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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


300g Chocolate Orange Digestives

140g melted butter

400g soft cream cheese (I use Philadelphia)

350ml cream

200g icing sugar

2 Terry’s Chocolate Oranges


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

Chocolate Mince Pies- Why Not??

I like mince pies.  Alot. Too much actually so I’d better dust off the running shoes. I posted this picture of my mince pies on facebook the other night and I got a few requests for the recipe.

I use a pastry that has ground almonds in it as I think it makes it a bit shorter in texture.

My sweet mincemeat recipe I make in bulk, then mix the grated chocolate through it before I assemble the pies.

I got the punch for the top from a great little site called “Not on the High Street” as recommended by my good twitter friend @babaduck.

Pastry: enough for 24 mincepies

275g plain flour

25g ground almonds

175g butter, chilled and cut into cubes

85g caster sugar

1 egg yolk

3 tablespoons of chilled milk

zest of 1 orange


Mix the dry ingredients (flour, almonds, sugar), rub in the butter, mix in the zest, then add the egg and enough milk until is just coming together.  I actually use my mixer for this pastry, once you don’t overmix it’s fine.

Pat it into a round and wrap in greaseproof paper, NOT  clingfilm, and leave to chill in the fridge.


3 cooking apples, roasted whole for 30mins at 180Oc then the flesh removed into a bowl.

75g fresh cranberries

100g each of sultanas, raisins and currants

2 tablespoon each of dark and light brown sugar

1 teaspoon each of ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and mixed spice

zest and juice of 2 lemons and oranges

5 tablespoons of rum or brandy or whiskey or whatever takes your fancy!

50g grated dark chocolate

To Serve: Some freshly whipped organic cream


Place the cranberries in a saucepan with the juice of the lemons and oranges, heat gently until the skins burst.  Tip into the bowl with the apple flesh.

Add all the other ingredients and mix well.  This is best bottled and left for a number of weeks but I have used it immediately too.

For this recipe, I add 50g of grated dark chocolate to enough mincemeat to make 24 mincepies.

To Assemble:

Pre-heat the oven to 200OC.

Grease and flour the tin.

I roll out a little pastry at a time on a floured surface, to approx 5mm thick.  I also regularly flour the cutter so it doesn’t stick.

Only a bare teaspoon of sweet mincemeat is required in each.

I chill the tin of prepared mincepies for 10mins prior to cooking.

Cook for 10mins or until slightly brown. Leave in the tin for 5  ins then cool until required.

I serve with freshly whipped cream that I add a little orange essence too.

Better put the kettle on….

Mince pies ready for the oven

Tea and mince pies, does it get any better?