Gluten Free Mulled Wine Cheesecake

I had a bit of fun with this one.

Least of all because I’ve had to make 2 cheesecakes, but also getting to munch of some mulled wine jelly! Don’t get me wrong, the first cheesecake was indeed very nice – a baked cheesecake, but sadly lacking for me on overall depth of taste with the mulled wine. The no-bake cheesecake has for me, made the grade. A hint-and-a-hit of mulled wine. Just in time for the festive season. Or indeed to use up any spare at the end of the festive season. Waste not want not 😀

As this is to be made in 3 stages, some planning is required.

You’ll need 1 x 7” cake tin or similar tin in order for the jelly to set and with a little depth and fully lined with cling film to encase the jelly and ensure it sets. Then another 7″ deep, springform cake tin (lined) for the cheesecake.

Ingredients;

  • 200g gluten free shortbread biscuits (I used Sainsbury’s Free From) crushed into breadcrumbs
  • 70g melted butter
  • 360g full fat cream cheese
  • 170g double cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Speculaas Spice
  • 70g icing sugar
  • 380ml mulled wine
  • 3 sheets gelatine

To make the mulled wine jelly; put the sheets of gelatine into a small bowl and pour over with just enough water to cover. Leave for about 5 minutes to absorb the water and become floppy. Measure out 300ml of the mulled wine. Once floppy, gently squeeze the water out of the gelatine and place into a small saucepan. Over a gentle heat warm the gelatine to melt it to a liquid. This will only take a couple of minutes and don’t use a fierce heat – gently does it.  Then with a whisk, pour the mulled wine onto the melted gelatine and give a gentle whisk to ensure everything is mixed together. Pour into the prepared, lined tin and place in the fridge to set.

For the base of the cheesecake, mix the melted butter with the crushed up biscuits and press into the base of the springform cake tin and leave to set in the fridge whilst you make the filling.

Gently whisk the double cream with 30g of the icing sugar, 40ml of mulled wine and the speculaas spice. Don’t over whisk though or it’ll turn to butter.

Whisk the cream cheese with the remaining 40g of the icing sugar and the remaining 40ml of mulled wine. Then combine the 2 creams for a final whisk and blend, then scoop onto the set biscuit base. Cover with film and pop back in the fridge for a couple of hours for the cream mix to set.

Once you are ready to assemble remove the mulled wine from the fridge and using a suitable cutter, cut out your required shapes. For something a little different, I dredged the shape of the Christmas tree using a mix of a tablespoon of cocoa and 1/2 a teaspoon of speculaas spice.

To serve, and as you will have plenty of mulled wine jelly left, roughly chop this up and serve as a worthy accompaniment.

 

Gluten Free no bake Blackcurrant Curd Cheesecake Recipe

I do love a cheesecake! Baked or non baked. It’s all in the ‘buttery biscuit base’. Now I know a song about that! 😊  Anyway.

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Not sure where the idea for this came from, but certainly around the time I popped in to see the girls at ‘Darlington’s & Daughters’. Home of award-winning jams, curds  & pickles. Available to buy retail or even wholesale. AND during office hours (ish) you can pop into the factory and buy some there! Not a factory shop, but the range is available to buy for hard cash only. I will have to admit that, after I had used some curds previously and tweeted about them, I was given a couple of jars, of the as-yet-unavailable ‘Blackcurrant Curd’. Not even a fancy label yet. But believe me, it tastes fantastic. And until a release date of around August 2015 (ish), I shall just have to savour the 2nd jar for myself.

But back to the Gluten Free Cheesecake.

1 Jar of Mrs Darlington’s Blackcurrant Curd

360g Full Fat Cream Cheese

170ml Double Cream

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

50g Icing Sugar

180g Gluten Free Custard Creams (I used DS GF Custard Creams) – crushed into tiny little pieces….

80g Butter – Melted

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Firstly, mix the tiny weeny, gluten free breadcrumb, biscuit mix with the melted butter and press firmly into the base of the tin. I used a 7″ quick release cake tin with a removable base. Leave this to set in the fridge for at least a couple of hours, or overnight if you are planning ahead.

Once this gluten free biscuit base has set – You’ll need 2 mixing bowls. In 1, whisk the cream cheese and the icing sugar until combined. In the other, whip the cream. But. Not completely. You only need to whisk this until it has started to thicken. You are going to whisk again and if you over whisk the cream, you’ll get what’s also called, butter. And the cheesecake won’t taste very nice. Bitter in fact 😞. Whisk then, the cream and the cream cheese mix together until combined.

To create the two-tone effect split the new cream cheese mix in half. Whisk 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into one half. And in the other half,whisk in about half the jar of the Mrs Darlington’s Blackcurrant Curd. Again don’t over whisk. Just enough to bring th ingredients together to have an uniformed colour.

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To assemble. Firstly take 1 tablespoon of the curd and place into a piping bag ready to decorate as in the picture. Then spread the remaining Blackcurrant Curd on the gluten free biscuit base. This curd is quite firm and spreads very well. Then onto this, spread the vanilla flavoured cream cheese mix and then finally the Blackcurrant flavoured mix. Tap on the work surface to remove any air holes and so the mix settles flat. Spread the mix on top, to ensure a flat surface to pipe on. Leave this then to firm up, covered, in the fridge for a couple of hours. Pipe on the remaining Curd mix as you desire. Then serve….and enjoy. Depending on how you cut this, you can get around 6 – 8 servings. It is quite rich.