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Cheesecake with a chocolate crust |

cheesecakeBaked cheesecakes have been irresistible to me since I first had a slice in New York 24 years ago and this recipe, which has a chocolate biscuit base and creamy texture that includes condensed milk is just what the doctor ordered when you need a distraction.

What you need

1 packet chocolate digestive biscuits
100g butter melted
3 cups cream cheese
2 tins condensed milk (Nestle)
125ml lemon juice (from a bottle is just fine)
4 tablespoons custard powder
2 tablespoons vanilla essence
250ml whipping cream

The process

Crumble the biscuits into a bowl, pour in the melted butter and mix together.

Pour the mixture into a spring form cake tin and press down firmly, covering the base with an even layer about 1cm thick.

In a bowl whip the cream to a firm consistency and set aside.

In another bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and combine until they are uniformly mixed. Then add the whipped cream and fold it in gently with a metal spoon to distribute evenly.

Pour the whole lot into the tin, smooth the top and bake in the middle of a 180 Celsius oven for ½ an hour.

Remove from the oven and allow it to cool. Take a knife and run it around the edge before releasing sides of the tin.

That’s it, serve with a fruit coulis or cream or both!

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35 Responses to “Cheesecake with a chocolate crust”

  1. Natalie says:

    Hi there

    Can I make this the night before? And leave in the fridge overnight? Thank you

  2. Razena says:

    Hi Graham

    Have you ever made a cheesecake base using ginger biscuits?

    I saw this recipe today after finding my ginger cookies were a packet full of crumbs and wondering about a recipe I could use it for.

    • Graham says:

      Hi Razena, sorry for the late reply. I have used ginger biscuits and it is great. Remember that they are a pretty strong flavour so you should mix them in with some plain base biscuits like Marie’s. Happy days G

  3. Andrea wood says:

    I made these in little cupcake size for the school faimly dance night at our school..50 at a time… Well I have 50 people wanting the recipe… love it I have now been asked to make them for the fete and the year 3 disco… lucky me.. Thanks for the best recipe ever I will be making them alot I think..
    Regards Andrea

    • Graham says:

      WOW, that is so wonderful to hear looks like you have your hands full for a while. 😉 I sense a business opportunity for you or are you like me and get the greatest pleasure from hearing how much people enjoyed? Delicious days G

  4. dikie says:

    have tried this recipe and its the best baked cheesecake i ever ate. thank u and i will try more of your recipes.they r simple and am sure they will make me the best mom in the whole world

  5. Greg M. says:

    This is one great recipe for me! You know why? I love… correction.. OUR family both love chocolate and cheese! And your recipe has that perfect combination! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  6. Di says:

    Hi Graham

    Thanks for this recipe – our whole family just love cheesecake, so I had to try this one.

    Just one question – is the cooking time correct? After baking and cooling, when I removed the springform tin, my whole cheesecake fell apart.

    Can it be baked in a square oven-proof dish instead of using springform tin?

    thanks for all the delicious recipes – so glad I found this website.

    • Graham says:

      Hi Di, soory for the late reply, been in Cape Town for a few days… hot, hot, hot. It should hold it’s shape if completely cooled and a little time in the fridge can only do it some good. With hot weather like we are having it may be a little loose.

      Making it in a dish works brilliantly, have done it a few times. G

      • Di says:

        Thanks Graham.

        I will try it again, and cool in fridge before removing tin. But maybe will try baking it in square dish.

        Thanks for all the delicious recipes.


    • Hi Graham,

      My sister who lives in Cape Town cannot open the recipes in your cookbook. Their email is keith.karsten@gov.za, I sent the website to her, but she was unable to open your page

      • Graham says:

        Hi Norma, Thanks for letting me know.. can’t imagine why she can’t open it though unless she has an international bandwidth cap. I have had to move the hosting to Germany as it uses up 60-70Gigs of bandwidth a month and costing a fortune. Cheers for now G

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