Monday, 30 May 2011

Black and White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Last weekend I made two recipes that were not something I would usually pick or particularly fancy. Both turned out well and tasted nice, even the usually yucky banana flavour. This weekend I decided to make at least one thing that would tickle my taste buds more than anyone else's. So the Black and White Chocolate Cheesecake bars were a must.

This is a bit of a mixed recipe. It has a lot of little steps within the main stages of the baking. The first is to make the chocolate dough that is to serve as the base of the bars. It is flavoured with cocoa powder not actual chocolate, unlike the cheesecake topping. Once the dough has come together you must tear off about a quarter of itto go into the fridge in clingfilm to be used on the topping. The remaining three quarters and pressed into the greaseproof paper lined baking tray and then put into the fridge as one to chill for about 30 mins.

The oven is preheated so that once the tray of dough is cool it can go straight in to bake for 20-25mins. It needs to then be left on the side to cool completely but keeping the oven on to bake the cheesecake topping.

To make the topping you melt the white chocolate first and let that cool a little. There is a lot of cooling in this recipe. Then mix the rest of the ingredients, the Philadelphia, sugar and egg together then add the chocolate and stir thoroughly. Spread this onto the, as you have guessed it, cooled base and them break up the remaining quarter of dough and crumble onto the topping. This is then baked again for 25mins and then needs to be fridge set for a few hours. 

By the time the cheesecake had come out of the oven it was 8.30pm. It had to cool on the side for a little while before being transferred to the fridge. I was desperate to try one of these bars but could also not ignore my bed calling me, so had to wait until I had my elevenes and cuppa to taste one.

They were definitely worth the wait though, taste just gorgeous. As you know, I do love my cupcakes and my chocolate, but even so I can usually be quite restrained and not eat the whole batch in one go. Whoever these bars are just too good and I confess I had about 4 in one day! I do not want to give any of these away for the Hubby's work mates to try, or dare I say it, even my close friends. Think hubby and I were good enough tasters for this recipe, no-one else needs to try them...I may make other batch just for fun!

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