Easter is a great opportunity for spending time with family and that shouldn’t include you spending hours in front of the stove, slaving away. I always find it a much more relaxing occasion than Christmas and the food should also reflect that.
This simple, no-bake Cheesecake can be made ahead of time and makes a great dessert centre-piece. It is also a great recipe to pull out of the bag if you find that you are really short of time.
The mascarpone (Italian) cheese in the dish provides a balance of flavours to the sweetness of the chocolate and creme egg fondant. This is just a suggested decoration – you could use Mini Eggs, crushed Easter eggs or whatever you can salvage from the children’s Easter Egg stash!
Tip: For clean slices when you slice the Cheesecake, use a sharp knife dipped in boiling water.
Creme Egg Cheesecake
For the base
- 200 gram digestive biscuits, crushed into very fine crumbs
- 100 gram unsalted butter, melted
For the topping
- 300 gram full fat cream cheese
- 200 gram mascarpone
- 4 tbsp icing sugar
- 100 ml double cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 large Creme eggs
- 3 mini Creme eggs, to decorate
- Line a 20cm springform cake tin with a circle of baking parchment. In a mixing bowl, mix the biscuit crumbs with the melted butter until you have a sandy consistency. Tip the crumbs into the tin and press down firmly with the back of a metal spoon until your base is flat. Refrigerate while you make the topping.
- For the topping: In a large mixing bowl, using a whisk, beat together the cream cheese, mascarpone and icing sugar until well combined. Add the double cream, along with the vanilla extract and whisk again.
- Spoon the topping onto the biscuit base and smooth down with the back of a spoon or palette knife. Carefully slice the Creme eggs in half and arrange the eggs, pushing them into the cheesecake topping filling side up, so the tops are visible. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
- To remove the cheesecake from the tin, sit the cheesecake in some hot water (make sure it does not reach the top of the tin) and then gently unlock the sides or ease it out. Before serving, decorate the centre of the cheesecake with mini Creme eggs.
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Recipe, styling, photos and recipes author’s own. This recipe was previously featured by the Good Food Channel