Gingerbread Cheesecake

Happy Thursday all ! Today’s recipe is Gingerbread Cheesecake with Chocolate Swirls. It’s rich, creamy and super indulgent – exactly what we need for the festive season or what we wish for. 🙂 And it’s so aromatic, with a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. For me, this is the smell  of Christmas. 🙂 I absolutely love these spices, and it seems I use them quite often over the festive period. And of course, you could not not make some gingerbread men cookies. We still haven’t done these, but it’s on my to cook list. On the other side, my little helper helped me to make indulgent chocolate and pistachio cups and Christmas cupcakes. I’m not sure whether she enjoyed more the cooking and decorating process or the testing. 🙂 Either way, it’s always fun to cook with your little one, isn’t it. 🙂 Stay tuned for more Festive recipes coming your way very soon. 🙂

 

Gingerbread Cheesecake

Oh, and I forgot to mention, this is a no bake cheesecake (as most of my cheesecake recipes) so it’s really simple to make, it only requires refrigerating for a few hours. I don’t think I’ve actually done many cheesecake recipes that require baking. There are probably not any on my blog, now that I think about it. Do you bake your cheesecakes? 🙂 I love all these no baking recipes, they’re just make everything quicker and easier so wherever possible, I ‘cheat’ a bit. 🙂

Gingerbread Cheesecake

I was thinking to add some salted caramel on top but at the last minute changed it to milk chocolate swirls. Both versions are delicious, I guess I was feeling more chocolatey that day. 🙂 Let me tell you about these chocolate swirls – they are so soft and creamy and taste like pure heaven. I used lots of double cream and chocolate to make them, and I made the quite big as you can see, but this made this Gingerbread Cheesecake divine.

I should warn you, this is definitely not light and guilt free, but it’s not Christmas everyday. And a small piece of this amazing Gingerbread Cheesecake won’t do any harm, or may be two small pieces. 🙂

Gingerbread Cheesecake

Here’s what you need for this No Bake Festive Cheesecake.

Gingerbread Cheesecake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep time:
Total time:
Ingredients
  • 300g ginger biscuits, crushed
  • 300g cream cheese
  • 2 cups double cream
  • 150g butter, melted
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 2tsp ginger
  • 1tsp cloves
  • 1tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Combine the ginger biscuits with melted butter and layer them in a baking tray.
  2. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, half of the double cream and spices. Mix well.
  3. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the biscuit layer.
  4. To make the chocolate swirls – beat the cream until thick, melt the chocolate and add to the cream. Mix well.
  5. Use a piping bag to make the swirls.

Tip: If you wish, you can use some gingerbread men cookies or sugar canes to decorate the cheesecake, or any other edible Christmas decoration. I’ve used all of mine so I didn’t have any on that  day but it’ll look lovely, I’m sure.

Gingerbread Cheesecake

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Happy Monday guys! I feel I’m a little behind with my pumpkin recipes this year but that needs to be changed. To start with, I made this amazing Pumpkin Cheesecake but, take a note of this, with a real pumpkin. Not that the ones in tins are not real What I mean is, instead of buying tinned pumpkin puree (which to be honest I haven’t seen here in the UK) I used my own pumpkin. Well, the only thing I had to do is to cook it and puree it. And I think the cheesecake actually tastes lighter this way and you can actually tell there’s a pumpkin mixed in there.

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This Pumpkin Cheesecake does not require any baking. I decided against using eggs and baking the cheesecake to make my life easier. Plus, to be honest, it was already late at night and I really wanted to et to bed and Netflix:-)

However, you need to leave it to rest in the fridge for a few hours, overnight is perfect. And be careful, mine started melting quickly, so don’t take it out of the fridge unless you’re gonna eat it.

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I also added some chocolate on top, kind of attempted marbling it too. Dark chocolate is the best with pumpkin, but milk chocolate tastes good too(because all chocolate is just divine) I used the second one, simply because that’s what I had in my kitchen cupboard and was in the middle of making the cheesecake. That reminds me, I need to restock my kitchen cupboard.

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To sum up, this Pumpkin Cheesecake is like most of the cheesecakes recipes I’ve made, the only difference, there’s a pumpkin whipped in and of course, it tastes like pumpkin, autumn, cinnamon, Halloween and everything orange and pumpkin you can think of:-)

Here’s what you need for this amazingly simple and delicious cheesecake.

Ingredients:

  • 300g digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 150g butter, melted
  • 300g pumpkin, cooked
  • 400g cream cheese
  • 200ml double cream
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp cloves
  • 200g milk chocolate, melted

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Preparation:

  1. Combine the biscuits with butter and layer them on a springform cake tin covering the bottom with baking paper in advance.
  2. Whip the cream, cream cheese, pumpkin and seasoning together. Make sure to mix well.
  3. Pour over the biscuit layer and even the surface. Add the melted chocolate on top and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours.

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not try some of these pumpkin recipes next time:

Pumpkin & Honey Cheesecake

The Ultimate Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin & Lentil Cheesy Bake

Pumpkin & Shrimp Soup

Succulent Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin & Spinach Terrine Bread

Pumpkin & Feta Cheese Muffins

Wow! Now that I look above, it seems I’ve got quite a few pumpkin recipes! And all of them are quick and easy and taste divine. However, there are still so many other pumpkin recipes I’d like to make so stay tuned for these! Meanwhile. get your own pumpkin, carve it and keep the meat to make one of the above recipes:-)

Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Happy Friday all! It’s become a tradition to post a sweet treat for the weekend so here it is – Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes. Trust me, these are absolutely delicious and a real treat. I love how they combine cheesecake and a cupcake in one perfect bite. Isn’t that amazing? 🙂

I’ve been thinking about a raspberry cheesecake but at the same time wanted to kind of twist it and make it a bit different. And because of my love for cheesecakes and cupcakes, here’s the result – Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes. The ingredients are almost the same as for the cheesecake apart from the eggs. And there’s a bit of baking involved (usually I make my cheesecakes without baking). The result is super yummy, fruity and rich cupcakes or shall I say cheesecake cupcakes, not really sure how to call them.

And, of course, these were so simple to make, I’ll be definitely making them a lot, may be even trying some other flavours!

Here’s what you need for these Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes.

Ingredients:

  • 500g/1lb Mascarpone
  • 200g/7oz fresh raspberries
  • 300g/10z digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 150g/5oz butter, melted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 1tbsp flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1tsp vanilla

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. Combine the biscuits with melted butter and layer them in a greased muffin tray(make sure you only put as much as to cover the bottom).
  3. In a bowl, combine the mascarpone, sour cream, eggs, sugar, flour and vanilla. Mix until the consistency is smooth enough.
  4. Place 3-4 raspberries and then add the cheesecake mixture on top.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.
  6. Decorate with some extra raspberries and powder sugar on top, if wished.

Tip: Why not try adding some white chocolate into the cheesecake mixture? Or milk or dark, the one you love most, really. 🙂 That would make these bites pure indulgence!

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake Bites

Happy Friday! Today’s recipe – Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake Bites! The weekend is nearly here and for those of you who’d like a treat, this is the perfect recipe – indulgent chocolate & fresh raspberries…yum…

It’s quite similar to the Raspberry & Basil Chocolate Ganache Bites which you can find here – Basil Chocolate & Fresh Raspberries Ganache Cake but different at the same time.

There’s a crunchy biscuit layer, cheesecake layer and then the chocolate ganache layer. It is delicious! And it’s a great way to use the summer berries!

Here’s what you need.

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake Bites

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake Bites

Ingredients

  • 200g fresh raspberries
  • 300gdigestive biscuits, crushed
  • 400g mascarpone
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 2tbsp powder sugar
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 1 cup double cream

Instructions

  1. In a bowl combine the biscuits and butter and layer them in a baking tray. Refrigerate.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the mascarpone, sour cream, powder sugar and raspberries. Mix well.
  3. Spread the cheesecake mixture on top of the biscuits layer.
  4. Finally, make the chocolate ganache, using the bain marie method, gently melt the chocolate and the add the cream. Leave on a side to cool down.
  5. Add the chocolate ganache on top of the cheesecake and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  6. Cut into small bites when serving.
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Enjoy!

Tip: I love the combination of white chocolate and raspberries, so next time why not try making white chocolate ganache instead!