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Christmas Cheesecake

This is the Christmas Cheesecake Mary Berry taught in one of Great British Baking Off’ Masterclasses. Here we recommend fresh ginger if you don’t feel like using “stem ginger”. Fresh ginger it’s also nice and brings up a freshness that taste a bit like lemon, anise and more. People will keep asking what’s in there?

This cheesecake could become your absolute substitute for Christmas pudding from now on. Kids love it, it’s an absolute hit, easy to decorate and fun to assemble!

Ingredients
For the base

50g butter
25g dark chocolate
150g  biscuits/graham crackers (crushed)

For the filling
300g white chocolate, drops or a bar broken into pieces
400g full fat cream cheese
150ml sour cream
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 balls stem ginger, finely chopped or 4 tbsp fresh ginger

For the decoration
150g plain chocolate, melted
300ml double cream
25g marzipan
red food coloring
icing sugar for dusting

Procedure

-Preheat oven to 350F
-Grease and line the base of a 20cm/8” deep spring form cake tin with parchment paper
-Melt butter and chocolate in small saucepan over a low heat. Stir in crushed biscuits and press evenly over the base of the tin
– Chill in the fridge
-Break the white chocolate into a bowl and melt very gently over a pan of hot water (do not allow the chocolate to become too hot), stir occasionally with a spoon until runny and smooth.
-Whisk the cream cheese and soured cream together in a large bowl until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until completely smooth with no lumps.
-Stir in the melted chocolate and mix together. Fold in the chopped ginger and mix together
-Pour in the tin and spread evenly over the chilled base. Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes until firm around the edge and just set in the middle. Remove from the oven
-Using a small palette knife run the knife around the edge of the tin and then allow to cool and chill
-For the decoration, spoon the chocolate into a small piping bag fitted with a size 2 writing nozzle
-Pipe 11 small chocolate holly leaf shapes down 2 strips of baking parchment. Place the strips of parchment paper over 2 rolling pins (so they have a slight curl when they set), or rolls of cling film or foil and secure with elastic bands on the end, to prevent them slipping off.
-Lay the rolling pins on the base of an empty egg box to prevent them rolling
– Leave the chocolate leaves to set
-Using the red food coloring, color the marzipan bright red.
-Dust your hands with icing sugar and roll the marzipan into 27 small holly berries
-Remove the outside ring of the cheesecake and lift the base onto serving plate
-Whip the cream to soft peaks and spoon into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle. Pipe 8 rosettes around the top edge of the cheesecake and 1 rosette in the middle
-Place one chocolate holly leaf and 3 holly berries on each cream rosette around the edge of the cheesecake and place 3 chocolate holly leaves and 3 marzipan berries on the cream rosette on the center
-Place one chocolate holly leaf and 3 holly berries on each cream rosette around the edge of the cheesecake and place 3 chocolate holly leaves and 3 marzipan berries on the cream rosette on the center

Enjoy!

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