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Cherry Coconut Cheesecake with chocolate crackle base

Cherry Coconut Cheesecake with chocolate crackle base

INGREDIENTS Chocolate Crackle Base 60g (1/4 cup) Copha, chopped 60g dark chocolate, chopped 80g (½ cup) icing sugar mixture, sifted 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 50g (1 2/3 cup) Kellogg’s Rice Bubbles 20g (1/3 cup) desiccated coconut Cheesecake Filling 300g (1 ½ cups) cherries, pitted and halved 60ml (1/4 cup) water 160g (1 cup) icing sugar mixture, sifted 500g cream cheese, chopped and softened 270ml can coconut cream 3 teaspoons powdered gelatine Choc-Cherry Topping 100g dark chocolate, chopped 20g (1 tablespoon) Copha 12 cherries, extra

METHOD Chocolate Crackle Base 1. Grease and line the base and sides of 22cm spring form cake tin. In a large bowl, combine together the chocolate and Copha. Place bowl over a pot of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted. Remove from heat. 2. Place the icing sugar, cocoa powder, rice bubbles and coconut in a large bowl, add the Copha mixture and mix to combine. Press into the base of the tin and put in the fridge to set for 10 minutes. Cheesecake Filling 1. Place cherries, sugar, water in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil and cook for 4 minutes, to soften. Remove from the heat and cool slightly for 5 minutes. Using a stick blender, blend until smooth. 2. Sprinkle over the gelatine and set aside for 5 minutes to dissolve. Mix until smooth. Set aside. 3. Place cream cheese in large bowl and using hand held beaters, beat for 4 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the coconut cream and beat for 4 minutes, or until light and smooth. Strain the cherry mixture through a sieve and gradually add to the cream cheese mixture. Stir to combine. Pour over the base and put in the fridge to set for 1 hour. Choc-Cherry Topping 1. In a medium heatproof bowl, combine together the chocolate and Copha. Place bowl over a pot of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted. Remove from heat. 2. Half dip the cherries in the chocolate, place on baking paper and refrigerate for 2 minutes to set. 3. Remove cheesecake from tin and drizzle with chocolate mixture. Top with cherries to serve.

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