I was sitting around trying to think what could be better to bring to a food blogger's party than the masses of Sweetness marshmallows I had brought in the past. I didn't want to be a one trick pony. Then I spotted my shiny new blowtorch out of the corner of my eye.
ginger nut), a rich chocolate cheesecake and topped off with a thick layer of marshmallows, which were to be toasted with my blowtorch right before it was served. I may have done a little jig, I was that excited about it.
I was lucky enough to pick up vanilla bean, strawberry and gingerbread marshmallows, and they toasted perfectly under the blowtorch flame. They had a crisp golden toffee layer on top, and were all warm and melty underneath. This is my new favourite recipe for a dinner party dessert, especially because you have the fun of torching the top of the cheesecake in front of your guests, which is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
S'mores Cheesecake (Chocolate & Toasted Marshmallow Cheesecake)
(adapted from Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Cheesecake)
250g digestive biscuits
120g melted butter
90g dark chocolate, chopped (I used Lindt 70% but you can use a sweeter one if that is too bitter for you, I had to add extra sugar)
250g cream cheese, softened
90g caster sugar
1 tbsp custard powder
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
75ml sour cream
1/4 tsp cocoa, dissolved in 1/2 tsp hot water (not sure if you really need this to be honest)
Large marshmallows, either store bought or homemade, I used approx 20
Crush biscuits in a food processor or smash up in a zip lock bag. Add butter and process until the crumbs are damp. In a 20cm springform tin, press crumbs down to make an even base and then place in the freezer while you make the cheesecake filling.
UntoastedIf you aren't lucky enough to have a blowtorch, before slicing up the cheesecake you can stick it under the grill for a few minutes until the marshmallow layer goes golden on top, but make sure you don't burn it. Serve while the marshmallow is still warm and melty.