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Ambrosia Cheese Squares

ingredients

yield: 28
90 g (3 oz) butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 egg yolk
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup desiccated coconut

for the ambrosia cheese topping

1 cup cottage cheese
125 g (4 oz) packaged cream cheese
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 eggs, separated
3 tablespoons orange juice
few drops orange food colouring
1 egg white
1/2 cup desiccated coconut

method

1. Cream butter, sugar and orange rind until light.

2. Add egg yolk and beat well.

3. Sift flour and add with coconut.

4. Mix to a firm dough and press in the base of a greased 28 x 18 cm (11 x 7 inch) slab cake tin.

5. Bake in a hot oven 200-230°C (400-450°F) for 10 minutes and remove.

6. Reduce oven temperature.

7. Pour topping over partly cooked base and cook, one shelf above centre, in a moderately slow oven 160-170°C (325-350°F) for 40 to 45 minutes until topping is set.

8. Turn off oven heat and leave in oven for 30 minutes.

9. Remove and cool thoroughly.

10. Cut into squares, and top each with a swirl of whipped cream.

for the ambrosia cheese topping

1. Sieve cottage cheese into a mixing bowl, add softened cream cheese, sugar and orange rind and beat until light.

2. Beat in egg yolks, orange juice and food colouring.

3. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into cheese mixture with coconut.

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