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rossie
« on: January 07, 2011 04:47:18 AM »



This is dragonfruit.  It comes from a cactus, which is too cool for words.



When you cut it open this is what you find:



Brilliant fuscia-pink flesh peppered with tiny black seeds.  There is a white fleshed variety but I like this one better.  The skin peels off like a banana.  You can eat the flesh as is; it's best chilled.  The flavour is subtle but refreshing.  Add some lime and suddenly it's tropical, fruity and delicious!

After trying a dragonfruit sorbet and then a salad, it was time to get to the serious stuff: cheesecake.  The flavours work together so well and the finished cheesecake was flirty with those jewel colours and so light and tempting... oh I could eat a lot of this stuff.  Here's the recipe...


Dragonfruit and Lime Cheesecake

1 biscuit base (cookie crumb pie shell)
1 cup cream
1 tub cream cheese, 250g/8oz, softened.  It MUST be soft or the cheesecake tastes weird and is lumpy.
1 cup icing sugar (confectioner's sugar/powdered sugar)
1 dragonfruit
2 limes
1 tsp gelatin
4 tbs water

Beat cream until softly whipped - it should be thick and luscious but NOT stiff.
Beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add whipped cream and icing sugar, beat until smooth.  Add the finely grated zest of 1 lime and mix.
Pour into pie shell and chill to set, at least half an hour.

Juice the limes and set aside.
Put water in a small, microwavable dish and sprinkle over the gelatin.  Leave for a few minutes to get spongy.
Peel dragonfruit; push flesh through a sieve with the back of a spoon to crush out as much juice as possible.  You can also place the mashed flesh in a cheesecloth or clean, new chux and wring out the juice.  Mix a spoonful of the seeds back into the juice (it's prettier).
Microwave the gelatine for 10 seconds; it should turn to liquid.  Mix the gelatin and juices. 
Carefully pour over the cheesecake mixture and chill.

Chill several hours; overnight is better.  The longer you chill it, the better the flavour.

Handy tip:  For maximum juice, use limes that are at room temperature and roll them on the kitchen bench with your palm before cutting and juicing.


I made a dozen mini cheesecakes in a friand pan; the bases came apart a bit but they were delicious anyway!





Do any of you have dragonfruit recipes to share?
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2011 06:05:01 AM »

ive never seen a real dragonfruit, nor did i know how beautiful it was or that there are two kinds.  it makes me wanna go find one and eat it! 
your cheese cake looks delish and would be awesome for someone with a wedding with a similar color. well done to you!
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2011 07:11:58 AM »

That's just lovely! I have never seen a dragon fruit around here, but I sure will be looking now!
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2011 07:46:53 AM »

Looks yummy and so pretty. I'd love to try it but I dont't think I've ever seen a dragon fruit around.
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2011 09:26:20 AM »

Looks amazing, I am drooling over your pictures. Is dragonfruit easy to find? What is its season?
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2011 02:54:22 PM »

Is dragonfruit easy to find? What is its season?

In Australia the plants start flowering and fruiting in October and keep on going until May, which for us is right through the wet season.  This time of year I'm getting them at the grocery store with all my other shopping. 

If your grocer does supply them, they'll be easy to spot - the one I photographed above was huge, about 750g.           
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2011 06:08:08 PM »

I never knew there was fuchia colored ones! I've had a bite of the white ones and loved them. But I can't seem to ever find them in grocery stores (sucks living in smaller towns sometimes lol).

And what gets better than cheesecake? Cheesecake is the best thing ever! Yum!
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2011 06:46:20 PM »

This comes at the perfect time!  I have decided to try the odd looking produce at the grocery store and I think I've seen these.  The cheesecake looks absolutely gorgeous.  I actually thought it was something completely different, the color was so rich.
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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2011 04:22:38 PM »

Purple food with the word dragon in it. Paired with lime. In cheesecake.

Sooo many favourite things in this food combination! If only my DP would eat cheesecake!
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