Baked Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

I had some friends over for dinner recently and I relish the chance to cook for people so I planned a three course meal. I wanted to make things that I could prepare in advance, so that while my friends were there I could concentrate on good conversation and enjoying the night. So I started with a butternut squash soup, which I could easily prepare in advance and heat up to serve. The recipe I used was fromΒ BBC Good Food, but I omitted the chilli and added an extra garlic clove. It was delicious! Something I will definitely make again. For the main course I homemade some chicken kievs and served them alongside sweet potato wedges and salad. Again, I prepared this in advance and simply popped them into the oven whilst my guests enjoyed their soup. For dessert I decide a baked chocolate orange cheesecake would be perfect as I could make it the day before and serve it up without any hassle on the night.

 

To make the cheesecake, I started by crushing the digestive biscuits in a bowl with the end of a rolling pin. You can also whizz them into crumbs using a food processor if you have one.

Then I melted the butter in a pan on a low heat.

I mixed the butter and crushed biscuits together and pressed them into the bottom of a 24cm springform cake tin. I made sure they were compact and evenly spread.

In a bowl over some heated water I melted the dark chocolate.

While this was melting I used my food mixer to mix together the cream cheese, eggs and caster sugar. I then added the double cream and mixed again. Finally I added the melted chocolate, orange liquor and the zest and juice of an orange, and mixed until smooth.

I poured the mixture into the tin over the biscuit base and baked on 140C Fan/160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 45 minutes.

Once the baked chocolate orange cheesecake was done I let it cool completely, before putting it in the fridge overnight. The next day I made a chocolate orange buttercream, I piped swirls of it onto the cheesecake and added slices of Terry’s Chocolate Orange to decorate. When my friends were ready for dessert I just took theΒ baked chocolate orange cheesecake out of the fridge and served it straight away! It was so creamy and delicious, with a great orange flavour. Do you have any dinner party cooking tips?

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Baked Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Servings 12

Ingredients

For the base

  • 90 g Butter
  • 150 g Digestive biscuits

For the cheesecake filling

  • 200 g Dark chocolate
  • 400 g Full fat cream cheese
  • 2 Eggs
  • 60 g Caster sugar
  • 200 ml Double cream
  • 1 Orange zested & juiced
  • 2 tbsp Orange liquor

For the buttercream & decoration

  • 60 g Butter
  • 2 tbsp Orange liquor
  • 30 g Cocoa powder
  • 100 g Icing sugar
  • 1 Terry's Chocolate Orange

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 140C Fan/160C/325F/Gas Mark 3

For the base

  1. Crush the digestive biscuits in a bowl with the end of a rolling pin. You can also whizz them into crumbs using a food processor if you have one

  2. Melt the butter in a pan on a low heat

  3. Mix the butter and crushed biscuits together and press them into a 24cm springform cake tin

For the cheesecake filling

  1. In a bowl over some heated water melt the dark chocolate, set aside

  2. Mix together the cream cheese, eggs and caster sugar with a whisk until smooth

  3. Add the double cream and mix it in

  4. Add the melted dark chocolate, orange liquor and the zest and juice of the orange and mix until smooth

  5. Pour the mixture into the tin over the biscuit base and bake for 45 minutes

  6. Let it cool completely, and put in it the fridge to chill

For the buttercream and decoration

  1. Mix the butter, cocoa powder, icing sugar and orange liquor together until smooth

  2. Pipe swirls onto the cheesecake and add slices of Terry's Chocolate Orange to decorate

Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.

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  1. That cheesecake looks the business! Love choc and orange together and the terrys segments really are the icing on the cake. Food for friends – love a slow roast shoulder of lamb or pork that I can shove in the oven and forget about, and a pavlova's always a good pud option for me πŸ™‚

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