Which wonders of the food world make you salivate at the mere thought of them? For me, it’s a good pizza, a slice of bougatsa, Japanese curry, Cajun shrimp, souvlaki or egg and chips- probably all served on separate plates, but not necessarily.
For my favourite little food guinea pig (N), it’s likely that white chocolate cheesecake will make the list. Alongside blondies, white chocolate cheesecake is one of my few creations that provokes such an excited reaction from her. I always have white chocolate and cream cheese on hand in case there’s trouble at the ranch.
Perhaps there are wives or husbands across the world right now, preparing a favourite meal for their spouse: a tasty cushion to soften the blow of some bad news, an apology for dessert. Perhaps there are families gathered around their go-to dish for particular events. Does anyone else have an “In case of emergency eat this” dish?
I’m happy to report that I’ve not needed to break the glass on the emergency white chocolate for a long time. In fact, it’s been over a year since the cake has made an appearance (and even then, it was to brighten up a rainy weekend). Time then to share with you that most precious of recipes: the recipe that puts smiles on me and my dearest no matter what. Her smile for the cheesecake, mine for her smile. “For goodness sake! He’s supposed to be writing about food! What’s is he playing at?” Relax, here’s the oh-so easy recipe. Enjoy.
White chocolate cheesecake
300g cream cheese
200g white chocolate
175g digestive biscuits
100g caster sugar
120g butter (melted)
60ml double cream
1 tspoon cinnamon
1 tspoon vanilla extract
Begin by crushing the biscuits and stirring in the melted butter and cinnamon. Press the biscuits into the base of an eight inch round cake tin and place in the fridge for at least thirty minutes.
Next, use an electric whisk to combine all of the sugar, vanilla, cream cheese and cream in a bowl. Melt the white chocolate gently over a pan of hot water and blend into the cream cheese mixture.
Tip the mixture onto the biscuit base and spread evenly using a plastic spatula. Place the cake in the fridge for an hour or more to make it firm and easier to cut. You can now decorate it in any way you wish, but I’ll be honest, I never get as far as that stage.