This delicious no bake Terry’s chocolate orange cheesecake couldn’t be simpler to make – the hardest part is waiting for it to set so you can dive in!
I originally posted this no bake Terry’s chocolate orange cheesecake on the 1st December 2015. You might have noticed lately that I’ve been updating a few of my old posts with new photographs to give them a fresh new look. The reason I’m doing this is because I have lots of great recipes that I haven’t been promoting because the photos are terrible! I’ve learned a little bit about food photography this year and I’m honestly quite embarrassed at the state of many of the photographs on here. Part of me wants to leave them on, but the other part of me wants to update them all asap! I still have so much to learn about food photography and I honestly had no idea how much there was to it. There are so many factors to take into account when photographing food – for instance lighting, composition, props and styling to name a few!
I was super happy and proud when Foodgawker accepted a few of my pictures a couple of months ago – I know Foodgawker isn’t as huge as it used to be back in the early days of food blogging, but it really felt like maybe some of what I’ve learned is starting to sink in! It’s at least a step up from the days when I used to snap one picture, with the kitchen lights and the camera flash switched on – gaaaahhh! Why didn’t someone take that point and shoot away from me!
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This no bake cheesecake is a very handy recipe to have up your sleeve because it’s quick and hassle free to make and you can prepare it a day or two in advance – just wrap a layer of cling film over the cheesecake and pop it in the fridge to chill until you need it. I wouldn’t decorate it until the day you are planning to eat it, but that doesn’t take longer than 5 or 10 minutes. If you don’t like chocolate orange, you can simply omit the orange zest and use whatever chocolate bar you like – it’s gorgeous with Mars Bars, Snickers, Galaxy or Bounty bars to name a few – use your favourite chocolate and make the recipe your own!
If you have a browse around my blog you might be forgiven for thinking that I have a thing for chocolate orange…and you would be correct! I also have recipes for no bake chocolate orange traybake, chocolate orange hot cross buns and chocolate orange panettone bread pudding. Look deeper into the archives and you may just find a few more chocolate orange inspired recipes that are serious need of updating!
Decorated with softly whipped cream, Terry’s chocolate orange segments and sprinkles of your choice will turn this delicious cheesecake into a showstopper of a dessert!
- 150 g butter
- 300 g chocolate digestives crushed to fine crumbs
- 500 g full fat cream cheese
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 75 g icing sugar
- Finely grated zest of one large orange
- 200 ml double cream
- 1 Terry's Chocolate Orange, chopped into small pieces
- 150 ml Double Cream
- 1 Terrys chocolate orange
- Melted chocolate and/or sprinkles of your choice/orange zest for decoration optional
Melt the butter in a saucepan and tip in the crushed biscuits. Stir until the biscuits are completely coated in butter and resemble damp sand.
Tip into a 20cm loose bottomed cake tin and press down evenly. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
For the filling, whip together the cream cheese, vanilla, icing sugar and orange zest.
In a separate bowl, lightly whip the double cream to very soft peaks.
Fold the cream into the cream cheese mixture. Chop one of the chocolate oranges into small pieces and fold into the cheesecake mixture.
Pour the cheesecake filling over the biscuit base. Pop back in the fridge to set for at least 8 hours or overnight.
The last time I made this I only lasted 3 hours before cutting...needless to say it wasn't set properly! It was still delicious but a little runny. Ideally you need to leave it in the fridge for at least 8 hours.
When the cheesecake is set and you are ready to serve it, decorate with the reserved chocolate orange segments, melted chocolate or any sprinkles that take your fancy!
You could use the mini Terry's chocolate orange segments instead of a whole chocolate orange, if you like.
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