Creme Egg Cheesecake

Oh my days… I have just found this recipe waiting to be shared… why have i never shared this with you?  Anyway, as Easter is just around the corner I thought you might like it!

CREME EGG CHEESECAKECheesecake

INGREDIENTS

  • 280g Digestive Chocolate Biscuits
  • 140g Butter (Unsalted), melted
  • 560ml Double cream, lightly whipped until it forms soft peaks
  • 140g Icing Sugar, sifted
  • 2 x 280g Tubs of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (Full fat)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 275g Mini Cadbury’s Creme Eggs (about 3 small bags)
  • 3 or 4 Full size Creme Eggs to decorate
  • 60g Milk Chocolate
  • 120g White Chocolate
  • Yellow Food Colouring (see notes below)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Crush the biscuits until they look like lumpy sand. (You can use Manual Food Processor or Food Chopper for this)
  2. Mix with the melted butter and press into your 7″ tin.
  3. Unwrap the mini Creme Eggs and chop them each into quarters.
  4. Combine the whipped cream, icing sugar, cream cheese, lemon juice and chopped mini Creme Eggs. Fold in gently until fully combined.
  5. Smooth on top of the biscuit base and flatten the top with the back of a spoon or a palette knife.
  6. Chill for 3 hours or, even better, over night.
  7. Use the knife tip (below) to remove the cheesecake from the tin.
  8. Melt your milk chocolate in the Double Boiler over a pan of boiling water and allow to cool very slightly before drizzling over the cake in zigzags.
  9. Melt your white chocolate in the same way, drizzle half of it onto the cheesecake.
  10. Colour the white chocolate that is left with a tiny amount of food colour. Add more until you reach a yellow you’re happy with, then drizzle this over too.
  11. (You can prep all of the chocolates, pop them into piping bags and drizzle alternately if you prefer.)
  12. Cut your large Creme Eggs in half and use to decorate the top of the cheesecake

Some tips:

  • Pop the Cadbury’s Creme Eggs in the fridge for an hour or so before cutting, it will make them less gooey.
  • When whipping the cream, be sure to watch it very carefully. It should be just forming soft floppy peaks, but still hold it’s shape. Too runny and the cheesecake will be sloppy, too stiff and it will be too dense.
  • Do sift the icing sugar, it will give a much smoother texture to the cheesecake.
  • I would stick to Philadelphia creme cheese for this (and full fat) it seems more stable than supermarket own brands.
  • Add more lemon juice if you’d prefer a slightly sharper tang.
  • This is the gel food colour used to colour the chocolate: Sugarflair Paste Colour – Egg Yellow
  • Only ever use Gel Food Colour to colour the chocolate. Liquid food colour will make it too thin.
  • Allow the chocolate to cool slightly before drizzling to avoid ‘melting’ the cheesecake. You’ll also get neater lines as slightly cooled chocolate doesn’t spread so easily.
  • For a neater chocolate drizzle, use disposable piping bags for each colour of chocolate. Just snip the end off to pipe.
  • Use a tin with either a springform (the type where the side unclips) or a removable base.
  • Warm a sharp, thin knife under a hot tap and then dry it. Use this to run around the outside of the cake, inside the tin, before removing. Remove the knife and wipe it as you work your way around the cake.
  • The recipe is for a 7″ tin. You can use smaller or larger but your cheesecake will obviously be taller or shorter
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