Mulled Wine Cheesecake

Medium

50 Minutes

Serves 6

Ingredients

350g dark chocolate digestives

75g unsalted butter, melted

2 tbsp cocoa powder

6½ sheets leaf gelatine

350g mascarpone

250g sour cream

½ tsp cinnamon

2 medium eggs

115g caster sugar

175ml mulled wine

100g smooth dark chocolate, melted

Method

Step 1.

Line the base of your cake tin. Crush the biscuits until they are a fine crumb. Mix the biscuit crumbs with the melted butter and cocoa powder until combined and then press into the base and evenly up the sides of the tin. Leave to chill for 30 minutes.

Step 2.

Soak five of the gelatine leaves in a small bowl of cold water and leave for 5 minutes until softened. While that soaks, combine the mascarpone and sour cream until smooth. Drain the water and squeeze the excess water from the gelatine. Transfer the gelatine to a small saucepan and heat over a low flame, stirring, for 2 minutes until melted. Remove from the heat and add the cheese and cream mixture along with the cinnamon. Beat until smooth and combined.

Step 3.

Using a whisk, beat the eggs and 100g of the sugar in a medium bowl until pale and thick enough to leave ribbons on the surface. Fold into the cheese and cream mixture. Pour into the biscuit crust. Chill for 3-4 hours or until set.

Step 4.

Soak the remaining gelatine in cold water for 5 minutes. While the gelatine soaks, gently heat the mulled wine in a small saucepan over a low flame. Remove from the heat. Drain the water from the gelatine and squeeze out the excess water. Add to the warm wine along with the remaining sugar and stir until dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool. Once cold, carefully spoon over the cheesecake. Transfer to the fridge and chill for another 2-3 hours until completely set.

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