Mini Strawberry and Chocolate Cheesecakes for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015 in #SundaySupper, Desserts | 14 comments

Mini Strawberry and Chocolate Cheesecakes for #SundaySupper

It’s the Oscars tonight, so #SundaySupper is throwing a Red Carpet Party, hosted by Katie of Ruffles and Truffles. Coming up with the perfect party food is no mean feat – it needs to be glamorous, easy to eat, and utterly delectable. Luckily, there are plenty of recips from the #SundaySupper group to see you through, from canapes to drinks. I’m offering mini strawberry and chocolate cheesecakes.

As soon as I saw the Red Carpet theme, I knew my recipe would have to involve chocolate and strawberries. For me, that simple combination instantly adds a little star quality to a dessert. But what would the dessert be? I wanted to do something a bit different to cupcakes, but something as easily pick up-able. So I hit on the idea of mini cheesecakes. After all, a red carpet party calls for something decadent, but you don’t want to overload on dessert. A sweet, individual cheesecake will hit the spot nicely.

Mini cheesecakes

As I don’t have any appropriately-sized, individual moulds, I wasn’t quite sure how they’d turn out, but actually, paper cases in a standard cupcake tin works wonders. I didn’t quite get the perfect roundness I’d seen during my pinterest perusals, but they were definitely mini cheesecakes. Plus, they’re wonderful to bake when you’re in a rush, as they cook and cool so much faster than a large cheesecake.

To add to the creaminess of the cheese topping, I used melted white chocolate instead of sugar – a tip I pinched from the wonderful Mary Berry. For the decoration, I used dark chocolate so that they’re slightly grown-up. rather than overly sweet. On a whim, I layered chopped strawberry pieces over the biscuit base to give an extra, surprise strawberry layer when you bite into it.

There are infinite different recipes for cheesecakes, using different quantities of cream and cream cheese; some use sour cream, others use ricotta, some use lots of eggs, some use very few. Then there are all the worries about cracking tops, flan-like centres… read through a few recipes, and cheesecakes become a minefield! The only secret is not to worry about any of that stuff. Yes, you might end up with a slightly different texture, but as long as you use a type of creamy cheese, mix it with a type of cream, and add the stabilizing power of at least a couple of eggs, it will turn out fine. With these mini cheesecakes, cracking tops are barely an issue anyway, but I left them to cool for a little bit in the oven anyway, as extra insurance. Then, it’s just a case of being patient and letting them chill for a good amout of time in the fridge, rather than digging in straight away, and you’ll get that creamy, silky, wondrous texture which makes people fall in love with cheesecake.

You can serve these mini cheesecakes drizzled with cream for a sit-down dinner party, or just have them on a serving plate, which people can help themselves to. Either way, it’s a simple, fuss-free dessert to round off your red carpet party in style.

Strawberry Chocolate cheesecake

Mini Strawberry and Chocolate Cheesecakes
Yields 12
Mini cheesecakes fit for the red carpet
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 120g crushed digestive biscuits (I used gluten-free ones)
  2. 50g melted butter
  3. 300g full fat cream cheese
  4. 200ml double cream
  5. 1 egg + 1 yolk
  6. 75g white chocolate
  7. 50g dark chocolate
  8. 9 strawberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 150C and line a cupcake tin with paper cupcake cases.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the crushed biscuits and melted butter until sand-like in texture.
  3. Use a teaspoon to transfer small amounts of the biscuit mixture into each case. Use your fingers to press each base down.
  4. Make the topping by mixing together the cream cheese and double cream. Beat in the whole egg and yolk.
  5. Melt the white chocolate and stir into the cream mixture. Set aside.
  6. Finely chop 3 of the strawberries and layer some of the small pieces over each biscuit base.
  7. Top each one with a generous amount of the cream topping, almost to the tops of the cases.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes, until just starting to brown at the edges, but still slightly wobbly in the centre.
  9. Turn oven off and crack the door open - leave to cool for about 10 mins.
  10. Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  11. Melt the dark chocolate and halve the remaining strawberries.
  12. Use a piping bag to pipe chocolate patterns onto the cheesecakes and attach a strawberry half to each.
  13. Chill the cheesecakes in their cases in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
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14 Comments

  1. Who could resist these babies??? Chocolate and strawberries are always winners—especially with cheesecake!
    Liz recently posted..Melon and Prosciutto Skewers #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Liz! Chocolate and strawberries are a pair made in heaven, aren’t they! I felt sad writing up this post, having eaten/given away all these cheesecakes! Will have to make some more :-)

  2. How sweet are those, I love a little dessert like that. I want two please!!
    Tara recently posted..Oysters Rockefeller #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Tara! If only they could survive a trip across the ocean, I’d send some to you!

  3. I love a good cheesecake and pairing it with chocolate and strawberries is genius!
    DB, Foodie Stuntman | Crazy Foodie Stunts recently posted..Beef Sliders with Sautéed Mushrooms, Onions, Bleu Cheese and Bacon for a Red Carpet Party #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you DB!

  4. And the award for the most clever and gourmet cheesecake goes to Katy of Happy Baking Days! Brrrrrilliant to add white chocolate to the cream cheese. Thank you, too, for the pep talk about disregarding tiny cracks et al.
    The Ninja Baker recently posted..Imitation Game Guinness Brownies, #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • *Blushing* why thank you Kim! I just wanted everyone to know that mini cheesecakes are easy to make and not stressful – and even if they had tiny cracks, they’d still be yummy!

  5. Stunning. I’ll take about five of these.
    Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook recently posted..#SundaySupper: Red Carpet PartyMy Profile

  6. These look so rich and delicious!
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips recently posted..No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake Shooters for #SundaySupper {#glutenfree option}My Profile

  7. I love the addition of white chocolate to your cheesecake. Delicious.
    Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm recently posted..Chocolate Spice Cookies for Secret Recipe ClubMy Profile

  8. Rich, delicious, what’s not to love, Katy!
    Cindys Recipes and Writings recently posted..The Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards! Vote Now!My Profile

  9. Oh yes, these definitely would hit the spot nicely!
    Renee recently posted..Blueberry Pecan BiscottiMy Profile

  10. I love cheesecake of any kind!
    Sarah recently posted..Caramel-Almond Latte Ricotta Cookies – Red Carpet #SundaySupperMy Profile

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