Easy Chocolate Orange Cheesecake Recipe – This cheesebake makes a wonderful alternative for Christmas, although it is great any time of year! It is incredibly rich but it is delicious and such a great combination of flavours.
Serves: 10-12 slices, you don’t need much!
Preparation: 20 minutes
Baking: 40 minutes in the oven, 1 hour with the oven switched off, and another hour to cool
Tin required: 1 x 23cm spring form tin
300g/11oz chocolate digestive biscuits, crushed
85g/3oz unsalted butter, melted. Plus a little un-melted butter for greasing
600g/21oz full fat cream cheese
2 tbsp cocoa powder, sieved
50ml/2fl oz double cream
85g/3oz caster sugar
2 medium eggs
Zest and juice of 1 medium orange
150g/5oz melted milk chocolate
Preheat your oven to 160c (140c for fan assisted)/325f/gas mark 3. Line and grease a 23cm spring form tin.
Place your chocolate biscuits into a plastic container and using the end of a rolling pin, crush them. Try not to let them get to a pwder consistency but dont leave large pieces of biscuit, so somewhere in between.
Pour your biscuit mixture into your prepared tin and using the back of a dessert spoon or your knuckles, push the biscuit into the bottom of the tin until the base is covered and the mixture is compacted. Place it in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
Place your cheesecake in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Then turn the oven off but leave the cheesecake in the oven for another hour. There is no need to leave the door open, just keep it shut. After an hour, remove the cheesecake from the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool completely. The cheesecake will have turned darker and it will be coming away from the sides of the tin slightly.
Place your plate of swirly chocolate in the fridge and leave it to harden. Once this has happened, remove it from the fridge, gently pull it away from the parchment/greaseproof paper and break into cunky pieces.
Remove your cheesecake from the fridge and as you are using a springform tin you can just remove the sides and serve it on the base. Now scatter your milk chocolate swirls over the top of the cheesecake.