Oreo Truffle Cheesecake: Sweet and creamy vanilla cheesecake, smothered in Oreo truffle and topped with a rich chocolate ganache….. This is decadence at its finest and nothing short of showstopping.
Did you know that the cheesecake has been around for centuries and is thought to have been created on the Greek island of Samos as cheese molds have been excavated and from there and are dated right back to 2000 B.C.? Anything further than that, we will never know as it goes back into a time known as prehistory!
Cheesecake was used by Ancient Greeks as a wedding cake but not only that, it was considered a great source of energy and it has been recorded that it was served to athletes during the first Olympic games in 776 B.C.
Athenaeus, a Greek writer, is credited with recording the first cheesecake recipe in 230 A.D. (Of course it was very plain and quite different to the cheesecakes we know and love today). In fact, it wasn’t until 1872 in America, that cream cheese was even discovered so that is certainly a more modern addition!
If you haven’t noticed already, I have bit of a passion for history. Don’t worry, I’ll stop with the history lesson and get back to my showstopping, very modern, cheesecake. (Though the history of this dessert is fascinating isn’t it?…..)
I love cookies and cream cheesecakes. They are definitely one of my favourite cheesecake flavours. It was through that, and my love of Oreo Truffles, that I came up with the idea to combine the two to create this delicious creation. To demonstrate how much I loved this cheesecake I’m going to let you in on a little secret of mine……. I ate
half three quarters of this cheesecake all by myself, and I would have eaten the whole thing if I didn’t feel bad for not sharing… But, hey, at least I wasn’t the only one who seemed to lose all self control around this delectable treat. My Grandma did also.
I managed – with great difficulty – to part with a couple of pieces to give to my Grandma and I warned her that it was very rich so she may not want much at each time. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. She hopped straight on the phone to tell me that she sat down with a piece, finished it in a few moments and had to have the other one!
This cheesecake is great because you don’t need to wait for an hour for it to cook, let it come to room temperature and then wait for it to set in the fridge. With this, you just mix it all up, place it in the pan and set it in the fridge. This doesn’t use gelatin as a setting agent, it just relies on the strength of the cream cheese.
I also use greek yoghurt in mine as I personally like the tangy flavour it brings to the creamy cheesecake. You can replace this with whipped cream if you want a richer, creamier cheesecake.
- For the Cheesecake;
- 50g Butter, melted
- 22 Oreos
- 625g Cream Cheese, at room temperature
- 1 Cup Natural Greek Yoghurt
- 3/4 Cup Icing Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla Essence
- For the Oreo Truffle;
- 28 Oreos
- 250g Cream Cheese
- For the Chocolate Ganache;
- 200g Milk Chocolate (or dark)
- 20g Butter
- 1/4 Cup Milk
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 20cm round cake pan.
- To Make the Cheesecake;
- Crush the oreos and mix with the melted butter.
- Spread in an even layer in the tin and bake for 10-15 minutes.
- Allow to cool.
- Beat the cream cheese until smooth.
- Beat in the yoghurt, icing sugar and vanilla essence.
- Pour this over the oreo base and place in the fridge to set for 2 hours.
- To make the Oreo Truffle;
- Crush the oreos and mix in the cream cheese.
- Leave this at room temperature to make it easier to spread over top of the cheesecake.
- Once the cheesecake has been in the fridge for 2 hours, spread the oreo truffle in an even layer over top.
- Place in the fridge to while you make the ganache.
- To Make the Chocolate Ganache;
- Melt the chocolate, milk and butter together.
- Allow it to cool for 15 minutes.
- Pour over the top of the oreo truffle and place in the fridge for 4 hours to overnight before slicing.
- This is a very rich cheesecake.
- Tastes better the next day.
This cheesecake is heavenly! You really must try it. I admit, it is quite expensive to make with all the cream cheese and the Oreos but it is so so worth it. If you want to wow your guests at a dinner party or just treat yourself to a little movie star quality treatment, then give this a go.
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