Look, what I’m bringing you today isn’t health food in the slightest. Nope. Like at all.
But, oh man, it’s so darn good. Creamy, not too heavy, smooth, sweet, crunchy and it tastes like a huge bowl of cookies and cream ice-cream (I was told by my testers it is better than the Haagen-Dazs version, mind you, it is that good, I mean, I’d never lie to you when it comes to cheesecake ok?)
But does it mean that you can’t eat this if you’re looking what you eat/on a diet/a health nut/etc…? No, no and NO. We truly believe that the key to a healthy, well-balance diet is to allow yourself a couple of special treats every now and then, it doesn’t matter if they aren’t the healthiest, skinniest desserts you can think of; just go ahead and enjoy every bite of it without feeling guilty, because you sure deserve it 😉
Having made it that clear, let me tell you that this is my favourite not-so-skinny-jeans-friendly-treat ever. Even though there’s quite a lot of cream in the recipe, it doesn’t feel heavy on the slightest, which makes this a perfect end to every meal. It’s super creamy, luscious and smooth (with the occasional crunch from the oreo bites, yum!) and the cream cheese adds a great tang which contrasts with the overall sweeteness beautifully.
And did I mention how easy and quick was this to prepare?? It is a win if you’re always short on time and look for a not too complicated dessert which can be made ahead of time.
I absolutely cannot find something I dislike about these mini-cakes (except for, maybe, the nutrition facts ;)), so go and prepare it, gulf it down and do not worry about it, because you can always run an extra mile tomorrow, can’t you? 😉
Now, here’s the recipe, adapted from Cemplang Cemplung:
(Yields 10 mini-cheesecakes like the one pictured)
16 oreo (cookie and filling), crushed
50 gr. melted butter (I used light because it was what I had on hand)
200 gr. light cream cheese
350 ml. heavy whipping cream
95 gr. sugar
2 gelatine sheets
12 oreo cookies, made into pieces
For the crust, mix oreo crumbs and butter and put mixture in mini-pans. Let it chill on the fridge while you prepare the filling.
Hydrate gelatin sheets in cold water. Beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Now, whip cream until stiff. Squeeze excess water from the gelatin sheets and dissolve in 1 tbsp. hot water. Add gelatin to cream cheese (which should be warm, or else lumps will form). Fold in whipped cream carefully. Now, add oreo pieces and spoon the mixture into the mini-pans.
At this point, you can either chill the mini-cheesecakes until firm or freeze them for a couple of hours for an ice-cream like treat (which is what I did, it’s better that way)
I really do hope you give this stuff a try, you won’t regret it.
Question of the day: what’s your favourite not-so-healthy treat? 🙂