Chocolate ganache cheesecake. A deliciously velvety tasting chocolate chesecake with an amazing crunchy pecan nut biscuit base. That’s what this month’s pudding recipe is. And, I think you’re just going to love it!
Hi Folks, so today, I thought I would bring you this awesome really simple cheesecake recipe.
And it’s absolutely fabulous one!
No scrimping on just how indulgent it tastes, but as usual using lower fat ingredients to make it not so calorific.
The base came about by experimenting with a combination of lower fat chocolate digestive biscuits (graham crackers) and pecan nuts.
It took a few attempts to get the quantities right, so that it had just the right light crunch, but I’m sure you’ll agree, it just adds that extra nice touch.
When it came to the cheesecake filling itself, just a plain filling, with a hint of cocoa added was all that was needed, with no need for an extra sweetener.
You see the natural sweetness from the chocolate ganache topping removed any need for that.
And you get that little extra crunch too, from the pecan nut on top, but feel free to add more pecan nuts, if you felt you would like a little more topping!
- 100 g pecan nuts roughly chopped
- 150 g reduced fat chocolate digestive biscuits / graham crackers
- 75 g unsalted butter melted
- 300 g reduced fat soft cream cheese
- 100 ml reduced fat double cream
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 3 medium eggs
- 250 ml reduced fat double cream
- 300 g dark chocolate – 80% broken up.
- 16 pecan nuts
- Pre-heat oven to 160C Fan
- Grease the inside of a 20cm loose-bottom deep cheesecake tin and line the base with baking parchment / greaseproof paper.
- Blitz the pecan nuts and chocolate biscuits together in a food processor until they resemble course breadcrumbs.
- Stir the melted butter into the biscuit mixture, then empty the mixture into the cheesecake tin and press this mixture into the tin to make an even layer.
- Chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes whilst you prepare the cheesecake filling.
- Place the cream cheese, cream, cocoa powder and eggs in a bowl, or into a stand mixer and blend everything together well until smooth.
- Pour the mixture over the hardened biscuit base and bake in the oven for approximately 25 – 30 minutes until the top is firm and golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour.
- Pour the cream into a saucepan and gently heat the cream until steam is coming off the top. Do not allow the cream to boil.
- Once steam is coming off the top, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the broken up chocolate until it has melted completely.
- Allow the ganache to cool a little, then pour the ganache over the top of the cooled cheesecake base and put aside for 30 minutes to allow the ganache to cool and set a little. Then move to a fridge for 2 hours minimum.
- When ready to serve, carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin and decorate with the pecan nuts.
Portions can be frozen.
Folks, this chocolate ganache cheesecake is a perfect sharing recipe.
It’s ideal for dinner parties, or maybe that once a week treat, because you’ve earned it.
Lynne and I have one piece each, usually on a Sunday, after our Sunday curry, and the rest is always frozen.
In fact, the freezer currently has quite a few frozen slices of previous cheesecakes, so it’s just as well I only make one per month or we’d get nothing else in it! 😉
Bank Holiday Weekend
A Bank Holiday has just ended here in Scotland, and a welcome one it was at that! I was pretty exhausted after my first week at my new job, so although I did some cooking for the blog (i.e. this cheesecake) it was reasonably relaxing long weekend.
And do you know what? On Saturday, Lynne and I actually made it to Wholefoods in Glasgow! It’s not that far away, a short 15 minute car journey, but you know how it is just finding time sometimes.
I’d read so many good reviews about Wholefoods from fellow bloggers, I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed.
As for Lynne, well I hadn’t mentioned it before to her, and knowing she loves her food as much as I do, I could just see how much she enjoyed looking around the place, by her bulging eyes!
Such great fresh produce, such quality baking and a superb array of products, you just wanted to buy everything, if you had enough of the folding stuff.
Anyway, with the Eurovision Song Contest being on TV on Saturday night, and it being one of those rare occasions we actually watched television, we got some amazing olives and a sharing focaccia from Wholefoods.
We will definitely be treating ourselves a little bit more now we’ve a second income and we’re already talking about what we’re going to get next. I’m particularly intrigued by their chicken and kale sausages!
This is a shorter week for us. We had some travel vouchers so were able to book ourselves a short weekend break, to celebrate 2 years of being married (where did all the time go? 😛 ) next weekend in Inverness, in the North of Scotland.
I’ve only every driven round or through Inverness on the way to various hillwalking weekends, or the Rockness festival, so it’ll be nice to spend some quality time there together and hopefully maybe even bring you some photographs!
Here’s hoping all you folks had an equally nice weekend past, although you may not have had a Bank Holiday, like us, but hopefully it was still relaxing. 🙂
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