Thursday, July 31, 2014

Salted caramel & oreo cheesecake

This was a birthday cake baked at the last minute as I was not feeling well over the weekend. I've planned to bake this cheesecake long ago and I was even hesitating to present it as a belated birthday cake. Unfortunately I was not able to attend the birthday dinner on Sat and was lying down in bed most of the time. Thankfully I was slightly well enough to do up the cake on the actual day. Happy Birthday T! I will get a "make-up" dinner after-all.

Ingredients/ Method:

6 pieces of digestive biscuits (about 80g)
40g butter, softened

500g cream cheese, at room temperature
30g caster sugar
20g cornflour, sieved
200ml whipping cream
3 eggs, lightly beaten

A: zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp vanilla essence
9 pcs of oreo cookies, roughly crushed

B: 75g salted caramel dark chocolate, melted
1 tbsp cocoa powder, sieved

Chocolate ganache
100g dark chocolate bar (I used 85% cacao) 
25g butter
50g whipping cream
1/3 cup whipping cream, whipped with 1/2 tbsp powder sugar
mini oreo cookies
salted caramel dark chocolate 

1. For base, crush the biscuits and mixed well with the butter. Press onto 7' loose base tin. Put into fridge until ready to use. Wrap outer tin with aluminium foil.
2. Preheat oven at 140 deg C.
3. Beat cream cheese, sugar and cornflour until smooth and creamy. Add in whipping cream. Lastly, add in eggs. Divide mixtue into 2 portions.
4. Stir ingredient (A) into one portion of cream cheese. Pour onto base and steam bake for 30 mins.
5. Stir ingredient (B) into one portion of cream cheese. Pour onto oreo layer which has baked through. Steam bake for another 30 mins.
6. Turn off oven and leave cake in oven with door closed for 30 mins.
7. Remove cake from oven and leave to cool completely. 
8. Melt dark chocolate bar, butter and whipping cream. Pour onto the chocolate cheese layer.
8. Cover cake and chill for at least 6 hours or overnight.
9. Remove cake from tin. Decorate as desired.

P.s The chocolate ganache is slightly too hard and should add more whipping cream the next time. The 85% dark chocolate is too bitter for most of them, to use a "sweeter" chocolate the next time.

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