Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Baking for Beginners: White Chocolate Cheesecake

I've never made a real cheesecake before. Because faking it is so much easier. Like that recipe Jane posted which is the easiest berry cheesecake in the world. But here's a little secret: Real cheesecake is no more difficult than baking a cake. Although it does contain every single type of fat there is, so I don't suggest making it very often. But, when you do, your friends will love your for it. I made it for Domestic Slut Gemma and some friends, and it's safe to say that she's a big fan.

Serves 6-8 people.

You'll need these things:
  • 55g Butter (unsalted)
  • 150g dark chocolate digestive biscuits bashed and crushed
  • 300g white chocolate, broken into pieces. I used a supermarket brand, but Green & Blacks might work a better.
  • 400g full-fat cream cheese. I used Mascarpone.
  • 2 Eggs
  • 150ml Soured Cream - see?! All the types of fat in the world!
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • about 225g strawberries or raspberries
You'll need to these things:
  • Preheat the oven to 160 degrees/gas mark 4.
  • Melt the butter over a warm heat, and then stir in the bashed up biscuits. Press evenly into a 20cm baking tin. A springform one will work best so you can take it out of the tray easily.
  • Melt the white chocolate. I always do this in the microwave, but you can do it over a pan of boiling water if you prefer.
  • Mix the eggs and cream cheese together. Trust me, you want to use an electric whisk for this. Add the soured cream and vanilla and whisk again.
  • Mix with the white chocolate until it's all smooth.
  • Pour the mix on top of the biscuit base until it's almost at the top of the tray.
  • Make sure you don't pour any lumpy bits in. No one likes a lumpy filling.
  • Pop in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes.
  • It probably won't be set in the middle, but it will set when you pop it in the fridge so don't worry about that. (I left this one in the fridge for about four hours, but it was done after two).
  • Serve with strawberries.
  • Accept lots of compliments and listen to yummy noises.
This post did have a Flickr image from Mike_Fleming's photostream. But then my cooking companion Cate sent me this photo. Your cheesecake will look like that.

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