Saturday, 30 January 2010

Baked Chocolate Cheesecake
with a Chocolate Crumb Base


For the base

200g dark chocolate digestive biscuits, crushed
50g butter
2 tbsp icing sugar

Melt the butter and mix it with the biscuit crumbs and icing sugar. Press it over the base of a loose bottom cake tin and place in the fridge to set.


200g cream cheese
3tbsp cocoa powder
60g caster sugar
1 egg
150ml double cream
75g dark chocolate, at least containing 70% cocoa solids, melted
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
75g grated chocolate to decorate


Pre-heat the oven to 200C 400f gas mark 6

Reduce the oven temperature to 180C 350f gas mark 4

Beat the cheese, cocoa powder, sugar and egg until smooth, stir in the cream. Fold the cooled chocolate and orange zest into the mixture and transfer to the biscuit base. Bake for 20 minutes until just set, then leave to cool.

Decorate with grated chocolate and icing sugar

Serve with chilled double cream.

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