I grew up with cottage cheese being touted as a diet food, which I think made me think early on it was not a desireable food.
However, I have discovered on Dukan how great it is cooked and in desserts. Cooked it goes all stretchy and cheese like and is great when I am missing yellow hard cheese. On Dukan bread as a pizza or in a sauce for vegetables it is grand.
Lemon has always been one of my favourite flavours. I never-the-less become even more fond of lemon while doing the Dukan diet. I have played round with dessert recipes and this is one of my favourite lemon ones. I can feel very virtuos eating my cottage cheese and yet feel like I am spoiling myself with a tasty dessert. The best of both worlds.
Lemony Cottage Pudding
This moreish, low carb dessert can serve to non-dieting dinner guests as well as be a treat just for yourself.
400 ml skim milk
4 eggs separated
6 Tablespoons cornflour
10 sheets gelatin (enough to set 500 ml of water)
1 Tablespoon sugar substitute
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 teaspoon lemon essence (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Place the sheets of gelatin in a bowl of cold water to soak.
- Place the egg yolks in a pot (saucepan), and the whites in a metal bowl.
- To the pot add the cornflour and sugar substitute (eg Splenda).
- Add the milk to the pot, stirring slowly all the time to first form a lump free paste and then thin down with the remaining milk.
- Cook over a moderate heat until the custard is thick. Take the pot off the heat.
- Squeeze the water from the gelatin and add tot he pot stirring until it is disolved.
- Add in the lemon zest and juice along with the essence.
- Add 200 gm of lite cream cheese to the custard.
- Pass 500 gm lite cottage cheese through a sieve and add to the custard.
- Cool then place in the fridge until chilled.
- cool in a sink of cold water. Do not let the bowl float, add water about as deep as the liquid is deep in the bowl and adjust from there.
- Instead of skim milk you can use your favourite low fat milk including soy milk.
- Serve alone or with sweetened quark on the side.