I was forced to choose, I’d probably say cheesecake is my favourite dessert (with ice cream a very close second).
Chocolate cheesecake though, not a fan at all. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always preferred plain cheesecake with a fruity topping – chocolate cheesecake just never seems to be as good.
Unlike me, the friendly pony likes everything better if there’s chocolate involved, which is how I ended up making this chocolate orange cheesecake.
As chocolate cheesecakes go, it was probably the best I’ve had – the texture was certainly spot on, and it was good enough for me to have several slices!
The recipe could also be easily adapted to other flavours – the original recipe suggests coffee, I think a mint version could work well too… So this will definitely be my go-to chocolate cheesecake recipe in the future.
Chocolate orange cheesecake (adapted from Lindt):
- 250g chocolate digestives
- 100g butter, melted
- 575g cream cheese
- 60g double cream
- 200g orange flavoured chocolate (I used a Terry’s chocolate orange and made up the rest of the weight with dark chocolate)
- 130g caster sugar
- 100ml orange juice
- 4 eggs
Blend the digestives in a food processor until they turn into crumbs, then gradually pour the butter in while the mixer is running until the mixture comes together. Press down into the base of a 9″ round springform tin, then leave to chill in the fridge while you make the filling.
Melt the chocolate in a saucepan with the orange juice over a low heat, then set aside to cool. Beat together the cream cheese and sugar until no lumps remain, then add in the cream and eggs. Fold in the chocolate orange mixture, then pour into the prepared tin and bake at 120 degrees for about an hour and a half, or until the cheesecake is set but still has a wobble.
I put a tray filled with water in the bottom of the oven to create steam while the cheesecake is cooking, and leave it to cool in the oven for at least 2 hours before turning out of the tin. Chill overnight before serving.
EDIT – I’ve kindly been asked by Lisa of Sweet as Sugar Cookies to link this to Sweets for a Saturday – an awesome round up of delicious looking cakes and bakes – perfect for ruining the new year’s diet!