Thursday, May 21, 2015

"Cheesecake" with Raspberry Sauce #raspberrydessert @driscollsberry

I love to play with my food.  Sometimes ingredients are just waiting to have something "unexpected" happen to them... well that's my thinking at least.  So when I saw a tub of cottage cheese sitting in my fridge, I thought why not add it to a cake mix and see how it turns out.  This "cheesecake" is the result.

I also love fresh berries.  My go to brand when it comes to berries is always Driscoll's.  I know when I buy Driscoll's my berries are going to look and taste perfect.  

So when Driscoll's had a “Raspberries for Dessert” recipe contest sponsored by Driscoll’s®, I entered it without hesitation with my cake "experiment".  I knew that beautiful and plumb raspberries would make a perfect garnish to this dessert.  I also decided to take my "cheesecake" up a notch by adding a fruity raspberry sauce to compliment it.  

This cake was so moist and delicious, my husband could not believe there was cottage cheese in it.   My favorite part of course was the raspberry sauce.  The sauce just took the cake to another level and I wanted to scrape every drop off my plate.
Ingredients:1 box of yellow cake mix 
2 cups of plain cottage cheese
3 eggs
2/3 of a cup of orange juice

Mix all ingredients together well and pour into a well greased bundt pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until cake is set. 

Ingredients for Raspberry Sauce:
1 pint Driscoll's Raspberries (more if you want to garnish)
2/3 cup orange juice
1 Tbs honey
1 tsp cornstarch 

Blend raspberries, honey and orange juice well in a blender or food processor. Take a few tablespoons of the sauce and stir with the cornstarch until it forms a smooth slurry.  Then add cornstarch slurry with all the sauce and heat until sauce thickens.  Next strain with a fine mesh strainer to separate all the raspberries seeds out.  Allow the cake and sauce to cool before serving.   Serve cake in a pool of the raspberry sauce and with more fresh Driscoll's raspberries.  Enjoy. Store leftovers in the fridge. 

 Disclosure:  I was invited to participated in a recipe contest for Driscoll's Raspberries @driscollsberry.  I was not paid for this post and all my opinions are my own.

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