Chocolate orange cheesecake

Chocolate orange cheesecake

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins plus cooling and overnight chilling

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Serves 8 - 10

This decadent, make-ahead dessert is perfect for a festive dinner party or buffet, with a zesty cream cheese filling and dark chocolate biscuit base

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving (10)

  • kcal575
  • fat43g
  • saturates26g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre0g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 200g dark chocolate digestive biscuits, roughly broken
  • 75g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

For the filling

  • 4 large eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 x 280g tubs full-fat cream cheese
  • 150ml tub double cream
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • finely grated zest 1½ oranges



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 4 tbsp orange liqueur, such as Cointreau

For the topping

  • 50g orange milk chocolate, grated
    Milk chocolate squares

    Milk chocolate

    mill-k chok-lit

    Milk chocolate is classically made from dark chocolate of low cocoa solid content and a higher…

  • 50g almond milk chocolate, grated
    Milk chocolate squares

    Milk chocolate

    mill-k chok-lit

    Milk chocolate is classically made from dark chocolate of low cocoa solid content and a higher…


  1. Lightly grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin. To make the base, put the biscuits and butter in a food processor, pulse into fine crumbs, then tip into the tin. Spread evenly over the base and press down firmly with the back of a spoon. Put the tin in the freezer and leave to set for 30 mins.

  2. Put a large piece of foil (extra-wide foil if possible) on the work surface, or criss-cross two pieces of small foil. Place the cake tin in the centre of the foil and bring up the sides to create a foil bowl around the cheesecake. Place in a medium-sized roasting tin.

  3. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. To make the filling, put the eggs and egg yolks in a food processor and blitz until well combined. Add the cheese, cream, sugar, orange zest and orange liqueur to the food processor and pulse until only just combined. Pour the cheesecake filling gently onto the chilled base.

  4. Add enough just-boiled water to the roasting tin to rise roughly 2cm up the sides. Carefully place the roasting tin in the centre of the oven and bake for about 1 hr 15 mins. The cheesecake is ready when it is very lightly browned and only just set.

  5. Take out of the oven and sprinkle with the grated chocolate. Leave to cool in the water bath for 15 mins. Lift the cake tin from the water and leave to cool for a further 1 hr. Cover with cling film and chill the cheesecake overnight before serving.

  6. To serve, run a round-bladed knife around the cheesecake and carefully release it from the tin. Using a palette knife, slide the cheesecake onto a flat serving plate or cake stand and cut into wedges to serve.

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27th Nov, 2015
Baked this for a dinner party last weekend and it was delicious. I didn't have dark chocolate digestives so I used plain and mixed in some melted milk and dark chocolate when making the base. I also used soft brown sugar as I didn't have caster and it worked fine. It did take much longer to cook than the recipe said not sure if this was just my oven but it was another 25 minutes before I felt is was set.


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