What do you get when you cross an orange with a lemon? A bergamot.
What’s more is that you can make them directly into jars or little tupperware, and eat them while you’re on the move. Just grab a spoon, a breakfast cheesecake and GO.
For the spelt crust
½ cup (115g) unsalted butter
4 cups (200g) toasted ready-to-eat spelt flakes
2 teaspoons flax seeds (linseeds)
2 teaspoons sliced almonds
3 tablespoons honey
For the cheesecake
2 teaspoons gelatin or 1 1/2 teaspoons Agar Agar flakes (scroll to bottom for vegetarian)
1½ cup (300g) greek yogurt
1¼ lbs (560g) cream cheese
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons (125g) unrefined sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoon bergamot juice
zest of ½ a bergamot (about 1 tablespoon, unpacked)
1 vanilla pod
grapes and granola, for serving
For the crust
- Melt the butter in a medium frying pan on medium to medium-high heat. Add in the linseeds, sliced almonds and spelt flakes. Stir frequently for about 5 minutes, making sure to coat everything, until the spelt flakes are a bit more toasted and brown. You can also start smelling the butter brown at that point.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
For the cheesecake
- Place the gelatin in a small bowl with about ½ tablespoon of water. Let it stand for about 5 minutes to allow it to dissolve. Continue with the following steps, and you’ll return to the gelatin in step 5 below.
- In a medium bowl, using a mixer, cream together the greek yogurt and cream cheese. Mix in the sugar and salt.
- Stop the mixer and allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes to allow the sugar and salt to fully dissolve.
- Carefully slice open the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds into the greek yogurt mixture. Add in the bergamot juice and zest. Mix until thoroughly combined. You may want to taste test to check that the sugar is fully dissolved and you don’t feel any sugar crystals.
- You’ll next dissolve the gelatin. There are two different ways I normally do this, depending on my equipment. First method: place the small bowl with the gelatin into a larger bowl, so there is room to pour hot water into the larger bowl and create a makeshift “double boiler”. Pour hot water into the larger bowl, being careful not to get it into the smaller bowl containing the gelatin. Stir the gelatin until it is fully dissolved. Second method: heat about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water in a small skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Set the small bowl with the gelatin into the skillet or saucepan and stir the gelatin until it is dissolved.
- Remove the small bowl with the gelatin in it. Using one hand, hold the mixer and beat the greek yogurt mixture on low speed. Using your other hand, slowly and steadily pour in the gelatin while the mixer is running. Mix until it is well blended.
Prepare the cheesecake
- Evenly divide and spoon the spelt crust into 8 small jars (my jars were 200ml). Using a small cup with a flat bottom that fits into the jar, evenly push down on the spelt flakes to compress them. If any spelt flakes go up the sides of the jar, use a spoon knock them back into the middle of the jar. Push down again with the small cup. Repeat for each jar.
- Evenly divide and spoon the greek yogurt mixture into the jars.
- Cover each jar and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. These breakfast cheesecakes are best made the night before to enjoy in the morning.
- Top with grapes and granola immediately before serving.
VARIATION WITH AGAR FLAKES
- This step should be done once you have finished pressing the crust into the jars and beating together the greek yogurt mixture. The agar mixture needs to be mixed into the greek yogurt mixture immediately after the agar is dissolved so it does not set on its own.
- In a small saucepan, add in one cup of water and sprinkle on 1½ teaspoons of agar flakes. Bring to boil without stirring. Turn down the heat to low-medium and simmer, stirring frequently, for 10-15 minutes, until the agar flakes are completely dissolved. Make sure the agar doesn’t stick to the side or bottom of the pan.
- Immediately continue with step 6 in the recipe above, using the agar mixture instead of gelatin.