30 December 2013

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

This year, the unenviable task of cooking Christmas Dinner for the family went to my brother, who bravely volunteered his services. Since I plan to avoid this responsibility for, well, the rest of my life, I figured it would only be polite to make a bit of effort and offer to bring over a dessert (nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that I don't like the sweet options that were available - I mean, does anyone really like Christmas Pudding?!)

Chocolate Oranges seem synonymous with Christmas - I can't be the only one who has received at least one of these a year for as long as I can remember - so I figured something chocolatey and orangey would be a great place to start for a Christmassy Dessert and found this super easy looking recipe for a Chocolate Orange Cheesecake that I thought would go down a treat!


christmas dessert ideas

16 Hobnobs
120g Butter

Terry's Chocolate Orange! 
200g Cream Cheese
180ml Double Cream
100g Icing Sugar

To make the base:

simple dessert recipe

Chuck all the biscuits in a bowl (It should be plain hobnobs but I could only find chocolatey ones in the supermarket, honest!), and scrunch them up good and proper with a rolling pin of other such crushy device. Once you've got them all finely smushed, add the (melted) butter and mix up into a buttery biscuity goo. Cover the bottom of your tin or bowl or whatever you are using with the goo and pop in the fridge to set. 

To make the filling:

what can I do with a terrys chocolate orange?

In one bowl, whip up your cream 'til it's all thick and peaky. In another, melt down your chocolate orange (you can either use the whole thing, or keep a bit back to decorate, or, if it's Christmas morning and you have about 6 of the things in the house, do a bit of both). Add the melted chocolate to the cream and give it all a good mix. 

In a seperate bowl, whisk together the cream cheese and icing sugar. Add the creamy chocolatey stuff to this and mix it altogether. The spread as evenly as you can on your should-be-set-by-now hobnob base. 

simple chocolate cheesecake

If you managed to salvage any of the chocolate orange earlier, you can decorate the cheesecake by either placing the segments on top or by grating and sprinkling the leftover bits of chocolate. Then just take it round tot he house of whoever is feeding you and, after dinner of course, chuck yourself in! 

chocolate orange cheesecake recipe

I'll admit my filling bit was possibly a bit sloppier than is ideal, but I'll also admit to not doing a particular thorough job with weighing ingredients as opposed to pouring out rough approximations (in my defence it was Christmas morning and you don't want to know what time the little guys dragged me out of bed!), so I'm sure a little more care could have sorted that right out but it was only a minor texture issue, taste-wise this was bang-on! 

What do you normally have for Christmas dessert? Any other good ideas for next year? 


  1. Oh wow Kel this looks totally yummy, me and Emma are doing a carrot cake tomorrow which seems rather boring now lol

  2. I have 3 choc oranges! - Defs making this tomorrow, oh my nom!

    Kerys | Little Bo Blab

    1. Yes you so should! Let me know how it goes if you do :)

  3. Looks AMAZING :D



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