Donal Skehan

Blueberry And White Chocolate Cheesecake

This makes a wonderfully creamy and rich cheesecake. A perfect make-ahead dessert, prepare it in advance and pop it in the fridge.

Serves 6–8
200g (7oz) Plain digestive biscuits
100g (31/2oz) butter
400g (14oz) good-quality white chocolate, broken into pieces
250g (9oz) full-fat cream cheese
250ml (81/2fl oz) double cream
250g (9oz) mascarpone cheese
250g (9oz) blueberries

Equipment:
20cm (8in) non-stick springform tin

Bash the biscuits in a resealable bag with a rolling pin or any other blunt instrument you can do serious damage with, until you have fine crumbs. Place the crumbs in a large bowl.

Melt the butter in a large pan then add to the biscuit crumbs and mix to combine. Tip the butter and biscuit mix into the base of the springform tin and press down with the back of a spoon. Cover and place in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl then set it over a small saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water, and gently melt, stirring occasionally.

Beat the cream cheese, cream and mascarpone in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until well combined. Stir through the white chocolate and lastly fold in the blueberries. Spread the mixture evenly over top of the biscuit base, cover and place in the fridge for at least 2–3 hours.

Remove the cheesecake from the tin and serve in generous slices.

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Christmas Cheesecake

This makes a great change to all the usual Christmas desserts and best of all it uses up any Christmas cake leftovers you might have after the big day. This recipe works well as a normal cheesecake mixture if you drop the cinnamon and baileys, so you also make it with a regular digestive biscuit base also.

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White Chocolate Ginger Cheesecake Pots

Desserts that can be made ahead are lifesavers when it comes to entertaining and ones which only take a few minutes to put together are even better! These individual cheesecake pots are perfect to pull out of the fridge at the end of a meal and with an extra kick from the ginger your guests will be singing your praises!

Serves 6
200g of gingernut biscuits
100g of butter, melted
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
450g of cream cheese
200g of white chocolate
100ml of cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of icing sugar

Blitz the biscuits in a food processor until you have fine breadcrumbs.  Pour in the melted butter and ginger and process until everything is mixed through. Gently push the biscuit base into individual serving pots and set aside.  Don’t press down too hard as you want nice loose spoonfuls of biscuit with the cheesecake mix.

Slowly melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a small pot of simmering water. Put the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and add the white chocolate, cream, vanilla extract, and sugar. Beat all the ingredients together until you get a nice light mixture. Spoon the cream cheese mix into the serving pots, smooth the top and garnish with a sprinkling of thinly sliced white chocolate. Place in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

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