Each region of the world has its own take on the best way to make Cheesecake. Germans use quark, while the Americans bake it with cream cheese, the Swiss with hard cheese, the Italians with ricotta and the French with goat cheese. We in the Middle East, on the other hand, bake it with Labneh or what we call in Persia Mast-e Chekideh. Have you ever made a creamy cheesecake with Labneh – Mast-e Chekideh? Give my Labneh Cheese Cake with rhubarb and strawberry compote a try and you will be addicted.
Shirini Keshmeshi are crinkled raisin cookies and taste buttery, are chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside and absolutely my favorite for persian Norouz. For me Shirini Keshmeshi must have crinckles on top and golden edges. Therefore I made them with butter, flour, powdered sugar (creates their cracked appearance), a little bit oil, an egg, vanilla extract and they are loaded with raisins for a fine texture, sweetness and an irresistible chewing experience.