Last updated on May 15th, 2018 at 02:41 pm

Pull out all the stops with this deluxe recipe for Chocolate Cheesecake, topped with Salted Caramel and frosted berries


For the base:
200g coconut biscuits
50g hazelnuts
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons icing sugar
90g melted butter

Cheesecake filling:
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons lukewarm water
150g dark chocolate, melted and cooled
80g (1/3 cup) Nutella chocolate spread
230g x 2 tubs full fat cream cheese
250g crème fraîche
160g castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
400g mixed frozen blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
Kalahari desert sea salt flakes, to serve

How to
Preheat the oven to 160º C.

Starting with the base, place the biscuits, hazelnuts, cocoa powder and icing sugar in a processor. Blitz until fine breadcrumb texture.

Add the butter and process until combined.

Press the biscuit mixture into a greased and lined 22cm round springform cake tin. Wrap the base of the tin with clingfilm and then with a sheet of tinfoil. Chill while you prepare the filling.

Combine the cocoa and water to form a paste.

Add the cooled chocolate and Nutella to the cocoa paste and whisk together.

Place the cream cheese in large mixing bowl and beat until softened.

Add the crème fraîche and whisk until incorporated.

Add the castor sugar and vanilla to the cream cheese, beating again to combine.

With the mixer on low, add the eggs and whisk until incorporated.

Finally add the chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. Pour the filling over the base.

Place the cheesecake in a large roasting tin and top up with boiling water until the level is halfway up the side of the cake tin.

Bake for about 1 hour, 20 minutes until the top is just set.

Cool in the oven for an hour with the door ajar.

Remove from the oven, peel away the foil and allow to cool completely before chilling overnight.

Un-mould the cheesecake and place on a cake stand. Pour over half the caramel.

Pile the frozen fruit on top and drizzle with remaining caramel.

Scatter over a the sea salt flakes and serve.

Recipe provided by Bibby’s Kitchen @ 36, a food blog by Dianne Bibby. For more details on monthly cooking classes hosted in Johannesburg, email

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