Black Sesame Halva Cheesecake

Khanh Ong

Ingredients:

  • 250g sweet chocolate biscuits
  • 125g butter melted
  • 500g cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 600ml thickened cream
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk powder

To Serve:

  • Ground pistachios
  • Dried Rose petals
  • Raspberry coulis

Method:

  1. Process biscuits until finely crushed. Add butter and mix well.
  2. Press biscuit mixture into the base of a greased and lined 20 cm springform tin. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. In stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, 4 tablespoons of the black sesame tahini, vanilla and caster sugar until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add thickened cream and beat until batter becomes stiff. Pour into prepared tin, place prepared halva circle* on top and refrigerate overnight.

Halva:

  1. To make the Halva, in a medium bowl mix together the remaining black sesame tahini, icing sugar and milk powder. knead for a few mins until a dough-like consistency forms. Roll out to 20cm diameter circle between two sheets of baking paper. Place in refrigerator to set (about 30mins).
  2. Tip: make this first so it has enough time to set by the time you need to place it on top of your cheesecake.
  3. To serve: spread a layer of ground pistachios on top of the cheesecake, and scatter rose petals. Remove from tin, slice and serve with raspberry coulis (if using).

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