Q: I was recently at Wickedfood where we made a fantastic cheesecake, I wanted to know is it possible to replace the lemon and orange zest and juice with other flavours such as chocolate especially white chocolate?

A: Yes definitely, cheesecakes are fantastic dessert’s or high tea snacks and are  really easy to make (with a fridge cheesecake being the easiest as apposed to a baked one.) There are really no limitations to making cheese cake find a recipe that works well for you and then try replacing the flavourents ie: orange zest, lemon zest, berries etc…with flavours of your choice.

On Sunday the 28th June Wickedfood Cooking School will be teaching an “all you need to know” class on chocolate where we will be doing: Chocolate cakes, glazes, Chocolate truffles, biscuits, chocolate brownies and chocolate mousse.

Here is a recipe for one of the most decadent fridge cheesecakes around. The mixture is ideal for a 28cm spring form pan. Serve as a dessert, with a nice acidic berry coulis, or each wedge, drizzled with passion fruit pulp, which will cut through the sweetness.

200g tennis biscuits, crumbed
125g butter, melted

500g white cooking chocolate
250ml cream
250g cream cheese
250g mascarpone cheese
1 lemon, the rind and juice of (optional)

Berry coulis or passion fruit pulp

1.    Mix together the crumbed biscuits and melted butter. Press the biscuits melted butter mixture into the base of a 28cm spring form tin. Place in the fridge and allow to chill.

2.    Place the chocolate and cream in a bowl and then melt the chocolate by either placing the bowl on top of hot water, or in the microwave at 30 second intervals on full power, stirring between intervals (do not allow the mixture to come to the boil).

3.    Once the chocolate has melted, allow the mixture to cool slightly and then whisk in the cream cheese, mascarpone and lemon, if using, until smooth and well blended.

4.    Pour the mixture over the biscuit base and place back in the fridge to set overnight.

5.    Serve each slice of cake, drizzled with berry coulis or passion fruit pulp.

Wickedfood Cooking School

Sunninghill – (011) 234-3252sunninghill@wickedfood.co.za

Wickedfood Cooking School Johannesburg runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built cooking studios. Classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our classes are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and team building cooking classes these classes are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.