I had some friends over for dinner recently and I relish the chance to cook for people so I planned a three course meal. I wanted to make things that I could prepare in advance, so that while my friends were there I could concentrate on good conversation and enjoying the night. I started with a butternut squash soup, which I could easily prepare in advance and heat up to serve. I used this recipe, I omitted the chilli and added an extra garlic clove. It was delicious! I will definitely make this again. For the main course I homemade some chicken kievs and served them alongside sweet potato wedges and salad. Again, I prepared this in advance and simply popped into the oven whilst my guests enjoyed their soup. For desert I decide a cheesecake would be perfect as I could make it the day before and serve it up without any hassle on the night.
I started by crushing 150g digestive biscuits in a bowl with the end of a rolling pin. You can also whizz them into crumbs using a food processor if you have one.
I melted 90g butter in a pan on a low heat, and greased and lined the bottom of a 24cm springform cake tin.
I mixed the butter and crushed biscuits together and pressed them into the cake tin. I made sure they were compact and evenly spread.
In a bowl over some heated water I melted 200g dark chocolate.
While this was melting I used my food mixer to mix together 400g cream cheese, 2 eggs and 60g caster sugar. I then added 200ml double cream and mixed again. Finally I added the melted chocolate, 2 tbsp orange liquor and the zest and juice of 1 orange and mixed until smooth.
I poured the mixture into the tin over the biscuit base and baked on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 45 minutes.
When the cheesecake was baked I let it cool completely, before putting it in the fridge overnight. The next day I made a chocolate buttercream using 60g butter, 30g cocoa powder, 100g icing sugar and 2 tbsp orange liquor. I piped swirls onto the cheesecake and added a slice of Terry's Chocolate Orange to decorate.
When my friends were ready for desert I just took this out of the fridge and served it straight away! It was so creamy and delicious, with a great orange flavour. Do you have any dinner party cooking tips?
Baked Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
- 150g Digestive biscuits
- 150g Butter
- 200g Dark chocolate
- 400g Cream cheese
- 2 Eggs
- 60g Caster sugar
- 200ml Double cream
- 4 tbsp Orange liquor
- 1 Orange
- 30g Cocoa powder
- 100g Icing sugar
- 1 Terry's Chocolate Orange
Crush the digestive biscuits in a bowl with the end of a rolling pin. You can also whizz them into crumbs using a food processor if you have oneMelt 90g of the butter in a pan on a low heatMix the butter and crushed biscuits together and pressed them into a greased and lined 24cm springform cake tinIn a bowl over some heated water melt the dark chocolateMix together the cream cheese, eggs and caster sugar. Then add the double cream and mix again. Then add the melted dark chocolate, 2 tbsp of the orange liquor and the zest and juice of the orange and mix until smoothPour the mixture into the tin over the biscuit base and bake on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 45 minutesLet it cool completely, and put in the fridge to chill. To make the chocolate buttercream mix 60g of the butter, cocoa powder, icing sugar and 2 tbsp of the orange liquor. Pipe swirls onto the cheesecake and add slices of Terry's Chocolate Orange to decorate
Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.