Hallowe’en Feast: I Spider’s Web Cheesecake

I’m borrowing this recipe from the Humming Bird bakery book cake days because it happens to be the scariest cheesecake I have ever seen. And who doesn’t like cheesecake

Ingredients

For the Biscuit base:

8 oz digestive biscuits
3 1/2 oz unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake

4 leaves of gelatine (or vege gel)
1lb 5oz full fat cream cheese (Philadelphia)
4 oz caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp lemon zest
7 fl oz double cream
2 oz dark chocolate

Also you’ll need and 8 inch tin, a piping bag, some licorice and black icing or dark chocolate

1. Line the base of the tin with baking parchment. Then crush the digestives with a rolling pin.

2. Tip biscuit crumbs in bowl and mix with melted butter. Pour into lined tin. Press crumbs to edges and put in fridge for 20 minutes.

3. Place gelatine in tepid water to soften. Using hand whisk mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla essence, and lemon zest, till smooth. In another bowl whisk the cream to soft peaks.

4. On a low heat melt 7 oz of the cream cheese mix. Allow to warm slightly then remove from heat and combine with softened gelatine.

5. Add the rest of the cream cheese mixture to the warm mix in the pan, add about 3 tblsp at a time and keep stirring. Then fold in the whipped cream and pour the mix on top of your base in the cake tin. Smooth over the top with a palette knife.

6. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour into piping bag and pipe onto the cheesecake in even, concentric circles. Use a toothpick or sharp knife to draw a fine line from the centre to the edge of the cake, forming the spiders web. Clean toothpick/knife after each line if you don’t want your cheesecake to end up a smeary mess.

7. Put it in the fridge overnight.

Now make a ball from your black icing and attach it to a smaller ball with some sugar syrup, apricot jam or a tooth pick. Alternately pipe out a spider body shape with some dark chocolate. While your chocolate/icing is still soft push in some short strand of licorice for legs. If you’re feeling super creative you can add a few silver balls for eyes.

Serve to your friend Ron

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