SW recipe: Candy-cane cheesecake

A LITTLE EFFORT
Serves 10
Syns per serving 5
Ready in 30 minutes, plus chilling

Ingredients

10 reduced-fat digestive biscuits

50g low-fat spread

4 sheets leaf gelatine

600g fat-free natural Greek yogurt

150g extra-light plain soft cheese

1 tsp peppermint extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 level tbsp sweetener granules

2 candy canes (about 12g each), roughly chopped

Method

1 Line the base of a non-stick, 20cm loose-bottomed tin with baking paper. Put the biscuits into a sealable food bag, seal and bash with a rolling pin to make fine crumbs. Alternatively, put the biscuits in a food processor and blitz.

2 Melt the spread in a small, non-stick saucepan over a low heat, then stir in the biscuit crumbs. Spoon into the tin and, using the back of the spoon, press down to cover the base evenly. Chill in the freezer for 15 minutes, or in the fridge for 30 minutes.

3 Meanwhile, soak the gelatine in a bowl of cold water for 5 minutes, or until softened. Remove the gelatine, squeeze out any excess water and put in a small saucepan with 200g yogurt. Gently heat over a low heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously, until the gelatine has melted into the yogurt. Leave to cool.

4 Put the remaining yogurt, cheese, peppermint and vanilla extracts, and sweetener into a large mixing bowl. Add the gelatine mixture and beat everything together until well combined and smooth. Spoon over the biscuit base and smooth the top. Chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

5 Carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin, discard the baking paper and place on a plate. Evenly scatter over the candy cane. Cut into 10 equal slices to serve.

COOK’S NOTE
You can make the cheesecake up to 24 hours ahead. Keep it in the fridge, and only top with the candy canes when you’re ready to serve.

 

Fill up on Free Food®
All our meals are based on Slimming World Free Food – nutritious, everyday foods that fill you up for fewer calories, meaning they’re great for weight loss! Free Food includes lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, pasta, rice, potatoes, pulses, fruit, veg and more. And you can eat these foods freely, making them perfect for satisfying the biggest of appetites. Some Free Foods have the extra bonus of being Speed Food – fruit and veg that are super-low in calories and keep you slimming beautifully. For the best results, always reach for Speed Food first in between meals and include at least a third of a plate of Speed Food at every meal, where it makes sense.

Add in Healthy Extras®
To help provide a good balance of nutrients, enjoy two measured portions of milk or cheese each day – your Healthy Extra ‘a’ choices. Options include 350ml skimmed milk or 250ml semi-skimmed milk; 40g reduced-fat or 30g full-fat hard cheese; 50g mozzarella (cow’s milk); 45g feta or 35g Danish blue, which can be eaten as part of a meal or snack. Also have one portion of wholemeal bread or breakfast cereal each day – your Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice. To keep things simple we’ve built your Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice into the menu plan each day.

Choose your Syns®
Foods and drinks that pose a risk to your weight loss – those high in fat or sugar, as well as alcohol – can be enjoyed as carefully counted Syns. We recommend you plan between 5 and 15 Syns into your day (see the bottom of the next page for some ideas).

Make simple swaps
To help protect your weight loss, choose the leanest meats and trim off any visible fat – cut the white bits off bacon and remove skin from poultry. Dry-fry or cook with low-calorie cooking spray rather than fat or oil, switch sugar for sweetener, and swap cream and crème fraîche for fat-free natural yogurt or plain quark.


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