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Chocolate and Orange Cheesecake

It’s tradition in our house that Santa puts a Terry’s Chocolate Orange in our stockings Christmas morning.  And, to be honest, it’s the only time of year that I have one.  Some have the family now prefer the darker version.  I still like the milk version.  So when I was browsing through my cookery emails (BBC Good Food) I spied this little beauty, and had to try it.

Terry's chocolate orange

Terry’s chocolate orange

I’ve adjusted the recipe as the original doesn’t make a big enough dessert, I’ve also used Chocolate Orange Digestives in the base, for an extra kick of chocolate AND orange.

Chocolate and Orange Cheesecake

Ingredients:

300g Chocolate Orange Digestives

140g melted butter

400g soft cream cheese (I use Philadelphia)

350ml cream

200g icing sugar

2 Terry’s Chocolate Oranges

Method:

Crush the biscuits and mix well with the melted butter to make the base.  Press this into a loose ring cake tin (8”) and leave to set in the fridge.

Meanwhile melt 1 1/5 of the chocolate oranges and set aside.  As an aside, we do not have a microwave, so I always give a warning if melting chocolate in the microwave- it’s SO EASY to burn.

Whip together the cream cheese and the icing sugar.  In a separate bowl whip the cream until soft peaks form.  Add this to the cream cheese mix, and fold gently but well until completely combined.

At this stage I move some of this mix into the “cream” bowl.  Then add the melted chocolate into the main mixture.  This gets mixed well, and then I swirl the “cream” bowl mix through to give a fancy pattern!

Then carefully add the whole lot onto the cold biscuit base.  Refrigerate until set, approx. 5 hours.

Remove carefully from the tin, pipe some freshly whipped cream onto it and decorate with the extra orange pieces.

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

As we move into another season…

The elderflowers are finally finished, but we eagerly await the berries, and I always feel that when the elderflowers are gone, that the summer is coming to an end.  But then we head to the fruit cage to see what’s ripe…

Yellow Raspberry

 

The yellow raspberries are really just for eating as there are not enough, not so the gooseberries, which are now ready to pick-

Gooseberries nearly falling off the bush

Gooseberries nearly falling off the bush

We picked almost 4 kilos, and have made jam (email me if you want to buy a jar!).  The rest possibly frozen, although I did make one sneaky pie.

Mini tart ready for the oven

Mini tart ready for the oven

And now we are patiently waiting on the redcurrants and blackcurrants so we can make cordial.  Can’t wait.  I can almost hear the Vitamin C growing as I type.  The first thing my father in law always makes is redcurrant cheesecake, and this years first one was pretty damned good.

Redcurrant Cheesecake

Redcurrant Cheesecake

And soon we’ll have tomatoes to look forward to.  I LOVE homegrown tomatoes

Tomatoes- nearly ready!

Tomatoes- nearly ready!

“You stand out like a strawberry in a bowl of peas”

My grandmother always said this to me, and I remember often putting s strawberry in the bowl of peas I had just shelled with her to see what I looked like!

The first strawberries from our tunnel

The first strawberries from our tunnel

This week saw us picking the first of the strawberries from our tunnel.  Mind you the outside patch is coming on.  And before we know it we’ll be knee deep in strawberry jam/ soup/ cake/ buns/ tart….

And that’s a good thing.  But at this present moment in time, our strawberries are very precious, and a little “unique” in terms of colour and shape.  So for the two cakes I was making, I decided to buy some Irish Strawberries, (Keelings- not sponsored- promise!).

Strawberry cake prep

Strawberry cake prep

Both cakes were similar in flavour and composition,

Strawberry cake with cheesecake filling

Strawberry cake with cheesecake filling

except one had a chocolate top.

Strawberry Cake, with a ganache top

Strawberry Cake, with a ganache top

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