His hard work was all in vain once the gelatine was added. I remember tasting his masterpiece and trying to smile politely as I chewed through big chunks of rubbery jelly pieces of plain gelatine that had set and not blended into the cream cheese mix. I think the gelatine process is where all fridge-set cheesecakes reach their fork in the road - either go in the bin or in the fridge!
I have made a few baked cheesecakes and feel more confidant with them but after I made this fridge-set cheesecake I was impressed by my efforts if I do say so myself. As listed in the recipe the cream cheese mix only contains orange rind but to give it a little more flavour I added orange segment pieces throughout the mix and also added some extra rind in the biscuit base for that extra citrus kick. I think using the "light" (low fat) cream cheese made it light and fluffy so it melted in your mouth. You could use passion fruit, limes, lemons, pineapple, peaches, blueberries.......my mouth is now watering! I think a lime one maybe my next time, how about you? What's your favourite or fail-safe cheesecake flavour combo?
You will need:
250g plain sweet biscuits
125g unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon gelatine
finely grated rind and juice of 1 orange
500g light cream cheese
1/2 cup caster sugar
150g white chocolate , melted and cooled
300ml thickened cream, softly whipped
4 oranges, peeled, segmented
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
Line base of a 22cm springform tin with baking paper.
Put biscuits in a food processor and process until crumbs form.
Pour boiling water into a heatproof jug, sprinkle over gelatine and stir with a fork until dissolved. Microwave on high for a further 30 and stir until completely dissolved. Let cool.
Put orange rind and juice, cream cheese and sugar in food processor. Process until smooth.
Add chocolate . Process until combined.
Transfer to a bowl and fold in cream and gelatine mixture. Pour into biscuit base and return to fridge for 3-4 hours, or overnight if time permits, until set.
Put orange in a medium bowl. Add vanilla and toss to combine.
Serve wedges of cheesecake with vanilla orange.