Saturday, 26 November 2011

Mini Baked Vanilla & Choc Fudge Oreo Cheesecakes

At my church a few weeks ago I was asked to go to a careers evening and speak to teenage girls about a career as a cheesecake maker! It was quite funny since obviously that's not what I'm trained to do, but just something I got the opportunity to do this summer thanks to my sister...who is trained to do that! but I'm always up for talking about baking so I was more than happy to do it!

and of course I couldn't turn up empty handed! So for the first time in a few months it was back to cheesecake making! I opted to make mini's since they always go down well! and for the first time I made a crushed Oreo base (as opposed to crushed digestives/hob nobs) and it was delish! 

Ironically the recipe I used was from a book that I received as leaving present to thank me for my time at The English Cheesecake Company! That book was 'Tea with Bea' and is an amazing collection of yummy recipes ranging from bars and cookies to cheesecakes and pies and everything in between! It features some of my all time favourite desserts like key lime pie, coconut cream pie and hummingbird cake! and teaches you to whip up homemade delights such as raspberry meringues and marshmallows to give you a little taste of what lies in store when you actually visit their shop Bea's of Bloomsbury.  It is my favourite place in London to grab an afternoon tea.

If you're all busy writing your Christmas lists then I'd strongly recommend asking Santa to bring you this book, you will not be disappointed! 

Mini Oreo Cheesecakes:
Makes 24
Adapted from 'Tea with Bea's' Vanilla cheesecake with berries recipe

For the cheesecakes:
400g Oreo cookies
100g unsalted butter
800g cream cheese
225g caster sugar
2 eggs
50g cornflour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 125 degrees c.
Crush the Oreo cookies in a food processor or with a rolling pin until they resemble fine crumbs.  Add the melted butter a little at a time.  Grab a bit of mixture and squeeze it in your hand to make it into a ball, then let go.  The mixture should hold its shape but fall apart slightly when touched.  If it doesn't hold its shape, add more butter.  If it is too firm add more crushed cookies.
Press the mixture into the prepared cake tins, when I'm making mini's I use the back of a teaspoon to pat the mixture down so it's level.

Put the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl and beat until well mixed and the sugar has dissolved.  Slowly incorporate the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly until combined before adding the next.  Scrape down the bowl regularly.

Sift the cornflour into the mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.  Pour the mixture into your pans (I measured about 90g of cheesecake mix into each of my mini pans).
Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour until the middle is slightly jiggly and the top doesn't look shiny or wet (if you decide to make one whole cheesecake the recipe recommends a baking time of 1 hour 20 minutes).

For the Fudge frosting:
From 'Tea with Bea'

250ml whipping cream
65g golden syrup
350g high quality dark chocolate (I used 60%)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
75g unsalted butter cut into cubes and chilled

Pour the cream and golden syrup in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil.
Put the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl.  As soon as the cream mixture has come to a boil, pour it over the chocolate.  Set aside for 1 minute.
Using a small whisk, stir with very small motions keeping to the middle of the bowl.  Slowly add small amounts of cream to it.  Do not incorporate air and don't be tempted to stir in larger motions as this will result in unwanted air bubbles and could result in a dull grainy texture.
Keep stirring in small motions.  It will look like nothing is happening until eventually a very shiny, thick glossy mixture forms.  Gradually stir in wider motions to incorporate more cream until it's fully combined.
Add the vanilla extract and butter and mix until well combined.  
Set aside to let the chocolate stiffen to a firm consistency before using.

To assemble:

Get the cheesecakes out of their pans once cool.
Cover the surface with a tablespoon of fudge frosting and add broken up pieces of Oreo.
Refrigerate until serving.

Don't be put off with the lengthy recipe here! I baked up the cheesecakes the night before and made the frosting the next afternoon just before I was going to the event.  They weren't as time consuming as I expected, and got plenty of compliments all round! You can top these with whatever takes your fancy, half of my batch were topped with Oreos and half were topped with Snickers.  I also think topping with Toblerone chunks would be equally yummy! 


  1. Whoa they sound so good!! I love cheesecake. I haven't made it before though as the boyfriend isn't a big fan. Might be something to attempt for a family gathering though!


  2. oh my..
    i have to make this!
    i have to eat this!

  3. These look amazing. I love everything about it. The flavours, the look, the cheesecake. The book is already on my xmas wish list along with Dan lepard's short and sweet.

  4. Oh my gosh, they look like a seriously heavenly creation! You are really creative to combine oreos and cheesecake..what yummy textures.

  5. That is an awesome looking cheesecake! I hope santa is reading.....!

  6. I want the book so bad! It's on my Xmas list. These look fantastic and can I just say, Hob Nob base!!!! Yes please! X

  7. What a copycat! I like these min cheesecakes - sounds like a delish base! I like your baking paper too!

  8. These sound amazing!! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Yours is super cute!

  9. These look scrumptious! Definitely will be making for my cheesecake-obsessed boyfriend :)

  10. If you like cakes and desserts, so possibly you could fall in love with these amazing cheesecakes. I like this combination of vanilla and choc fudge Oreo. It smells like wondercake.

  11. Just found your blog - Oreo Recipes galore - happy days!! :-) if I was to make this a large cheesecake what size tin should I use? Thanks x



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