75g Oreo mint biscuits
200g cream cheese
20g caster (superfine) sugar
20g soft brown sugar
zest and juice of 2 limes
30g fresh mint leaves
40ml double (heavy) cream
50g dark chocolate
small handful fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
5ml peppermint essence
1 Oreo mint biscuit (optional)
5g soft brown sugar
zest of 1 lime
4 small mint sprigs (optional)
You’ll need: 2 mini cheesecakes moulds or a mini cheesecake tray (12 compartments)
Whizz your biscuits to a fine crumb in a food processor (stick ’em in a sandwich bag and bash with a rolling pin if you haven’t got a processor). Divide evenly between the moulds, press down gently to make your base and set aside.
Beat the cream cheese and caster and brown sugars together. Add the lime zest and juice, along with the rum, and mix together thoroughly. Finely chop the mint leaves (keeping about six whole for decoration) and add to the mix. Whip the cream until you have stiff peaks and fold it gentlyinto the mix.
Dip the whole mint leaves in water and stick them to the inside of the moulds. Spoon in the cheesecake mix, being careful not to remove the mint leaves, and level off with a palette knife. Stick ’em in the fridge for at least three hours to set.
Now make the chocolate shards. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, then spread it out all over the baking sheet (roughly 2mm thick). While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle the finely chopped mint leaves over the top, followed by the peppermint essence. Then whack it in the freezer for 30 minutes to set.
Now it’s time to assemble. Remove the chocolate from the freezer and break it up to form shards. Remove the cakes from the fridge and randomly stick in the shards. Blitz the Oreo mint biscuit to a fine crumb, if using, and sprinkle over the top, along with the brown sugar and lime zest. Finish with a sprig of mint on each, if you like.
Extracted from Pleesecakes by Joe Moruzzi and Brendon Parry (Quadrille, £15) Photo credit: © Kris Kirkham