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Dark Chocolate Cheesecake“Dreams are only dreams until you wake up and make them real.”
Ned Vizzini

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake … life’s guilty pleasures simply served up, or life’s simple pleasures maybe with a little guilt. Whichever way you choose to look at it, this recipe is a winner. The recipe isn’t mine. It’s a recipe created by the super talented Ruchira @ Cookaroo, on the go as she said. She did make everything sound so simple, so matter of fact, that of course I didn’t believe her!

Dark Chocolate CheesecakeThat changed very soon. In fact as soon as I put in the cheesecake to bake, I realised that it was really very S I M P L E. Absolutely fuss free. I changed a few minor things. The base for one as hers has Oreos and I prefer Digestives. No big deal there. Both packaged cookies so no work at all. I threw in some cocoa to make mine a chocolate base. Barely any other change other than using brown sugar for white!

Chocolate on vintage weighing scaleThe other guilty indulgence I added was topping the chilled cheesecake with a dark chocolate ganache as we had folk over for dinner. I wanted it to look special. the ganache and the dusting of cocoa gave it the ‘bells & whistles‘, and some more yumminess of course.

Dark Chocolate CheesecakeThe beautiful thing about the Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, other than the ease of putting it together of course, is that you can bake it a couple of days before you need to serve it. Keep it covered in the fridge in the tin for a day or two. Demold it the day you intend to serve it, top with ganache and you’re good to go. Do remember to thank the Cookaroo if you make this. I’ve thanked her, and so has a reader of my blog, Tania Fothergill, from Tasmania who I shared the recipe with over 3 weeks week ago. It was Tania’s birthday and she really wanted to bake it. Here’s what she said about the cake.

Dark Chocolate CheesecakeHow sweet is that! Thank you Ruchira.

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
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Dark, divine, sinful, creamy, chocolaty and above all, as simple as can be, this Dark Chocolate Cheesecake will leave you wanting for more. Recipe minimally adapted from Ruchira @ thegreatcookaroo.com. You won't need another recipe ever! Can be made 2-3 days ahead of time.
Servings Prep Time
8 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 8 hours
Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
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Dark, divine, sinful, creamy, chocolaty and above all, as simple as can be, this Dark Chocolate Cheesecake will leave you wanting for more. Recipe minimally adapted from Ruchira @ thegreatcookaroo.com. You won't need another recipe ever! Can be made 2-3 days ahead of time.
Servings Prep Time
8 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 8 hours
Ingredients
Biscuit base
Dark Chocolate ​Filling
Ganache
Servings:
Instructions
Biscuit base
  1. Whiz the biscuits, brown sugar and cocoa in food processor until you get a fine meal. Add butter, whiz again to mix. Press into 7-8" loose bottom tin. Chill in the freezer while you get the filling ready, and the oven preheats.
Dark Chocolate Filling
  1. Preheat oven to 160C.
  2. Place all ingredients in bowl of food processor, and blend well to mix, 1-2 minutes on medium speed.
  3. Pour into crust, and bake for an hour.
  4. Cool completely in the oven, then chill covered in the fridge, preferably overnight.
Ganache
  1. Place chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Whisk​ with a balloon whisk​ until smooth. Cool about 30 minutes, then whisk​ again​. Chill until a little f​irm. Whisk once again till glossy and smooth, and holds peaks. Spread over​ chilled cheesecake. Dust with cocoa.​
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Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream
“Don’t sit at home and wait for mango tree to bring mangoes to you wherever you are. It won’t happen.
If you are truly hungry for change, go out of your comfort zone and change the world.”

Israelmore Ayivor

Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream. Light. Fresh. Delicious. Part wholegrain. To make it even better, filled with fresh mangoes swathed in beautifully whipped almond cream. Some things are just better with mango! Mango Dessert CollageSo here’s another last minute mango based dessert to add to the last few mango desserts I shared, while we hang on to the end of the mango season. Just another clutch of days, maybe a week or so, and they’ll be gone.

Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream

Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream However don’t panic if you can’t find some juicy mangoes. I’ve made this to great deliciousness with tinned peaches, fresh strawberries, a coffee whipped cream too {skip the almond maybe go with chopped walnuts}.

Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream
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Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream. Light. Fresh. Delicious. Part wholegrain. To make it even better, filled with fresh mangoes swathed in beautifully whipped almond cream. Some things are just better with mango!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream
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Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream. Light. Fresh. Delicious. Part wholegrain. To make it even better, filled with fresh mangoes swathed in beautifully whipped almond cream. Some things are just better with mango!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Whipped Almond Cream
Servings: people
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 180C and line a Swiss roll tin with baking parchment.
  1. Sift together the almond meal, plain flour, baking powder and salt 2-3 times. Reserve.
  2. In a bowl of the stand mixer, whip the egg with sugar on high speed to stiff peaks.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and almond extract and beat again.
  4. Sift the flour over the beaten mixture and gently fold in.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan, level out.
  6. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until light golden brown and firm to touch. {tent the top with aluminum foil if you think it's getting too brown}
  7. While this is baking, lay out a clean kitchen towel, bigger than the size of the tray, and sift sugar evenly over it.
  8. Once the roll is baked, overturn immediately {very carefully} onto the sugar sifted towel, and gently peel parchment off. Trim the edges if required.
  9. Place a parchment sheet on top, and roll with the towel lengthwise, and leave to cool completely. {The longer side will be the length of the roll}
Whipped Almond Cream
  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Whip with an electric hand blender on the highest speed until thick.
Assembling
  1. Unroll the cooled cake, place on a sheet of parchment. Spread the almond cream filling over it with an offset spatula, leaving a little border right around to avoid the filling oozing out.
  2. Sprinkle over with chopped mangoes.
  3. Now with the help of the parchment paper, roll it right back into a roll, pulling the paper slightly to make a tight roll. Place seam down on cling wrap and chill for a couple of hours. Unwrap gently and lay seam side down on your serving platter.
  4. Sift over with powdered sugar, scatter almond slivers over it.
  5. Slice with a sharp serrated knife and serve!
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Eggless Cheesecake with Mango Lime Sauce

“The only way cheese is dessert is when it’s followed by the word cake.”
Michele Gorman

Eggless Cheesecake with Mango Lime Sauce must be the easiest dessert to make. Minimum fuss, barely four ingredients, one bowl dump and quick hand whisk, can’t ask for much more in a dessert for summer. I make this often, and am constantly amazed at how versatile I can get with it. Even if summer has slipped by, please make the basic cheesecake and dress it up with anything you like – a salted butter caramel sauce, a berry reduction, a dark chocolate ganache, a homemade preserve, maybe grated chocolate and toasted nuts.

Mango Dessert Collage I made a series of mango based desserts this summer. Have been busy with work, some travel, loads of house work etc. Did I mention the guinea pig? Now there are TWO just because they are social animals so a pair seemed right. Then there is Coco who now eats ALL vegetables with renewed interest trying to beat the guinea pigs at their game!

Coco with Guinea PigIn any case, that I procrastinate is quite obvious else this would have been on the blog a while ago. I made this a short while ago, and recently shared the image on Facebook and Instagram. With so many requests for the recipe, I thought I had better share it before summer sneaks by us, while a few of you can still make it.

Eggless Cheesecake with Mango Lime Sauce So here you are. A quick, eggless delicious cheesecake that is a western take on an old Indian classic, ‘bhapa doi’. Make the Eggless Cheesecake with Mango Lime Sauce a day ahead, chill well, and then enjoy the compliments that come your way. Looks like a lot of work, but all this actually needs is half an hour in total. The mango sauce compliments it beautifully, and makes it look pretty too if you ‘dress it up’ a little. I had fun cutting out shapes with a sharp cookie cutter!Eggless cheesecake I’ve baked this several times before. With summer stone fruit, a Mishti Doi Cheesecake for  a festive feel, a Salted Butter Caramel Cheesecake, and a Dark Chocolate Orange Cheesecake too.

Eggless cheesecake with summer stone fruit

Mishti Doi Eggless Baked CheesecakeSo grab your bowl and whisk and get baking!

Eggless Cheesecake with Mango Lime Sauce
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Quick, eggless delicious, the Eggless Cheesecake with Mango Lime Sauce is the Western take on an old Indian classic, 'bhapa doi'. Make it a day ahead, chill well, and then enjoy the compliments that come your way. Looks like a lot of work, but all this actually needs is half an hour in total. The Mango sauce compliments it beautifully, and makes it look pretty too.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2-4 hours
Eggless Cheesecake with Mango Lime Sauce
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Quick, eggless delicious, the Eggless Cheesecake with Mango Lime Sauce is the Western take on an old Indian classic, 'bhapa doi'. Make it a day ahead, chill well, and then enjoy the compliments that come your way. Looks like a lot of work, but all this actually needs is half an hour in total. The Mango sauce compliments it beautifully, and makes it look pretty too.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2-4 hours
Instructions
Eggless Lime Cheesecake
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 6" dessert ring with a double layer of foil to come up around the edges so the mixture doesn't leak. You can also use a loose bottomed tin but make sure you wrap it with foil too.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together all ingredients for cheesecake until smooth.
  3. Turn into prepared tin and bake for 15 minutes. Leave to cool in tin, then cover and place to chill in fridge overnight.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce for topping.
Mango Lime Sauce
  1. Place the mango juice a in a heavy bottom pan with lime zest and sugar, and cook over medium high heat until halved in quantity. {If you like a slight hint of chili, you can add half a slit deseeded green chili for 2-3 minutes, and then discard it}
  2. Once the juice has reduced, add the lime juice and corn flour stirring until it thickens to desired consistency. The sauce will thicken a bit more on cooling.
  3. Cool sauce, and then chill overnight with the cheesecake. {The sauce can be made in advance}
  4. Top with cutouts from mango slices, fresh basil leaves, flowers if in bloom. Chill until ready to serve!
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