White Chocolate Cheesecake

Resource from: Mary Berry 

This wintry white chocolate cheesecake is perfect for jazzing up the dessert selection at Christmas.

If you want to make life a little easier for yourself you can simply grate chocolate on top of the cheesecake instead of making the decorations.


For the base:
- 40g butter
- 25g plain chocolate
- 150g digestive biscuits, crushed

For the filling:
- 200g white chocolate, chopped into pieces
- 400g full-fat cream cheese
- 150g sour cream
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the decoration:
- 70g plain chocolate, melted

Preparation method:
Preheat the oven to 170C. Grease the base of a 20cm springform cake tin with butter, then line with a cricle of baking parchment.
For the base, melt the butter and chocolate in small saucepan over a low heat. Stir in the crushed biscuits.
Transfer the base mixture to the cake tin and, using your fingers, press down until it completely covers the bottom of the cake tin in an even layer. Chill in the fridge until needed.
For the filling, suspend a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water (do not allow the base of the bowl to touch the water). Add the white chocolate to the bowl and melt until runny and smooth, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
In a large bowl, whisk the cream cheese and soured cream together until smooth and well combined. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract until completely smooth, then stir in the melted white chocolate until well combined.
Pour the filling mixture on top of the chilled base and level the top using a palette knife. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until firm around the edge and just set in the middle.
Remove the cheesecake from the oven and rest for 10 minutes, then run a small blunt knife around the inside edge of the cake tin. Set aside until the cheesecake has completely cooled in the tin, then chill in the fridge.
For the decoration, lay two strips of baking parchment on a work surface. Spoon the melted chocolate into a small piping bag fitted with a size-two writing nozzle and pipe eleven small chocolate holly leaf shapes onto the baking parchment strips (five on one, six on the other).
How to pipe chocolate decorations  
Then allow the chocolate leaves to cool and set.
Arrange chocolate holly leaves on top of the cheesecake.

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