Rocky road cheesecake

Few will be able to resist these little cheesecakes piled high with marshmallows, Oreos and roasted peanuts. Children will enjoy decorating them, although you may wish to substitute the alcohol-infused Griotte cherries for glacé cherries.

First published in 2016
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These adorable little baked chocolate cheesecakes feature an Oreo cookie base, which adds a slightly salty taste. It’s a great combination and includes all the elements of the famous Rocky Road: marshmallows, nuts, chocolate and cherries.

This recipe is from Claire Clark’s book 80 Cakes From Around the World (Absolute Press, £20).

Photography by Jean Cazals.






To decorate


Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3.5
Begin by making the cheesecake base. Place the Oreo cookies in a plastic bag and crush to fine crumbs with a rolling pin. Transfer to a medium sized bowl and stir in the melted butter. Spoon a tablespoon of the crumbs into each hole of a 12-cup muffin tin, then lightly press each one to compact them
Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and set aside. Turn the oven temperature down to 140°C/gas mark 1
To make the cheesecake, melt the dark and white chocolate together in a microwave or in a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure the water doesn’t touch the base of the bowl
Place the cream cheese, vanilla extract and sugar into a food mixer and mix on a low speed until smooth. Be careful not to over-mix. Add the eggs, mix until combined then with the mixer still on a low speed, gradually mix in the melted chocolate
Scoop the mixture into the muffin tins and bake for 40–45 minutes, or until they no longer wobble and the top is firm. Do not to let the tops rise too much or they will overcook
Remove from the oven and allow the cheesecakes to cool in the tin. I find it easiest to put them in the freezer for an hour before turning them out of the tins, then they pop straight out
Meanwhile, melt the remaining chocolate using the same method as before, using a microwave or in a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water
Pour some of the melted chocolate on top of each cheesecake, then garnish with the peanuts, marshmallows, mini Oreo cookies and Griotte cherries. Drizzle with more melted chocolate and allow to set before serving
First published in 2016

Claire Clark is regarded as one of the top three pastry chefs in the world. Claire is now a freelance chef consultant based in London.

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