White Chocolate and Honeycomb Cheesecake

Gizzi's Kitchen Magic
From the book Gizzi's Kitchen Magic
By Gizzi Erskine
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This is officially the cheesecake to beat all cheesecakes. I made this cake for one of my friends and dressed it with shards of white chocolate and blood-red and black roses. It looked (and tasted) tremendous.

Makes 12 slices
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 3 h
Total time: 3 h 15 min

Ingredients

85ml melted butter, plus extra for greasing
200g ginger biscuits, whizzed to fine crumbs in a food processor
1 tbsp golden caster sugar
For the filling:
3 x 300g packs of full-fat cream cheese (Philadelphia is good)
250g golden caster sugar
3 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large free-range eggs
1 free-range egg yolk
284ml carton of soured cream
300g white chocolate, melted
3 Crunchie bars, trimmed of their chocolate and chopped into pieces

Essential kit

You will need a 23cm springform cake tin and a food processor.

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas 3. Line the base of a 23cm springform cake tin with parchment paper. For the biscuit base, stir the melted butter into the biscuit crumbs and sugar until evenly mixed. Press the mixture into the base of the tin and bake for 10 minutes. Leave to cool while you prepare the filling.

Increase the oven temperature to 200°C/gas 6. In a food processor beat the cream cheese at medium low speed until creamy, then gradually add the sugar, flour and vanilla extract.

Whisk in the eggs and yolk, one at a time. Add the soured cream and the melted white chocolate and whisk to blend, but don’t over-beat. The batter should be smooth, light and a little airy.

Pour into a mixing bowl and stir in the chopped Crunchie bars.

Brush the insides of the springform tin with melted butter and place it on a baking sheet. Pour in the filling and bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 110°C/gas ¼ and bake for a further 25 minutes, or until the filling wobbles slightly when you gently shake the tin. When it has reached this point, turn off the oven and either open the oven door for a cheesecake that’s creamy in the centre, or leave it closed if you prefer a drier texture. Either way, leave it to cool in the oven for 2 hours. The cheesecake may crack slightly on top as it cools.

Cover loosely with foil and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, run a round-bladed knife around the inside of the tin to loosen any stuck edges. Unlock the side of the tin, slide the cheesecake on to a plate, and very carefully slide the parchment paper out from underneath before serving.

Why not try:

Remove the chocolate and the Crunchie bars and you’ve got a great classic New York baked cheesecake.

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