I don’t particularly like traditional Christmas pudding, and years ago I decided that as long as I was cooking the Christmas meal, I would make a pudding I wanted. Sod tradition! The pudding I make most often is Christmas Crumble, which is always popular, and is sufficiently “Christmassy” to satisfy most people’s idea of what is acceptable on the day! I have, however, also made various trifles, and various chocolate-based puddings.
This year I was particularly indecisive. I wanted to do something that required minimal effort. A no-bake cheesecake was an option. Years ago there were many variations on a theme of cheesecake pots – little pots of cheesecake mixture, usually involving brandy, rum, or some kind of alcohol. I eventually found – in my gigantic trunk of recipes collected over the years – this one. In the end I didn’t make this for Christmas day as the numbers of my guests doubled and Christmas Crumble was an easier way to feed the masses.
I still had cream, and cream cheese which I had bought in preparation, to use up, and so this weekend I made these Cappuccino Cheesecake Cups. This recipe is so quick and easy, minimal effort. It is very adaptable in that the flavour (in this case coffee and chocolate) can be easily varied.
3 tablespoons light muscovado sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
450g cream cheese
150ml double cream, plus extra for decorating
3 tablespoons Tia Maria
Dark chocolate for decorating
Put the sugar and coffee granules in a food processor and blitz to a fine powder.
Soften the cream cheese and mix in the sugar & coffee mixture with the Tia Maria.
Add the cream and using an electric whisk, beat it all together until it is well mixed and thick.
Place an Amaretti biscuit at the bottom of a small glass and spoon the cheesecake mixture on top (it would look really neat if it was piped). Pour a thin layer of cream over the top and finely grate the chocolate to cover the cream. Refrigerate for a couple of hours to set.
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you a peaceful weekend 🙂