Chocolate Cheesecake with Berries

Serves 10-12 Prep Time 15 minutes  
by Tenina Holder

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I love a challenge...but hey, this was no challenge!! I have been doing a little bit of work with Brownes Dairy and they asked me to come up with some recipes showcasing their cream range as they have re-branded (isn't it simply beautiful packaging?)

Thickened cream was on the list, and it wasn't long before I was dreaming up a chocolate cheesecake, using a couple of my other fave pantry items, Callebaut chocolate and Heilala vanilla bean paste (both available in my store). It was tough, but I had to make this twice, just to be sure. Oh the things I have to do sometimes in the name of getting it right.

You will love this one, too easy. Go on...get it done.

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Need

  • Base
  • 250 Grams pkg chocolate biscuits
  • 100 Grams Butter melted
  • Cheesecake
  • 250 Grams Chocolate dark callets BUY
  • 300 Grams Brownes thickened cream
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Bean Paste BUY
  • 1.5 Tablespoon powdered gelatin
  • 50 Grams water, room temperature
  • 500 Grams cream cheese (full fat)
  • 50 Grams dark (I used Cacao Barry Extra Brut cocoa, it is DIVINE)
  • 250 Grams strawberries, sliced for garnish
  • a little grated chocolate for garnish
  • micro mint leaves for garnish

Do

1  

To make the base place the biscuits into the Thermomix bowl and mill *10 sec/speed 10. Add melted butter through the hole in the lid and blend 20 sec/speed 6. Stop and scrape down sides of bowl if needed.

2  

Line the base of a 18-20cm spring form tin and press the biscuit mixture into the base and up the sides as well as you can. Rustic is fine! Refrigerate.

3  

Without cleaning the Thermomix bowl, place the chocolate, vanilla bean paste and 100g of the thickened cream into the bowl and melt 5 min/50°C/speed 1. Stop and scrape down if needed making sure all of the chocolate is melted.

4  

Meanwhile, bloom the gelatin in the water, stirring gently to combine. Set aside.

5  

Add the cream cheese and cocoa as well as remaining cream and blend 10 sec/speed 6. Scrape down sides of bowl.

6  

Add the bloomed gelatin and blend again 20 sec/speed 6.

7  

Spread this mixture into the chilled base and return to the fridge until solid.

8  

Garnish as desired and serve with more thickened cream if you wish.

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