It's a simple, set cheesecake using cream, cream cheese and sugar, but adapting Simon's fabulous recipe to make a really delightful dessert with the wow factor.
This can also be adapted using different fruits. I made one using the juice of fresh blackberries for the jelly topping and a swirl of my own bramble jelly running through a vanilla cream cheese. Very nice, but the orange and lemon is always my favourite.
For the cream and base
300g of cream cheese (Philadelphia or Quark)
50g of caster sugar
Juice of 2 medium sized oranges and fine zest of half an orange
100ml double cream
200g biscuits (50/50 digestive and plain Hob Nobs)
For the jelly
200ml of freshly squeezed orange juice
Juice of half a lemon
Two sheets of gelatine (vegetarian if you can get it – then everyone's happy)
Finely grate zest of half an orange and put aside.
Squeeze the juice of two oranges into a small saucepan or milk pan and gently heat until the juice is reduced to a medium thick syrup of about 40ml. It will take about 45 minutes or so. Then leave to cool off the heat.
While this is reducing, crumb biscuits with a rolling pin (in a freezer bag is good or by using a food processor, but don't allow the crumbs to get too fine)
Melt butter in a pan but do not allow to brown then mix with biscuit crumbs in a bowl until absorbed by all of the biscuit.
Put biscuit in an 8in sponge tin with removable bottom or better into a springform cake tin, with the bottom lined with cling film. Press mixture and level firmly with the back of a spoon. Put into fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Whisk cream and sugar until it just begins to thicken.
Whisk cheese/quark in a separate bowl then whisk together until creamy.
When cooled gradually add the orange syrup into the mixture, taking care not to make the mixture too sloppy. (If it goes sloppy just whisk more cream until thick and add).
Finally add the orange zest gently with a fork.
Before spooning onto the chilled biscuit base, take it from the tin and remove the cling film before returning it to the tin. Spoon the mixture evenly, making sure it goes right up to the edge of the tin. Level off neatly and return to fridge until set.
For the jelly
Put the orange and lemon juice into a small pan and heat gently (do not boil) and put the sheets of gelatin into a dish and cover with cold water while the juice is heating.
The juice needs to be heated just before boiling, just as tiny bubbles appear over the surface.
Remove from the heat and immediately pass through muslin (or clean fine kitchen cloth, like a J-Cloth) in a sieve and drain into a clean pan. Squeeze all the juice from the muslin with a spoon with care, making sure none of the contents mixes with the juice.
While the juice is still hot, lift the two softened gelatine leaves from the water, squeeze and add to the liquid and leave to cool to room temperature.
Once cooled, pour gently over the surface of your chilled cheesecake and return to fridge for around an hour.