Recipes Tagged ‘caster sugar’

chocolate orange cheesecake

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 | 4 Comments

preparation: 30min | difficulty:

© 2010 Tony El Batal

serving portion: 8 persons / 21cm springform tin


  • 250g plain chocolate biscuits

  • 125g butter, melted

  • 250g packet cream cheese, softened

  • 3/4 cup caster sugar

  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

  • 3 tsp gelatine

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 300ml thickened cream.

  • 250g bittersweet chocolate (orange flavored) bar

  • 1 orange slice


  1. Process biscuits until fine. Add melted butter, mix until combined.

  2. Press fine biscuits mixture evenly over base of 21cm springform tin.

  3. Melt the 2/3 of the chocolate bar; Dip 1/2 of the orange in the melted chocolate, then keep aside; For the contour of the cheesecake spread the melted chocolate with a spatula on a tray covered with parchment paper; place in the fridge for 5min; once the chocolate starts to thicken score equal size strips of 2cm width and 4cm height; Decorate the outline of the cheesecake. Attach the strips together from the inside by using the melted chocolate as a glue.

  4. Beat cheese, sugar and juice in large bowl with electric mixer until smooth and creamy; In a small sauce pan heat the water and sprinkle the gelatine; keep stirring until gelatine dissolves; cool 5 min. Whip cream until soft peaks form, fold into cheese mixture; fold in gelatine mixture.

  5. Pour the cheesecake mixture.

  6. Shave 1/3 of the orange chocolate on the top, place the orange you previously prepared.

  7. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight until set.


  1. I would go for mascarpone cream cheese it is buttery and creamy.


dates jam

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 | No Comments

preparation: 30min | cooking: 90min | difficulty:

dates jam

© 2010 Tony El Batal

serving portion: 2 Medium Jam Jars


  • 1kg large yellow dates

  • 500g sugar

  • 15g lemon juice

  • 3L water


  1. Peel the dates and add them to water.(1 hour).

  2. Boil water until dates are cooked.(1 hour).

  3. Let it cool then remove pits.

  4. Keep 200g broth aside, cover and leave overnight.

  5. Remove the dates and boil the sugar on high heat, stir for 10 minutes, add the dates and boil for 15 minutes.

  6. Add the lemon juice.

  7. Remove from heat and let cool.

  8. If you prefer, you can stuff each date with an almond.

  9. Pour into a glass jar.


  1. Peal the dates with the potato peeler.


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