Eggless Fresh Fig & Orange Mascarpone Cheesecake in a Whiskey Tumbler | No Bake Dessert

Ever since I made Eggless Tiramisu for my first post, V has been asking me to re-make it. He complains that the drawback of being married to a food blogger is that you never get a second outing. The drive to post something new takes over re-visiting what was very good. 🙂 Well he is right in a way.

Eggless Fig & Orange Cheesecake
Eggless Fig & Orange Cheesecake

To pacify him and really take time to re-visit the tiramisu, I made this cheesecake inspired from it. It is a very simple & quickly put together dessert. I decided to make 3 layered cheesecake – layers of fresh orange & fresh figs with vanilla mascarpone layer. I topped it with caramelized oranges with brandy.

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Fig is one of my favorite fruit & I’ve discovered it only when I moved to Pune. In the northern part of the country, you get only dried figs which one enjoys in winter. I decided to combine my favorites – figs & tiramisu. The cheesecake was a perfect dessert in every way – perfect sweet, perfectly set, perfect taste. I was looking for layers of colors in my cheesecake and here I was disappointed, the colors did not come out as I envisioned them to.

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I used whiskey tumblers for this dessert as I wanted smaller individual helpings. We had a big scare few days back about V’s health & almost did not make this dessert & even contemplated saying bye-bye to baking & blogging! Thankfully, it’s not a big deal & with little diet moderation he is as good as new, so I decided to make these as small helpings so that you indulge without ‘indulging’. 🙂

The cheesecake was really worth the effort & every bite was a delight. I gave one tumbler to a neighbor & he suffers from diabetes. He obviously enjoyed every bit of it but the surprising and the best part was that his sugar levels were absolutely in limit next morning!

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We brought in new year with all time favorite – baked & roasted goodies. The rest of the menu will follow soon – Roasted Herb Tomatoes, Twice Baked Potato and Baked Ratatouille.

No Bake Fresh Fig & Orange Cheesecake –

Recipe Source – inspired by Eggless Tiramisu

Ingredients –

  • 100 gms – Digestive Biscuit, I used Marie
  • 50 gms – Butter, melted
  • 250 gms – Mascarpone
  • 1/4 Cup – Icing Sugar
  • 1 tsp – Vanilla Extract
  • 150 ml – Whipped Cream
  • 4 – Fresh Figs
  • 2 – Fresh Oranges

Method –

  1. Crush the biscuits in a food processor or a ziplock bag using a rolling pin. In a small bowl, combine crushed biscuits & melted butter. Press a heaping tablespoon onto the bottom the jars. Cover & chill while you make filling.
  2. In a bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese with a spoon to break down the lumps and make it smooth. This will make it easier to fold. Now whisk together the mascarpone, vanilla & sugar till smooth.
  3. Add 1/3rd of the whipped cream to the mascarpone mixture and fold in gently. Carefully fold the remaining cream as well. Do not over-mix.
  4. Remove the stem of the fig & crush the figs in a blender. Do not liquefy, should be lumpy with small chunks.
  5. Remove the peel, pith, membrane & seeds of the oranges. Keep the pulp aside along with whatever little juice you collect.
  6. Divide the mascarpone mixture into 3 parts – to 1 part gently fold in the fig puree & to the 2nd part fold in the orange pulp. Cover all 3 bowls with plastic wrap & chill for several hours. I refrigerated overnight.
  7. Remove from refrigerator & spoon the orange mixture in the prepared jars, gently smooth it out, then fill in plain mascarpone mixture, lastly followed by fig mixture. Cover in a plastic wrap & chill till the time of serving.
  8. Top with caramelized oranges & serve chilled.

Caramelized Oranges –

Recipe Source – loosely adapted from Woman & Home

Ingredients –

  • 2 Tbsps – Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp – Brandy
  • 1 – Fresh Oranges
  • 2 Tbsps – Water

Method –

  1. Remove, pith, peel, membrane & pips from the orange. Lay the pulp slices in a dish & sprinkle with Brandy.
  2. Heat sugar with water in a thick bottom pan, on low heat. Swirl the pan in between, allowing the sugar to dissolve.
  3. Increase the heat & allow to the mixture to boil & reach rich caramel color. Remove from flame. Slowly add little more water, till you have thick syrup.
  4. Pour over the oranges & allow to cool.

Linking this to – New ‘U’ 2013 by cooks joy

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