Chocolate and almond cheesecake

    Chocolate and almond cheesecake

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    About this recipe: Almonds and chocolate complement each other beautifully in this rich, baked cheesecake. Best made ahead and chilled until needed.

    Hampshire, England, UK

    Ingredients
    Serves: 8 

    • 150g digestive biscuits (see note at the end of this recipe)
    • 75g butter
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 125g plain chocolate
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 300g cream cheese
    • 25g ground almonds
    • 1 teaspoon almond essence
    • 75ml double cream
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 handful flaked almonds, to decorate

    Method
    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:2hr 

    1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3.
    2. Place the biscuits in a large bowl and beat into fine crumbs using a rolling pin.
    3. Melt the butter and stir in, with 1 tablespoon of the sugar.
    4. Press the mixture into the base of a greased 18cm round loose-bottomed baking tin.
    5. Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa and half the remaining sugar. Leave to cool slightly.
    6. Meanwhile, beat the cheese until light, then gradually beat in the remaining sugar, the ground almonds, almond essence and cream.
    7. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
    8. Gradually add the cheese mixture to the chocolate, beating well with each addition.
    9. Pour onto the base and decorate with the flaked almonds, placing them very lightly on the top so that they don't sink in.
    10. Bake in the preheated oven until set, 45 to 60 minutes. Cool in the tin, and then chill until needed.

    Substitution

    For an even more chocolatey cheesecake, use 150g Oreo® or Bourbon® biscuits instead of digestives for the base, and reduce the butter to 50g. You could also stir in another 25g ground almonds with the biscuit crumbs.

    Tip

    To easily remove a dessert from a loose-bottomed cake tin without risking it falling to pieces, find a bowl that is deeper than the cake tin but with a slightly smaller circumference. Stand the cake tin on top of the bowl, hold it on both sides and pull downwards.

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