Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
by Tarla Dalal
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Springy, soft, tangy, zesty, cheesy too! name what you want and you will get it in this irresistible dessert. . . A perfect vanilla sponge cake layered with a chocolaty orange cheesecake mixture, and garnished with orange segments. Although it takes a while to make the chocolate orange cheesecake, it is definitely worth a try for special occasions – and for days when you feel special. The satisfaction of preparing a gourmet dessert right in your own kitchen cannot be equaled by any store-bought food.
- Sieve the flour, baking powder and soda bi-carbonate together.
- Mix the flour mixture, condensed milk, melted butter, vanilla essence and 75 ml. Of water in a bowl, using a whisk.
- Pour this mixture into a greased and dusted 150 mm. (6") diameter tin.
- Bake in a hot oven at 200°c (400°f) for 10 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 150°c (300°f) and a bake for a further 15 minutes.
- The cake is ready when it leaves the sides of the tin and is springy to touch. When ready, remove from the oven and leave for 1 minute. Invert the tin over a rack.
- Cool the cake.
- Dissolve the agar agar in 1/4 cup of water and bring to a boil over gentle heat. Keep warm.
- In a large bowl, mix together the curds, orange zest, squash, melted chocolate and whisk till it is smooth. Keep aside.
- In another bowl, whisk the cream, sugar and vanilla essence till soft peaks form.
- Add the warm agar agar solution into the curds mixture and mix well.
- Fold in the whipped cream and mix gently.
- Slice the cake into 2 portions horizontally.
- Place one slice in a loose bottomed cake tin and sprinkle some soaking syrup.
- Pour half the cheesecake mixture over the sponge.
- Place the other layer of the sponge on top and soak with the remaining soaking syrup.
- Pour the remaining cheesecake mixture and spread it evenly.
- Refrigerate for 4 hours or till it sets.
- Unmould and serve chilled, garnished with orange segments.
- When you hang 2 cups of the curds for 30 minutes, you should get about 1 cup of thick curds.
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