Easter Pashka With Cherry Sauce

Serves 10
by Tenina Holder

Well it is that time of year again…later than usual this year, but strangely here sooner than ever! Easter Bunny's will be hopping all over the place I'm told in a few weeks. This recipe is a traditional Russian Easter cheesecake, and although rich, is very more-ish. I am snowed under at work as usual, and so I have borrowed this from a few years back, tweaked it again, and I confess, it will be showing up on a Community near you soon!

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  • 180 g sugar
  • 1 Vanilla - Beans BUY
  • 200 g whole milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 orange, juice and zest (or equivalent kirsch)
  • 100 g craisins
  • 100 g Chocolate - Callebaut dark, in pieces BUY
  • 50 - 60 g Chocolate - Callebaut white in chunks BUY
  • 80 g shelled pistachios
  • 650 g fresh ricotta
  • 200 g creme fraiche
  • 75 g unsalted butter, melted
  • Sauce
  • 1 x 675 g jar of pitted morello cherries, drained
  • 250 g reserved juice from jar of cherries
  • 1 orange, juice
  • 80 g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond essence
  • 20 g cornflour
  • Useful to have;
  • 2 - 3 Chux or clean muslin fabric



Place vanilla bean and sugar into Thermomix bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 8.


Add milk and yolks and cook 8 min/80ºC/speed 4.


Cook 2 min/90ºC/speed 4. Pour into separate bowl and cool completely.


Meanwhile, combine ½ of juice with raisins and craisins in glass bowl, cover and set aside for 30 minutes.


In clean and dry Thermomix bowl, place orange zest and mill 15 sec/speed 7. Add chocolate and pistachios and chop 2 sec/speed 6. Set aside.


Place ricotta, crème fraîche and cold custard into Thermomix bowl and blend 30 sec/speed 7. Scrape down sides of bowl if necessary. Turn dial down to speed 3 and add melted butter through hole in lid, allowing 1 minute to incorporate with the aid of the spatula if necessary.


Add craisins with juice and chopped chocolate and nuts. Mix 2 sec/speed 5 until just blended.


Pour mixture into Chux lined steaming basket and place into Thermomix bowl with lid on. Allow to drain overnight whilst refrigerated. (If you cannot live without your Thermomix for that long, stand basket on a dish that will collect any drained liquid and put a plate on top with a heavy weight on top to press down.)


Turn out onto serving platter and drizzle with sauce and cherries.


To make Cherry Sauce: place all ingredients into Thermomix bowl and cook 4 min/80ºC/speed 4 to allow sugar to dissolve.


Cook 5 min/90ºC/speed 4 until sauce thickens.


Add drained cherries and mix 30 sec/Reverse/speed soft just to warm through.

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