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Two cheesecakes!!

One is a "Standard" New York Cheesecake, the other is with chocolate & almonds.

When a recipe says "600gr cream-cheese" I use part Cottage Cheese, part Ricotta (or Mascarpone) and part "ordinary" cream cheese, like unflavoured Philadelphia or something.

For both cakes, crush 120gr digestives (each) and mix with 125gr (each) melted butter. Make the base by patting the mixture down into a greased spring-form tin. Place the tins in the fridge to firm-up.

For the New York Cheesecake, mix up the three cheeses, 120gr castor sugar, lemon rind, orange rind, sour cream and lemon juice in the mixer till thick and creamy.
Add two whole eggs, one at a time while the whizzer's still whizzing.
Pour into the tin.

For the chocolate job, I hacked-up a bar of that 70% Swiss stuff with a big handful of almonds, added the three cheeses, sugar and the juice of an orange whisked until nicely mixed, added the 2 eggs and poured it into the tin with the biscuit base. A few almonds sprinkled over the top and both tins went in the oven (180 degrees C) for an hour and a quarter.
After the oven goes "ping", do nothing!
Leave them in there to cool down, for at least an hour, then on the windowsill until cooled enough to go in the fridge.
The longer they're in the fridge the better (within reason) at least overnight, 24 hrs is better, a couple of days is best.

I'll put a topping of sour cream/lemon juice/sugar on the New Yorker tomorrow and back in the fridge overnight.
The Chocolate job will probably get a coating of chocolate/cream, not sure yet.

These are for Sunday,
it's my birthday.
I've not invited anyone,
all this cake is for meMEmeME!
;-)
3rd Apr 2009, 12:47  

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Euphro says:

Wow, it all looks and sounds absolutely delicious. I hope you have a great day on Sunday :)

3rd Apr 2009, 13:06

well done that man, the whole purpose of cake is SELF indulgence. Pig out, and happy birthday for Sunday!

3rd Apr 2009, 13:35

cariadus says:

Happy birthday for Sunday. Shame you're not sharing though because they look delicious. You haven't got any jobs coming up driving to Wales have you? :)

3rd Apr 2009, 13:50

JokerXL says:

Cheers guys.
This stuff is about a million calories a slice.
Anyone within two day's travel distance should come help.

Cariadus, yes, quite often down Cardiff/Swansea/Caerphilly/Newport way, but the cheesecake will definitely not make it that far west. That's about a five hour drive from whichever North Sea port and there's no way I'd be able to keep the fridge shut that long.
;-)
Drop me an Email, I'll send you my UK mobile #

3rd Apr 2009, 15:40

cariadus says:

Not if it means no cheesecake :(

Just kidding: I'll send email in a mo.
I'm in Barry, just down the road from Cardiff.

3rd Apr 2009, 20:35

Caine says:

Delish. Happy Birthday, Joker!

4th Apr 2009, 17:32

Mike says:

-stares at cakes-

see you soon :D

5th Apr 2009, 12:12