I have made this cheesecake quite a few times. I had never made a baked cheesecake before and was a little daunted by the idea. Unbaked cheesecake is hard enough (I hate working with gelatin).
The base on the cheesecake is really quite lovely. It is a mixture of digestive biscuits, coconut and butter. I find if you prepare the base in the Thermomix you don’t need to melt the butter. I just process it all together and it comes out beautifully.
I use the Thermomix to mix the filling and find that by doing this I can melt the chocolate in the bowl, add the cream gradually to cool the chocolate and then add the cream cheese, sugar and eggs. Ordering the ingredients like this reduces the amount of washing up.
Berries are spread over the biscuit base before the filling. I have always used frozen berries and they work well. The last time I made this I used black currants that I had ordered from a farm Tasmania. Delicious!
The cheesecake is cooked in the oven for 1.5 hours. The first time I made this I wasn’t sure how to tell if a cheesecake was cooked so I had to Google it. Apparently the secret is that the cheesecake should jiggle slightly at the end of baking time. When the baking time is complete the oven should be turned off and the cheesecake should be left in the oven with the door ajar until the cheesecake is cool enough to put into the fridge overnight.
White Chocolate Cheesecake ratings:
Zombie Daddy – 10/10
Zombie Son 1.0 – 10/10
Zombie Son 2.0 – 10/10
Zombie Son 3.0 – He ate it
Zombie Mummy – 10/10
The Zombie Daddy requested this cheesecake as his birthday cake a few weeks ago and Zombie son 2.0 requested a chocolate cheesecake. So I made this cheesecake for my husband and then a few weeks later I made an unbaked triple chocolate cheesecake. The unbaked cheesecake was fiddly. The gelatin went lumpy. The texture wasn’t as smooth and creamy as the baked cheesecake and it felt heavy in the stomach. It was so much effort and such a let down in comparison to this baked recipe that I will probably only make the White Chocolate Cheesecake from now on.
This cheesecake is very delicious. I have served it at a dinner party where the quests commented that after hearing of the proposed dinner menu, one was wishing for baked and the other for unbaked as their preference. The both remarked that they were both surprised and extremely satisfied with this cheesecake. It was creamy enough to suit the person that preferred the unbaked cheesecake but still had the required texture to satisfy the other.
The cheesecake is large enough to share with the neighbours and still have enough left for the next day. The neighbours have always enjoyed this cheesecake and request the recipe. The last time I made this cheesecake I offered some to the lady across the road. Her husband had gone into hospital suddenly. I appeared at her door and when she answered I exclaimed “You need this!” It was lovely to see her smile while under obvious distress.
Make this cheesecake and give some of it to someone that needs to smile.