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How to make the ultimate cheesecake

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Cheesecake is one of those desserts that everyone loves and most people love to make. Quick, simple and totally delicious, it is is perfect for entertaining a crowd or for devouring solo.

To celebrate Stylist's food month, Fernando Trocca, group executive chef of Gaucho in London, shares his formula for an irresistable dulce de leche cheesecake...

INGREDIENTS

Crockery: Churrasco plate

Filling:

  • 110g caster sugar
  • 930g cream cheese
  • 420g dulce de leche
  • 3 eggs
  • 40g corn flour

Base:

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g chocolate cocoa powder
  • 200ml double cream
  • 200ml tap water

METHOD

To make the filling:

Step 1: Place all ingredients into the robo coupe at one time, process until evenly smooth and incorporated together. Make sure there are no lumps.

Step 2: Take the moulds from the fridge (prepared with the biscuit base) and place an even amount of filling in each one.

Step 3: Place the moulds onto a baking tray, place the tray in the oven (middle shelf) and bake for 10 minutes at 130 degrees, until almost set.

Step 4: Take the tray out from the oven, place to one side until cooled down (below 5 degrees), then place into the fridge.

To make the base:

Step 1: Place all ingredients into a thick bottom sauce pan and heat slowly until boiling point (during the process continue to stir so as to ensure the chocolate does not burn). When the chocolate reaches boiling point continue to stir for two more minutes. Chocolate must reach a ribbon stage.

Step 2: Take off from the stove and pass through a fine sieve into a separate container.

Step 3: Leave to cool down to below 5 degrees and then store in the fridge.

Step 4: Remove the cheesecake from the metal ring (ensuring the tin foil has been discarded).

Step 5: Place the cheesecake into the middle of the plate and decorate with chocolate sauce and dulce de leche.

Step 6: Finally garnish with one portion of the coffee biscuit, (breaking a small piece off to crumble around the plate for a rustic feel as in the photograph).

Step 7: Serve immediately and enjoy.

Tickets are now on sale for the world’s greatest restaurant festival, Taste of London, which will return to London’s Regent’s Park between 21-24 June and celebrate the best of world class cuisine. To book tickets go to tastefestivals.com/london

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