Cheesecake in the Peace Corps? Oh my, yes. Every chance I get.
2 500-mL pouches chambiko (a cultured milk product)
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp imitation vanilla flavor
Strain the chambiko overnight through a clean cloth. This makes a substance resembling a soft cream cheese.
Combine the strained chambiko with the other ingredients and mix until smooth with a fork. Pour into a small pan.
Place the pan into a slightly larger pan containing water and a spacer to keep the baking pan off the bottom. There should be enough water to come up the side of the baking pan about 2 cm. Place the water-containing pan into a larger pan with 1–2 cm sand on the bottom. Cover all pans with a flat metal lid. Set the assembly on a mbaula. Place hot coals on the lid. Bake over coals or a moderate fire, replenishing the hot coals on the lid as necessary.
When the cheesecake is done, it will be set all the way to the center and a knife blade inserted into the center will come out clean. Remove from heat and allow to cool thoroughly before devouring.
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Revised: 26 June 2017; Maintained by Richard Barrans.