You're probably thinking WHAT?! But yes, I just went there. Gulab Jamuns (Gulab meaning Rose and Jamuns meaning dumplings) are a delicious, sweet, spongy, dumpling, served in a rose water infused sugar syrup. One of the most popular desserts in any South Asian home, wedding, or gathering. It was only a matter of time before I mixed two of my favorite desserts into one. Thanks BuzzFeed for encouraging the idea!
Here's my take on this delicious delicacy that was definitely a crowd pleaser this weekend.
All you need to do is follow the recipe for my Mini Cheesecakes, but minus the sugar...
That's where the sweet Gulab Jamun come in. Pickup 6 Gulab Jamuns at your local South Asian Bakery or do what I did and grab some from your mom...thanks mom! ;)
Gulab Jamun are fried sweet dumplings that are then soaked in a rose water and Cardamom sugar syrup. Which are so decadent, which is why we cut the sugar out of the cheesecake!
Now all you have to do is add half your sugarless batter to your 2 mini crust.
Then cut 4 of your Gulab Jamuns in half and add them on top of your batter.
Now pour the rest of your batter to cover the Gulab Jamuns.
Bake as directed in the original recipe or until center is set.
Then let cool to room temp then in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
Right before serving add a Gulab Jamun on top of each Mini Cheesecake, sprinkle with pistachios and dried edible rose petals. If desired, drizzle over the sugar syrup that comes with the Gulab Jamuns, or serve on the side so each person can choose how sweet they want their cheesecake. :)
And that's it! The verdict to this insane cheesecake was definitely a positive in our home. Let me know how you liked it and remember this can always be made into one large cheesecake as well.
A great crust alternative is using digestive cookies crushed with cashews for a more authentic South Asian taste. If you’re gluten free just use a gluten free cookie or almond flour and cashews for your crust! :)