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DARK CHOCOLATE AMARULA AND OREO CHEESECAKE

November 18, 2010
Amarula Dark Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake! It has an appealing ring to it doesn’t it? Anything with the words Amarula and dark chocolate in the same sentence has to be totally hedonistic and an absolute delight to all the senses!

This is a long overdue posting. I vowed to myself after my last blog post that I would not allow so much time to slip by before I posted again. In fact I made a pact with myself that I would start posting and publishing regularly…but unfortunately that didn’t happen so here I am…sneaking in a bit red-faced and embarrassed but nontheless……here I am. In fact my only redeeming quality right now is the recipe that I am about to tell you all about. You are going to love me all over again after this. Unless of course you are on a diet….as I am……and in that case…….HATE AWAY!! I cannot keep this amazing Amarula Dark Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake to myself any longer. Let me tell you a bit about how I came to make this delightful cheesecake ..

You just have to love twitter some days…in fact I love it every day that I get there! I find it so very entertaining and also enlightening. I learn a lot from twitter and some days I just flat out laugh out loud at the antics that some folk get up to. But other days, when I do manage to find the time to open up my tweetdeck, I come across absolute gems – like the lead-up to that risotto and this cheesecake. Sarah Duff , online photojournalist and food editor for Getaway (what a job!!!) tweets the most amazing foodie gems in between all her travel and “make you so jealous” tweets and about 2 months ago I saw a tweet flash onto my screen with a link to an amazing cheesecake that she had baked. Now, I am a fridge (no-bake) cheesecake queen!  I have made gazillions of the things for coffee shops and private clients. But I have always shied away from the baked kind. But this one just grabbed my attention so much that I decided that it would be the way to break the baked cheesecake drought in my house. Am I ever glad that I did. My family love me again…I am the world’s best mother in law (I kid you not!) and my son in law (who had his birthday on Sunday) ordered this rather than his regular annual choice of my death by chocolate cake after he tasted the cheesecake that I made just before we went on holiday…yes, the husband and I have been away on holiday too since I last posted! Am I forgiven now??  Anyway, to tell you just how much he loves my Amarula Dark Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake (and me 🙂 ) he came to me at the end of the party on Sunday, wiping chocolate crumbs from his chin and lips, and declared that if he were to die then he would be the happiest man for all eternity HAHA! Being browniegirl, my penchant is to take recipes and “pimp” them a bit to my own liking. This one didn’t need any changing for it to be absolutely perfect! But fiddle I did. You can find the original Sarah Duff version here and here is my version for you all to enjoy!

COLLEENS AMARULA & DARK CHOCOLATE BAKED CHEESECAKE

200g Oreo biscuits (or use your own preference)

20g NoMU Cocoa Powder

100g Butter – melted

250g creamed cheese – I used Lancewood Superior

250g Mascarpone Cheese

1 tin condensed milk

1 Lemon – juice only

4 Eggs – seperated

100g 85% dark Chocolate

100g NoMU Hot Chocolate Chunks

200ml Amarula Crème Liqueur

125g Castor Sugar 

5mls NoMU Vanilla Paste

Preheat oven to 180 deg C. Place a cake pan of boiling water onto the bottom shelf of the oven. This will stop the cake from cracking too much.

Spray the insides and base of a 23cm deep, loose bottomed springform pan with cooking spray. Line the base with baking parment. Wrap a piece of aluminum foil tightly around the outside bottom of the pan so that it comes up around the sides (this stops any leakage out onto the bottom of the oven during baking)

Crush the biscuits together with the cocoa until the biscuits are fine, then mix well with the melted butter. Press down into the base of the prepared pan. Compress and smooth the crumbs with the back of a spoon. Pop the pan into the fridge while you make the filling.

Roughly chop up the dark chocolate and melt it in a glass bowl, together with the chocolate chunks, in the microwave on 50% power for a minute or two. Take it out halfway through and stir it. Set aside until needed

Beat the egg yolks, half the sugar, the condensed milk, cream cheese, mascarpone, vanilla, lemon juice and Amarula together well.

Fold the melted chocolate into the egg mixture. It will start thickening.

 Beat the egg whites until foamy, add the rest of the sugar and beat until soft peaks form.

Gently fold egg whites into the chocolate cheese mixture with a spatula or wooden spoon.

Pour all onto the prepared chilled crust

Bake, on the middle shelf of the oven, for 30 – 40 minutes. The cheesecake must still be a bit wobbly in the middle

Switch the oven off and open the oven door. Leave the cheesecake to cool down completely in the oven. Remove the cheesecake briefly from the oven and run a thin metal spatula all around the sides to loosen it from the pan and thereby stop more cracking as it cools and pulls away from the sides of the pan. This cake souffles a bit as it bakes so it is normal for it to sag back down in the centre and crack a bit.  

Serve at room temperature dusted liberally with icing sugar and some berries and ice cream

 

Happy birthday boys.......

My grandson Ty shares a birthday with his daddy. His choice of cake this year was an army tank cake. Here is my masterpiece  attempt at recreating his cake of choice:

Army Tank Cake

Seeing as Thursday is already dying I wish you all a wonderful weekend ahead.

browniegirl xx

32 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2010 7:00 PM

    It looks amazing Coll, and the family look so happy!

    • November 19, 2010 3:36 AM

      Hello Cindy. I see you on Sunshine’s blog too LOL! We are such trusty readers hey?

    • December 5, 2010 1:09 AM

      Thank you Cindy….was such a lovely day. And the cheesecake was a massive hit with everyone…xx

  2. November 18, 2010 7:10 PM

    Awesome, O Captain, my Captain! Missed you!! Come see what I made… 🙂 xxx

    • December 5, 2010 1:08 AM

      Thank you Jo…..my special groupie. I am so very impressed with what you made. You make me so proud 😉 xx

  3. November 18, 2010 9:19 PM

    how can the man turn down your death by chocolate?

    • December 5, 2010 1:07 AM

      Next time you visit I will have to make this one for you then you can compare the two of them 🙂 Thanx Mel….I do prefer the death by choccie one personally xx

  4. November 18, 2010 9:32 PM

    it looks absolutely amazing! Lucky family of yours 😉

  5. November 19, 2010 3:36 AM

    Looks amazing as always Browniegirl. Love the family pic too.

    • December 5, 2010 1:05 AM

      Thank you Beadz….and also for the faithful visits. Much appreciated xx

  6. November 19, 2010 1:33 PM

    I love the cheesecake! But I must say, that soldier cake takes me right back to my toddler days – we simply could not wait to get our themed birthday cakes each year! You have done amazingly with this one, Colly! x

    • December 4, 2010 4:43 PM

      Thanx darlin, that tank cake darn near killed me LOL! Lots of work goes into a themed cake. Hugs and hope the new job is going well xx

  7. November 19, 2010 6:32 PM

    The tank cake looks amazing. well done!

  8. November 21, 2010 5:01 PM

    Ooh boy – now I know why I avoid foodie blogs – can’t wait to try it out. Thanks, Col. xxx

    • December 4, 2010 4:41 PM

      Oh Adee, its good to see you. I will have to start putting some hohum food on here for you teehee….hugs and thanx for the pop-in…do try this…now during the festive season when there are others around to finish it off 🙂 xx

  9. November 22, 2010 3:33 PM

    Fantastic looking cheesecake! I used the same recipe for TheHusband’s 30th birthday bash and needless to say, it was a winner on that occasion too. 🙂

    • December 4, 2010 4:40 PM

      Thanx Marisa….its a fab recipe….I’ve just tried it with rum and it is delish! xx

  10. November 23, 2010 3:48 AM

    That ingredient list just gets better and better!!! Absolutely fantastic!!! Cheesecake is my fav – I need a good excuse to make this!

    • December 4, 2010 4:39 PM

      Oh I don’t know….any old excuse is good enough. Heck NO excuse is good enough for this. Thank you so much, enjoy when you do make it. And thanx for the visit 🙂 xx

  11. November 27, 2010 2:44 PM

    Hmmm… cheesecake is awesome! Looks yum!

  12. November 29, 2010 8:27 AM

    Oh my – I would do some damage to get my hands on this cheesecake!
    You have a lovely family, Brownie.

    • December 4, 2010 4:38 PM

      Thank you so much Madmom, I have a strong suspicion that you have just such a lovely family hehe. Ask that special dort of yours to make this. It’s really easy and she will manage to do it. xx

  13. Supa permalink
    December 4, 2010 1:54 PM

    I have to try this one soon, it sounds and looks wonderful!

    • December 4, 2010 4:37 PM

      Thanx Supa, I have just made it as an order for someone’s 50th….totally delicious and really comes out well each time…Enjoy! xx

  14. December 12, 2010 9:01 AM

    Whoa, I’m filled with love and awe for your cheesecake! And that army tank birthday cake by the way. Such clever use of licorice.

    • December 31, 2010 7:43 AM

      Thank you Emma for those kind words. The cheesecake is a worthy one to make and it has become a favorite in my family. The army tank cake was seriously appreciated by my little grandson and his friends. And delicious as well….even all the liqorice disappeared :o) xx

  15. December 17, 2010 1:40 PM

    Yay! You are back! And what a cake! Funny thing, up close, it doesn’t look like cheesecake at all and it looks much lighter than cheesecake which is good as far as I am concerned. Ditto the chocolate. I also love that you use mascarpone which I think keeps the cake rich yet allows for the chocolate flavor to come through better. Gorgeous cake, Colleen, and beautiful photo! You are one great mom and grandmom!

    • December 31, 2010 7:46 AM

      Thank you so much Jamie, so appreciate your words. It IS a lighter than most baked cheesecake cheesecake 🙂 And it is all good! And yes, using the mascarpone did do that little thing for the chocolate! YUM! I think I might just head into the kitchen to make one for our celebration of the new year tonight! It should go well with the champers that I have just put on ice 🙂 xx

  16. January 7, 2011 12:43 AM

    O my, it sounds wonderful!

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