WHITE CHOCOLATE RECIPE
White Chocolate and Cassis Soaked Summer Fruits Cheesecake
110 g digestive biscuits
50 g butter
For the filling:
250 g quark or curd cheese
286 ml double cream, whipped to soft peaks
1 sachet gelatine, dissolved in 3 tablespoons hot water
350 g best quality white chocolate
500 g any variety berry fruits (fresh or frozen)
100 ml creme de cassis
150 g icing sugar 1 teaspoon arrowroot
Melt the butter gently in a pan or microwave and stir in the biscuit crumbs. Line an 8’’ pre-buttered tin, pressing the mixture down with the back of a spoon. Chill.
Place the fruit in a sieve over a bowl. Pour over the cassis and lightly crush with a spoon to encourage the juices to drip below. Allow to thaw fully if using frozen fruit.
Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Spread about one fifth in a thin layer across a clean kitchen worktop or marble slab with a spatula. Leave until barely set.
Blend the quark in food mixer. Gently fold in the whipped cream , remaining melted chocolate and dissolved gelatine. Retain a few of the best fruits as decoration and fold in the cassis steeped fruits from the sieve.
Pour the mixture over the biscuit base, cover with foil and chill for about 3 hours.
Using the sharp edge of a knife make long splinters from the white chocolate. Decorate the cheesecake with white chocolate splinters and the retained fruit.
BOOK REVIEW - A White Chocolate Read
One Hundred and One Dalmations by Dodie Smith
Forget the Disney film, the book is a miracle of characterization, of both dogs and humans. Set in 1930s England, the story has some stirringly romantic notions, such as The Twilight Barking, whereby all dogs can gossip and communicate across country, thereby helping each other rescue the ‘dognapped’ puppies.
Naturally I’m going to mention food: most dramatic is Cruella De Ville’s peculiar diet of purple soup, black ice cream and pepper on everything. Reportedly, she was expelled from school for drinking ink!
‘She could see no house ahead of her because the drive twisted. It was overgrown with weeds… so wild and neglected that it seemed more like a path through a wood than the approach to a house. And it was so strangely silent… suddenly she was out in the open, with the house in front of her… very old, built of mellowed red brick… with many little diamond-paned windows and one great window that stretched to the roof.’
Inside the crumbling Jacobean Manor the very elderly gentleman ‘pet’ of an ancient King Charles spaniel makes buttered toast for himself and his canine guests in front of the open fire. Touchingly, he believes that Pongo and Missis are the much missed ghosts of long-dead carriage dogs. It is a beautiful scene and I admit to the influence of the manor on my latest book, The Penny Heart, set in dilapidated creeper-choked Delafosse Hall. An enjoyable book is one that leaves deep memories, and to me Dodie Smith wrote a sweet and stylish masterpiece.
A huge thank you to Rebecca Mascull, author of The Visitors, for inviting me to take part in the The Chocolate Challenge.
Take a look at Rebecca’s Chocolate blog post at:
I have tagged two new writers to take on the Chocolate Challenge, firstly Louisa Treger, author of The Lodger:
And secondly, Tessa Arlen, who has posted her super Chocolate Challenge at:
This brings me to the end of The Chocolate Challenge; its been a great deal of fun and a lot of fun making the recipes and rediscovering my book choices.