Quote: Bolivia’s Politics

Bolivia is a majority indigenous nation, but that majority has always been excluded.
Evo Morales

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Bolivian Dessert: Passionfruit Cheesecake

Umm..so I was looking up a tasty Bolivian meal to cook this evening and was a little turned off by the recipes for ‘roasted armadillo’ and ‘beef head stew’, so instead of turning myself off even more, I decided to look up desserts.

I’m not a huge sweets fan, but this cheesecake sounds delicious, and unique. I’ll give it a try!

Maracuya Cheesecake (Passionfruit)

Preheat oven to 350F

Butter a 10 inch pan

Ingredients:

170g (small packet) of suitable biscuits (cookies) for the base

One tablespoon of butter, melted

175ml of maracuyá juice (plus a tablespoon of reserved pulp). 5 large maracuyá should be sufficient for this

4 eggs

3 + 2 rounded teaspoons of cornstarch

500g of pressed ricotta (diet is fine)

1 cup of thick (greek-style) yogurt. If you can?t get greek-style yogurt then you can strain normal yogurt to remove additional whey

3/4 cup plus 1 desertspoon of sugar

1 large orange

Method

Put the biscuits in a food processor and reduce to crumbs. Add to melted butter and stir to mix thoroughly. Press this mixture into a thin, even, layer on the base of your springform pan. Put in the fridge whilst you make the topping.

Put the maracuyá pulp in a sieve and extract all the juice you can. Put 175ml of this juice into a food processor/ blender. To this add your pressed ricotta cheese, broken into small pieces, cup of yogurt, 3 rounded teaspoons of cornstarch, 3/4 cup of sugar and the whites and yolks of 4 eggs. Blend until smooth.

Pour into the springform ban and bake until the top of the cheesecake is firm (your finger will still make a mark on the top at this point). My oven takes an hour to do this but it may be on Bolivian time and I would recommend you check after about 40mins. Turn off the oven, leave the door open slightly and leave the cheesecake to cool inside.

Don’t worry if the top cracks! The topping will cover this. Remove the cheesecake from the pan when completely cool.

When the cheesecake is fully cooled and removed from the pan, you can make the topping. Add 1 tablespoon of pulp (loose seeds rather than a lump) into a measuring jug. Add any left-over maracuyá juice, and make this up to 100ml with juice from your orange. Add sugar to taste, and stir in 2 teaspoons of cornflour. Put in a small saucepan and cook over a medium heat until the mixture becomes thick (this will happen very quickly and suddenly).

With a spatula, smooth this mixture over the top of the cheesecake, making sure not to disturb the cooked cheesecake below.

Buen provecho!

Fantasy Friday: Beautiful Bolivia

Lonely Planet knows how to do it right in Bolivia, of course.

Let’s close our eyes (wait…read this though) and picture ourselves being transported to one of the wildest parts of South America:

Simply superlative – this is Bolivia. It’s the hemisphere’s highest, most isolated and most rugged nation. It’s among the earth’s coldest, warmest, windiest and steamiest spots. It boasts among the driest, saltiest and swampiest natural landscapes in the world.

Top 5 things to do and see in Bolivia:

1. Salar de Uyuni – An eerie, otherworldly sea of salt that will haunt your daydreams for years to come.

2. Potosí – A wealth of colonial churches with fabulous paintings, and miners looking to strike it lucky in hell.

3. Sorata – Alluring spot for action or inaction, for exhilarating treks or swinging in a hammock.

4. Parque Nacional Torotoro – Thousands of dinosaur tracks criss-cross this rough and rugged beauty of a national park.

5. Samaipata – This picturesque, laid-back town is the gateway to the pre-Inca site, El Fuerte, and stunning Parque Nacional & Área de Uso Múltiple Amboró.

Just stunning. What a unique and interesting landscape/history this place has. Count me in!