allah!!!!! it was very delicious! and lasted about a week! loll (because it is quite big masha'Allah and there is only two of us!)

  6. in my house it would be lucky to last an hour


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