We are having one set of the Missionary Elders for supper tonight (Friday as I write this). As you know I always love to spoil the missionaries. I know how hard they work. They are far, far from home, and family, and always bring such a special spirit into our home. I always say to my friends, if you want your home to be filled with light for an hour or so, feed a Missionary. They are always really appreciative. Its a win/win situation really!
Its been a bit hot for cooking and so I decided to make them an easy meal of BBQ ham sandwiches, macaroni salad, coleslaw, potato chips and then this fabulous refrigerated White Chocolate Cheesecake for dessert!
I can't show you a piece of it cut out because the dinner hasn't actually happened yet and I don't want to take away from the joy of the Missionaries when I bring it to the table, but from here you can clearly see how light and fluffy it is.
The filling is super simple and super easy to make. You simply beat cream cheese and sugar together with a bit of vanilla.
Melted white chocolate gets beaten into this. I used milky bar chocolate buttons because they melt really easy, but you can use any good white chocolate, broken into bits. I melt it in a heatproof bowl over simmering water. So long as you keep the water from touching the bottom of the bowl, this works very well.
You let the melted chocolate cool a bit. Not too much because you don't want it to be hard at all. You want it to be at the right consistency to stir it into the cream cheese, but at the same time not hot enough to melt the cream cheese.
Once the chocolate is stirred into the cream cheese mixture, you whip some cream, just until soft folds form. Any more than that and you won't be able to mix it properly into the rest of the filling. Once it is softly whipped, fold it in.
The crus is simply digestive biscuits made into fine crumbs, mixed with melted butter. That gets pressed down into a baking tin with removable sides. A spring form pan works great. You actually do this before you make the filling and place it into the refrigerator to chill while you make the filling. Bad me, I got ahead of myself, lol.
Once you have the filling all done, take the crust out of the fridge and spoon the filling on top of the crust. I use a back of a spoon to press it down compactly, taking special precautions to press it well against the sides and then filling in the middle.
You don't want there to be any gaps or air spaces in the filling. Patience is your friend here and will reward you well when it comes time to serve.
After you have it all in the pan, you can decorate the top of the cheesecake as you wish. I used more chocolate buttons and placed them decoratively around the top of the cake. Then I sprinkled some milk chocolate flakes in between these to give the cake some definition, and provide some contrast. You could also scatter some fresh raspberries on top, which look really nice, in which case I wouldn't do that until I was ready to serve it.
I just know they are really going to enjoy this. It is the perfect summer dessert. Easy to make. Doesn't heat up the kitchen. Delicious as well. I hope you will give it a go!
*White Chocolate Cheesecake*Serves 8 to 10