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Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

This is not your average cheesecake. It’s a soft, luscious and silky smooth chocolate cherry cheesecake that is full of sweet cherry flavour that pairs perfectly with the rich, buttery chocolate biscuit base. This no-bake cheesecake is perfect for a warm summer evening to celebrate the glorious December cherry season.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Australian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 1 day
Servings 8 servings
Author Sally

Ingredients

  • 300 grams cherries
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 200 grams chocolate biscuits
  • 6 tablespoons (84 grams) butter melted
  • 2 x 250 gram blocks of cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Make the cherry puree. Pit the cherries and add to a small saucepan with the sugar and place over medium heat. Gently boil them until the cherries are completely soft.
  • Add the cherries to a blender or use a stick blender to puree the mixture. Once pureed you should have about 1 cup or 250ml of liquid.
  • Add the pureed cherries back into the saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the mixture down to about 150mls so that it's nice and thick. Set aside to cool in the fridge.
  • Add the chocolate biscuits to the food processor and blitz to a fine crumb. Add in the melted butter and mix until you get the consistency of wet sand. Place the biscuit mixture into a round springform pan that’s been lined with baking paper and press down firmly with the bottom of a glass until it’s evenly covering the base. Set aside in the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes.
  • Place the cream cheese into the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment fitted and begin mixing, slowly before turning up to medium. Whip the cream cheese for at least 5 minutes or until it’s looking really creamy. Stop the mixer and add in the vanilla and continue to whip for another 5 minutes scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure the mixture is beating evenly.
  • Once this mixture is combined, with the mixer running on medium low, slowly drizzle in the sweetened condensed milk a little at a time. Continue beating until all of the condensed milk has been added and the mixture is smooth. Add in about a ¼ of a cup of the cherry puree and beat until completely smooth and combined.
  • Pour half of the filling mixture into the pan and then dollop on a few spoonfuls of the cherry puree. Use your spoon or a skewer to marble the cherry puree through the cheesecake. Repeat with the remaining filling and cherry puree.
  • Place the cheesecake in the fridge to set for a minimum of 24 hours before slicing and serving. Serve topped with fresh cherries and more chocolate.

Notes

I use the Philadelphia lactose free cream cheese block for this recipe. I have not tried a spreadable cream cheese substitute but this may affect the cheesecake from setting so I would recommend the block.
It is so important for the success of this recipe to make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature before starting. To do this quickly, cut the block of cream cheese into cubes and let sit on the kitchen bench until room temperature.
Another important factor in the success of this recipe is the slow addition of the condensed milk so be patient in this step.
Sweetened condensed milk: I use the new plant based version which is made from oat and rice and works perfectly for this recipe. You can use regular if you wish or there is also a coconut milk based version available as another alternative. 
I use Nuttelex to replace butter in most of my recipes as it is vegan and gives a ‘buttery’ flavour without being greasy. As this is an Australian product, the closest US alternative I believe is Earth Balance. Otherwise any dairy-free spread will work.
Not from Australia? Check out my US Conversion Guide.