Recipe

White chocolate cheesecake

This baked white chocolate cheesecake uses sour cream to make it creamy with a slight tartness that goes beautifully with a chocolate biscuit base.

  • 1 hr 20 mins cooking plus cooling and refrigeration time
  • Serves 12
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White chocolate cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 180 g white chocolate, chopped finely
  • 250 g sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 1 kg cream cheese, softened, chopped
  • ½ cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 4 eggs separated
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar, extra
  • fresh berries and white chocolate curls, to decorate
Chocolate biscuit base
  • 80 g dark or milk chocolate, chopped finely
  • 40 g butter, chopped
  • 250 g chocolate ripple biscuits

Method

  • 1
    Place chocolate in a small heatproof bowl, spoon over sour cream. Microwave on high power (100%) for 2 minutes, stirring halfway. Whisk until smooth; add vanilla bean paste. Cool to room temperature.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 150°C (130°C fan-forced). Grease a 25cm springform pan; invert base. Line the side of the pan with baking paper.
Chocolate biscuit base
  • 3
    Combine chocolate and butter in a medium bowl; microwave on medium (50%) power for 60 seconds. Stir until smooth. In a food processor, process the biscuits until fine crumbs. Add to dark chocolate mixture in bowl, stir to combine. Press the biscuit mixture over base firmly.
  • 4
    Beat cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl of an electric mixer for about 5 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating until just combined between additions. Beat in white chocolate mixture.
  • 5
    Beat the egg whites in a small bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add the extra sugar, beating until dissolved. With a large balloon whisk, fold the egg white mixture into cream cheese mixture.
  • 6
    Bake for 40 minutes or until top is set but the middle still has a wobble. Turn off the oven and cool with the door open. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  • 7
    To serve, decorate the cheesecake with berries and chocolate curls.

Notes

Cheesecake suitable to freeze. Chocolate suitable to microwave.

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