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Chocolate, Rum and Raisin Cheesecake

Chocolate Rum and Raisin Cheesecake

When I was a little girl my gran  made me a lasagne and a rum and raisin cheesecake for my birthday. I really enjoyed it and asked for it again the following year. And still some 30 years on, even though my gran has passed away I have made a lasagne and rum and raisin cheesecake for my birthday every year. For me it’s become a tradition and I feel that my gran is still here a part of my life.

Each year I decorate it differently, sometimes with chocolate shard or curls, I’ve even layered the two parts on top of each other. This year I swirled the mixtures together – a bit too much though as you can’t see the colours swirled.

It makes a great dinner party dessert and once when my husband was serving he cut the whole cake into 4 and served it to each guest!! I should add that all the cake was eaten so it must have been good.

Gran’s Rum and Raisin Cheesecake

125g  Marie biscuits

60g butter

60g dark chocolate

1/3 cup raisins

1 tblspn rum

2 tspn gelatine

1 tblspn water

185g cream cheese

2 tblspn sugar

300ml thickened cream

60g dark chocolate

  1. Process biscuits until fine crumbs.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan, remove from heat and add chocolate and stir until melted. Then add to finely crushed biscuits and mix well. Press into base of a lined round springform tin and refrigerate.
  3. Place raisins in a mug and pour over rum to soak.
  4. Sprinkle gelatine over water in a bowl and place bowl in a larger bowl of boiling water. Stir until gelatine is dissolved.
  5. Beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy.
  6. Beat cream softly then add to the cream cheese mixture. Then gently stir in the gelatine. Divide the mixture into 2. To one half add the raisins and rum and stir. To the other half add the melted chocolate and stir.
  7. Spoon mixtures alternatively over base and swirl through with a fork. Refrigerate until set.



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