Sometimes when L tells me there is something for me to bake for I get excited thinking up different ideas of what to make. Often they start off absolutely ridiculous, like triple flavoured cupcakes. Oh man, is he so sick of cupcakes! Eventually I calm down and think about a couple of things: how many people, any dietary restrictions, what do I feel like making.
Different types of baking invoke different feelings for me. Cupcakes mean I'm in a creative mood, brownies means I've had a stressful week and just want to smother myself in chocolate, cake pops mean I'm procrastinating. Cheesecake though, is for big news (good or bad) and family get togethers.
Last weekend we went to a pot luck with L's's family and we were on a dessert and a salad. Which really means I was on a dessert and a salad... Cheesecake seemed like the perfect thing.
I have to admit, I was incredibly pessimistic when making this. I don't know if I've ever come up with my own cheesecake recipe before and I didn't do a trial run. But it worked out absolutely fine! I would probably not bother with the caster sugar though as it would have been sweet enough without it.
250g chocolate Oreos
2 Tbsp melted butter
1 Tbsp gelatine
½ cup strong, warm coffee
500g cream cheese
½ cup caster sugar (you can omit this)
1 cup dark chocolate buttons
1 cup milk chocolate buttons
1 ¼ cups cream
Line a springform tin with baking paper on the bottom and either baking paper or glad wrap around the sides.
Crush Oreos until they resemble fine crumbs. Stir through the melted butter well. Press the cookie crumbs into the bottom of your tin. Press the crumbs down until it compacts. Place in the freezer.
Sprinkle the gelatine over the coffee and leave to start to gel.
Beat the cream cheese and caster sugar together until the sugar crystals are dissolved.
Melt the chocolate together and allow to cool slightly.
Set the cream cheese to beat on low. Slowly pour in the gelatine coffee, cream, and melted chocolate as it beats. Do this slowly to avoid creating a mess! Continue to beat until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
Pour the mix over the oreo base and smooth the top. Place the cheesecake in the fridge and chill for a minimum of 4 hours.
Remove from the tin about 10 minutes before serving. Drizzle with some extra melted chocolate to decorate.
What do you like to make for family events?
xo Kirste Isabel