Celebration Cheesecake

Don’t be fooled by it’s appearance this baked vanilla cheesecake is actually quite simple to pull off. It’s so creamy and delicious and the decorations are what give this dessert it’s wow factor!

 

Serves 8

Ingredients:

70g unsalted butter
12 digestive biscuits
600g cream cheese
2 tablespoons plain flour
175g caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs 
1 large egg yolk 
150 ml  soured cream
100g milk chocolate (chopped into small pieces)
80 ml double cream
1 pkt Galaxy golden eggs
250g fresh raspberries
200g *Chocolate Curls
 
You will also need a 20cm springform cake tin, lightly greased.

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180c/350f/Gas mark 4.
Melt the butter in a small pan or in the microwave. Crush the biscuits in a food processor and tip into a bowl. Add the melted butter and mix to thoroughly combine. Press the buttery crumbs into the base and slightly up the sides of the springform tin in an even layer and bake on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool while you prepare the filling. 

Beat the cream cheese until smooth, add the flour, sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, yolk, and the soured cream and beat until pale and light.  Carefully pour into the tin and spread level.  Place on a baking tray and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 30 minutes until only just set.

Leave to cool in the tin before popping in the fridge for 24 hours.
 
Bring the cream to the boil, cool for a couple of minutes before, pouring over the the chopped chocolate, stir until the chocolate is melted, well combined and glossy. Leave to cool to room temp.
Remove the cheesecake from the tin and pour the ganache over it, helping it to drip down the sides.
Now decorate with the chocolate curls, golden eggs and fresh raspberries.
*For The chocolate curls, temper 200g milk chocolate then pour onto a sheet of parchment, spread thinly with a palate knife, cover with a second sheet of parchment and wrap around an empty kitchen roll middle, leave till complete set, carefully unwrap and use.
Set and serve straight from the fridge

Original Recipe Taken from Joanne Wheatly :

http://www.josblueaga.com/2017/03/chocolate-raspberry-drip-cheesecake.html

No-Bake Biscoff (Cookie Butter) Cheesecake

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Ingredients:

  • 90 g Biscoff cookie crumbs
  • 60 g  butter melted, 
  • 120 ml cup heavy cream
  • 8 g icing (powdered) sugar
  • 100 g cup sugar
  • 450 g cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Biscoff spread
  • Gold stars and pearls to decorate

Method:

  1. Mix together the cookie crumbs and butter. Press into the bottom of a 18cm spring form cake tin using the bottom of a flass to flatten the mixture evenly. Refrigerate while you prepare the batter.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the cream until it thickens. Slowly add the icing/powdered sugar then beat until stiff peaks form (pull beaters straight up and the peaks should not fall). Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla. Fold in the whipped cream. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  4. Place in the freezer for a couple of hours till slightly set.
  5. In a small microwavable bowl, microwave the Biscoff spread until slightly softened (10-15 seconds). Pour a layer over the cheesecake and sprinkle some gold stars and gold pearls on top. Place in the freezer until completely set this will take quite long so overnight is best.
  6. Place in the fridge a couple of hours before serving to defrost a little.

Recipe adapted from: http://www.askchefdennis.com/no-bake-biscoff-swirl-cheesecake-with-chocolate-moosey/

Mehndi Box

You never know what you are going to pick up at a carboot sale which is where I found this wooden trinket box to decorate. I started out with the bare wooden box  and painted  it a teal colour .Once everything was dry, I piped on the henna and  finally  added the gold glitter. This was the finished product. I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out and I think the gold really  brings everything together.

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