Friday, 28 October 2011

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Everyone loves chocolate, oranges and cheesecakes, so when someone mentioned combining them together I jumped at the chance.
 

Ingredients:

  • 250g Hobnob biscuits
  • 170g butter, at room temperature
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 100ml orange juice
  • 500g cream cheese
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 50ml double cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 8 segments from a chocolate orange
  • 25g dark chocolate, finely grated
 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 140 degrees.
  2. Use a blender to combine the biscuits and butter together until they form into a ball of dough.
  3. Press the biscuit and butter mixture into a pre-greased flan dish or springform tin. The larger the better, I used a 23cm one. If you use a larger one then adjust the cooking time down by 15 minutes or so.
  4. Put a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water and add the 200g of dark chocolate and orange juice to the bowl. Keep a gentle heat under the saucepan to keep the water hot.
  5. Leave the chocolate to melt into the orange juice and don't get tempted to stir it until it's all melted, otherwise the chocolate can separate.
  6. In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese and sugar with a spoon until it's well mixed.
  7. Add the double cream to the mixture and mix well.
  8. Next stir in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each one.
  9. The chocolate should have melted by now, so mix it well in the bowl over the pan of water until it's smooth.
  10. Add the melted chocolate to the cheese mixture and stir well.
  11. Pour over the biscuit mixture and put in the oven.
  12. Add a dish or roasting tin of boiling water to the oven to keep the air nice and moist.
  13. Bake for an hour or until the center of the cheesecake has just gone soft.
  14. Leave to cool for a couple of hours and then place in the fridge for another few hours.
  15. Garnish with the chocolate orange segments and the grated chocolate.
 
Serves 8 to 10.

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