Cheesecake, notoriously delicious and also hard to make vegetarian without the right ingredients. Gelatine is derived from collagen obtained from various animal body parts, usually from cows. So this recipe calls for the use of Agar, a similar setting agent derived from plant matter commonly used in a lot of Asian cooking, you can find it in Asian stores.
Who can go wrong with a combination of dark chocolate and orange? Its delicious, and with the addition of the creaminess of the cheesecake, its amazing! The best part about it is it’s pretty low in sugar!
What you need
- Patty pans (12-15)
- 1 cup digestive biscuit crumbs
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons agar boiled and dissolved in 2/3 cup water. (Allow to cool only slightly otherwise it solidifies, procedure explained below)
- 500g Block Cream Cheese, softened (leave it out for a few hours)
- ½ cup sugar
- 150ml can evaporated milk, chilled and whipped
- grated rind of 2 oranges
- ½ cup orange juice
- Orange pieces – chop the orange into segments, remove the skin and chop finely
- 2 Tbsp agar for jelly
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 block 70% dark baking chocolate for melting
- Combine biscuit crumbs and butter. Press into the base of each patty pan. To help hold the structure it is easier to put the patty pans into a muffin pan
- Stir the agar into the water. Heat in a saucepan until dissolved, make sure it boils slightly, this activates the agar.
- Beat the cream cheese until soft, stir in all remaining ingredients, including agar mixture.
- Pour into patty pans and chill until firm.
- Melt down half a block of the baking chocolate using your preferred method. Microwave melting is usually fastest.
- Swirl/spoon the dark chocolate onto the top of the chilled cheesecake
- In a saucepan boil the extra agar and water, add 2 tbsp. orange juice and orange pieces. Cool for 1 minute
- Add jelly on top dark chocolate decoration
- Melt down the other half of the dark choc block and complete the cheesecake with a another swirl/decoration on top
Quick, easy-ish dessert done!