I was looking through a lot of recipes to make an Oreo Cheesecake – because, well – OREOS – and there are a few out there, most of them are American and require ingredients that you can’t get here – or aren’t vegetarian friendly because they use Gelatine as a setting agent.
With a little bit of messing around and tweaking, I was able to knock up a tasty veggie friendly Oreo Cheesecake that requires no baking.
Apparently using Vegetarian Gelatine is a bit of a dark art, my finished result wasn’t as ‘firm’ as I wanted, perhaps next time I’ll try a ‘sachet and a bit’ and see how that goes.
Serves – 6-8 (Or one lonely fatty)
Prep / Cooking time – 30-45mins / N/A – But requires 3hrs to set
1 Pack of Plain Chocolate Digestive Biscuits (250-280g)
1-2 Packs of Oreos (1pk if you don’t want to decorate the top / eat the leftovers)
150g of Butter
350g of Philadelphia / Soft Cheese (A tub and a bit)
300g Double Cream
120g Caster Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 Sachet of Dr. Oetker Vege-Gel (see my note above)
1. Line the base of a 23cm Spring-Form Tin. The Kitchen Professor has a bunch of good reviews of baking equipment, like springform pans if you’re interested.
2. Using a food processor or a brute force – smash the Chocolate digestives to a breadcrumb size – I opted for the ‘Freezer Bag and Whack it’ method.
3. Melt the butter in a pan, and when melted, mix in your digestive and stir it through until you get chocolately digestive crumbs.
4. Spoon the mixture into the bottom of the tin, pushing it up slightly around the edges. This then needs 20 minutes or so in the fridge to cool down.
5. In a large bowl put in your Soft Cheese, Double Cream, Sugar, and Vanilla Extract and mix them until it’s nice and smooth, if you’ve got a food processor, use it, but I did it fairly easily by hand.
6. Take one pack of Oreos and cut them into rough little chunks, I attempted to cut them into quarters, it sorta works!
7. Now to make your Vege-Gel up – I dissolved a sachet in 200ml of cold water, and then bought the water to the boil (as per the instructions) and then left it to cool for 5 mins.
8. Chuck the Oreos into the mixing bowl and give it a good stir.
9. Once your Vege-Gel has had five minutes to cool you can pour it into the mixture and stir it all together.
10. Take the tin out of the fridge and spoon in the mixture – use your second packet of Oreos to ‘decorate’ the top – and then eat the rest of the packet as you wait 3 hours for it to set!
11. Get it out and EAT !
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