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Turkish Delight Cheesecake Bars

These bars are an absolute delight.

Ingredients

Cheesecake

  • 200g ginger nut or vanilla cookies
  • 160g unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons gelatine powder
  • 375g cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated orange rind
  • 2/3 cup cream
  • 150g white chocolate
  • ½ cup pistachio kernels
  • Turkish Delight topping
  • 85g gelatine powder
  • 1 ½ cups boiling water
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp rose flavoring
  • 1 drop pink food dye

Turkish Delight Topping

  • 85g gelatine powder
  • 1 ½ cups boiling water
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp rose flavoring
  • 1 drop pink food dye

Steps

Cheesecake

  1. Grease a 6cm-deep, 19cm square cake pan. Line base and all sides with baking paper extending paper 5cm above each side.
  2. Place biscuits in a food processor. Process until coarse crumbs. Add butter and process to combine. Press biscuit into base of prepared pan. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Place water in a small bowl. Sprinkle over gelatin. Stir until gelatin dissolves. Cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar and orange rind until light and fluffy. With motor operating, gradually add cream, gelatin mixture and chocolate, beating until mixture thickens slightly. Stir in pistachios. Pour mixture into pan. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until just set.

Turkish Delight Topping

  1. To make the rose flavored jelly, add the boiling water into a large microwave safe bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the powdered gelatin and sugar over the top. Use a whisk or spoon to mix until well combined. Microwave for 2 minutes at a time, mixing each time until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Stir in rose water and pink food dye. Mix until well combined.
  3. Pour over cheesecake layer. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight until jelly is set. Carefully lift out of pan. Cut into squares. Serve.