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White chocolate cheesecake

White chocolate cheesecake

This is a classic to rival even Lindy's world-famous cheesecakes in New York. A dark chocolate crumb base topped with a rich and creamy white chocolate filling. The orange and lemon zests, along with the slight saltiness of the cream cheese give a real tang to avoid any cloying.

  • Serves: 12

What you need:

For the base

  • 2 tablespoons Divine cocoa
  • 75g unsalted butter, melted
  • 150g digestives, crushed
  • 50g caster sugar

For the filling

  • 2 x 100g bars Divine white chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 600g good quality cream cheese
  • 75g caster sugar
  • grated zest of 1/2 unwaxed orange
  • grated zest and juice of 1/2 unwaxed lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 large free range eggs

To finish

  • Divine plain chocolate shavings or cocoa
  • 23cm springclip tin, greased and base-lined, set on a baking tray

What you do:

  1. Heat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2.
  2. Make the base first: mix the cocoa with the melted butter then stir in the biscuit crumbs and the sugar. When thoroughly combined tip the mixture into the tin and, using the back of a spoon, press firmly onto the base and about 2cm up the sides. Chill until needed.
  3. Break up the white chocolate and melt gently with the water. Remove the bowl from the heat, stir gently and leave to cool until needed.
  4. Put the cream cheese, sugar, orange zest, lemon juice and zest, vanilla and eggs into the bowl of a food processor.
  5. Run the machine until the mixture is very smooth, scraping down the sides from time to time. Add the melted chocolate and run the machine until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into the chilled base, then set the tin (on the baking tray) into the heated oven and bake for 40 minutes. Once cooked turn off the oven but do not remove the cheesecake and leave to cool for an hour. Then remove the tin, leave to cool completely then cover and chill overnight.
  6. When ready to serve, run a round-bladed knife inside the tin to loosen the cheesecake then unclip the tin. Decorate with plain chocolate shavings or dust with cocoa.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within 4 days.

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