Caramelised chestnut cheesecake

Serves 2

Preparation time less than 30 mins

Cooking time less than 10 mins

100g/3½oz caster sugar
100g/3½oz vacuum-packed chestnuts
pinch salt
200ml/7¼fl oz double cream
150g/5½oz cream cheese
1 orange, peeled and finely chopped
butter, for greasing
pinch chilli powder
pinch black pepper
1. Place the caster sugar into a frying pan and cook over a medium heat until the sugar has turned a golden-brown colour, shaking the pan to help the sugar dissolve.
2. Add the chestnuts to the pan and stir the mixture to coat the chestnuts in caramelised sugar.
3. Pour the chestnuts onto a non-stick silicon mat and leave to cool.
4. In a large bowl, mix together the double cream, cream cheese and chopped orange.
5. Grease two 6cm/2½in chefs’ rings with butter and place them on a serving plate. Spoon the cream mixture into the chefs’ rings.
6. Use a blowtorch to heat the outside of the chefs’ rings; this will help release the cheesecake – you’ll be able to slide each one off the chefs’ rings easily.
7. Top with the caramelised chestnuts and sprinkle with chilli powder and a grinding of black pepper.
8. Serve straightaway or store in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

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