This year I have discovered a passion for baking and so I have been trying to make something new at least once a week. Creating a cake or a loaf of bread from scratch is one of the most satisfying things for me! It makes me feel creative and productive! And it also makes my boyfriend happy!
A few weeks ago I was at a house party and my friend asked me to help her making a chocolate cheesecake. She’s a great cook but she was swamped finishing 5 different dishes for our dinner! Of course, I was very happy to help and make my first ever cheesecake!
We decided to make a baked cheesecake because it’s quicker than the normal type (doesn’t have to stay in the fridge for hours!).
* Bourbon biscuits
* 50g butter
* 150g chocolate
* 750g mascarpone
* 125g sugar
* 2 tbsp cornflour
* 3 large eggs, beaten
* 100g milk and white chocolate, melted (for decoration)
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the cookies in a strong plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Tip the crumbs into a large bowl and stir in the melted butter until evenly mixed.
Place the crumb mixture in the cake tin and press down firmly with the back of a spoon and chill for 5-10 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until smooth, then set aside until cooled but still liquid.
Place the mascarpone, sugar and cornflour in a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk until smooth. Whisk in the cooled chocolate and eggs, then spoon into the tin. Level the surface, place on a baking sheet and cook for 50 minutes.
Turn off the oven, open the door and leave the cheesecake to cool down.
Spread the melted milk chocolate evenly over the cake. Place the melted white chocolate into a piping bag, and pipe lines over the chocolate covered cake.
With a toothpick, draw lines across the cake, first one direction, then the other; this creates the feathered cake decoration.
Adapted from this recipe.
*Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy S.