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Baked S’mores cheesecake

I think baked cheesecakes might be my super-power. (Making them and eating them). I never really have any problems with them and they always turn out well, slightly soft and rich and creamy, the way a baked cheesecake should be. This one is no exception – I mean just look at it… You know you just want to grab a fork and get stuck in to all that gooey toasted marshmallow!

There are a few very simple rules to follow when making a baked cheesecake which should more or less guarantee you dessert success. Always make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before you start. Wrap the base of the tin really well in tin foil and bake the cheesecake in a water bath. Finally let it cool in the oven before you chill it in the fridge – a good cheesecake cannot be rushed!

200g digestive biscuits
80g butter
500g full fat cream cheese
200g sour cream
3 eggs
100g sugar
150g dark chocolate
3 egg whites
150g sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Start by lightly greasing a spring-form cake tin and securely wrapping the base with foil. Pre-heat your oven to 180°c. Crush the biscuits, either in a food processor or if you’re feeling a little tense then by putting them in a plastic bag and bashing them about with a rolling pin (Baking can be so therapeutic!). Melt the butter and combine this with the biscuit crumbs before pressing the mixture firmly into the tin. Pop this in the fridge to firm up whilst you make the filling.

Melt the chocolate (in a double boiler or microwave) and set this aside to cool a bit. Put the cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat them together until they are smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Mix in the sour cream and then add the chocolate, making sure that it is well blended. Pour the mixture over the biscuit base. Give the tin a little shimmy to level things off before giving it a couple of sharp taps to knock out any excess air bubbles. Put the tin in a bain-marie and bake the cheesecake for 40-45 minutes. Once it’s done it should still be a little wobbly in the middle but be a little puffed up and brown around the edges. Turn off the oven and take the cheesecake out of its water bath but leave it in the oven to cool. Once it’s room temperature move it to the fridge to chill.

Make the marshmallow topping by combining all of the ingredients in a spotlessly clean heatproof bowl. Place this over a pan of gently simmering water, be careful not to let the water touch the base of the bowl. Use a hand whisk to whip this continuously whilst it heats up. The mixture should become quite foamy and increase in volume. When the marshmallow is ready to come off the heat, it will feel hot to the touch and the sugar should be totally dissolved. Take the bowl off the pan of water and then use an electric whisk to whip the marshmallow until it is thick and glossy. Carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin and place it on a serving plate. Pipe or swirl the marshmallow on top, creating a peak effect. Use a kitchen blowtorch to toast and brown the marshmallow before serving.

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