So many people have asked me for the recipe for this and as I've been sitting on this blog for the best part of a month, probably more, with nothing to show for it so here is my official first post much to my perfectionists dismay as I had a lovely "introduction to my life" post idea which I never got round to but hey ho.
I made this for Ben's Dad's birthday, it's my first time making a cake of any sort for anyone outside my blood relations so I'm rather surprised it didn't turn out a complete and utter disaster actually but we wanted to make him something semi decent because of how much he has done for our little family over the past year or so and generally because he's a pretty top bloke.
I'm not really sure if this is a tart or a cheesecake, it looks like a tart but consistency wise it's more like a cheesecake and thus I have created the Tartcake, which as of now, is totally a thing. So, before I start rambling on about something else here it is:
3 Chocolate Oranges
300ml Heavy Double Cream
300g Digestive Biscuits
80g Icing Sugar
- Melt the butter over a hob and blitz up the biscuits in a food processor whilst you wait. You can crush them by hand if you are able to contain the biscuits within a zip lock bag for the duration of said crushing unlike myself. Once that's done, pour in the melted butter and mix.
- Press the mixture into a tin of some sort, I used a flan dish, not forgetting to press it around the sides too. Probably best to use your fingers for this because I tried to use a spoon to avoid covering my hands in melted butter and it did nothing to help and I just ended up with another thing to wash up at the end. Leave to cool.
- Melt 2 chocolate oranges and set that aside to cool slightly whilst you do the rest.
- Pour the cream into a bowl with the icing sugar and whisk. I used an electric whisk because my arm would have fallen off if I did it by hand. Either that or I would have had to make Ben do it. Definitely go for an electric one because no one wants to stand there for 5 years whisking cream.
- When it's thickened enough to make soft peaks you can fold in the melted chocolate.
- Pour the filling on top of the base and decorate however you like. I just broke up the third chocolate orange and placed it around the edge but feel free to go crazy.
- Cover and put in the fridge to set. Ideally over night but everyone knows that's probably not going to happen. 4-5 hours would probably do.
*measurements may be slightly inaccurate because Ben always eats a good 45% of the ingredients before I get to finish.