Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Choc Raspberry Ripple Cheesecake

Cheesecake is one my 'things' - I love making it, I love eating it and I am very particular about it. I hate those artificial tasting ones with the rubbery jelly on the top. I hate the gummy, claggy overcooked ones that taste like creamy nothingness. So while I was thrilled with this week's choice, I was also curious to see how Dorie's version would stack up!

We were asked to bring a dessert for Christmas lunch and rather than make the Key Lime Cheesecake as planned I decided to use this week's TWD recipe to kill two birds with one stone (so to speak).

To make it slightly more festive I chose a chocolate biscuit base with a chocolate cheesecake swirl, fresh raspberries and raspberry coulis. Unfortunately this did not make for a particularly photogenic cheesecake in poor light at someone else's house.

I am actually embarrassed to post this photo so please be kind.

The taste test ...

Ok so it looks crap but it tasted really nice! Honest!

I used 3/4 sour cream and made up the volume with cream so it had a lovely tang. It was really everything you want a cheesecake to be - rich but not sickening, sweet without being cloying. Yum!

I think for a true test I need to make it again with a plain biscuit base and no adornments (or maybe just a swirl of fresh passionfruit and some mango pieces). I preferred the plain to the chocolate swirl parts because the chocolate flavour was too intense. The fresh raspberries in the filling were lovely and you can never go wrong with raspberry coulis either.

I plan on making this again sometime in the next week or so and today purchased some cute mini springform tins (2 round and 2 heart shaped) for that very purpose.Link
Thanks to Anne of Anne Strawberry (whose blog I have only just discovered) for this pick. It's a keeper! You will find the recipe for the original Tall and Creamy Cheesecake here.


  1. Fresh raspberries and raspberry coulis are wonderful things, especially in cheesecake. Unphotogenics (is that a word?) aside, I'm betting it tasted absolutely fantastic.

  2. Lol love the pic of the cheesecake! It looks like it was a huge success the topping looks delicious!

  3. Sounds like it was delicious even if it didn't photograph well. I have a recipe for a key lime cheesecake that I absolutely love and I plan on combining with Dorie's recipe. Yum!

  4. Just the title is enough to not worry about being photogenic. Sounds great!

  5. Wow, those look like the perfect additions! I love the flavors you chose and can't wait to see some more from your new little pans.

  6. Well I think the deliciousness of the thing pushes through the bad lighting. Glad you liked it.

  7. It sounds divine. Can't beat chocolate and raspberries!

  8. Chocolate-raspberry is always a winner! Great job.

    Happy New Year!

  9. This sounds awesome. If only we had taste-o-vision I bet it would knock our socks off. Happy New Year!

  10. not all the best tasting things are photogenic. this sounds like a good flavor combination. i'm getting ready to make my cheesecake right now. i can't wait to see how it turns out. :)

  11. Your cheesecake looks great. I feel your photo pain...I took photos of som apps I made at a friend's NYE party and the lighting was less than ideal. Sigh.

  12. This looks delicious to me! Wonderful combination of flavours.


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