Chocolate ginger cheesecake
Rich Harris whips up a rich and indulgent chocolate cheesecake, with a twist of ginger flavour in the biscuit base.
Recipe - Serves: 8-10
400g Philadelphia soft cheese
100g caster sugar
60g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra to grease
180g ginger nut biscuits
225g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
200ml double cream
50g white chocolate, roughly chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Beat together the soft cheese and sugar and set aside to come to room temperature. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm springform cake tin. Seal the biscuits in a food bag and bash with a rolling pin to crumbs, then stir into the melted butter. Press into the base of the tin and bake for 5-10 minutes, until crisp; set aside to cool.
2. Meanwhile, melt the dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Set aside until quite cool but still liquid. Whisk the cream to soft peaks, then fold in the cooled chocolate. Fold in the cheese mix, then spoon on top of the biscuit base and chill for at least 2 hours.
3. Carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin. Melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Drizzle over the top of the cheesecake and chill briefly to set.
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