You will need a microwave for this recipe, but only because you have to melt the chocolate for the bottoms and tops of your cheesecakes. Beyond that, it's just a tart, sweet cheesy filling, a chocolate base instead of a crust and a little time in the fridge. Then a lovely, shareable dessert awaits. To be fair, these aren't "cheesecakes" in the sense you might expect. There's no biscuit crust (although you could add some to the chocolate at the bottom, or better yet, replace the "sprinkles" on top with some crushed up biscuits) and the cheesecake filling is tasty, but probably not what you'd expect from a traditional cheesecake. Even so, these are super easy to make, and only take a little time in the fridge to set up once you've assembled everything. Here's what you'll need:
- 120g cream cheese
- 2 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp lemon zest
- 400g dark chocolate chips
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- Sprinkles to decorate
The video outlines the steps from there, but you'll make your filling with the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract and the lemon juice and zest. Pour it into a piping bag (or, if you're a normal person, a zip-loc bag and you'll cut the corner off of later) you have sitting in a cup, and pop it into the fridge to firm up. Then melt the chocolate with a little vegetable oil until smooth in short bursts, in the microwave. Line a muffin tin with paper (or reusable) cups, and add a little chocolate to cover the bottom. Pipe in as much filling as you want, then cover with more chocolate, and let it set up in the fridge.
That's all there is to it — they add some sprinkles on top, but I think crushed nuts or (like we mentioned) biscuits would be better. Either way, it's a simple recipe, and one you can easily play with to suit your tastes.
Chocolate Cheesecake Bites [Mumsnet (YouTube)]