Will Torrent's recipe for White Chocolate Cheesecake with Strawberries and Basil

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We're big fans of WIll Torrent's chocolate-inspired recipes and we adore this one for White Chocolate Cheesecake with Strawberries and Basil.

will torrent white chocolate cheesecake with strawberries & basil

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After starting his career aged just 16 working for experimental TV chef Heston Blumenthal, Will has gone from strength to strength. He's won numerous awards and his fans include Heston, Jamie Oliver and Tom Kerridge. Now, Will has brought out his second book, Chocolate At Home.

It tells you all you need to know about cooking with chocolate and the techiques your need to make everything from chocolate fondants, biscuits, ice cream and puddings.

'This baked cheesecake is made with white chocolate and cream cheese for a lovely open, yet creamy, texture,' writes Will.

'The base is made with biscotti cookies which give a great crunchy texture but also a delicious flavour.

'Topped with a strawberry salad tumbled with baby basil and olive oil that cuts through the richness of the cheesecake, it is a wonderful dessert for a summer party.'


  • 175g plain biscotti
  • 75g unsalted butter, melted
  • 175g white chocolate, chopped
  • 600g full-fat cream cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 300ml soured cream
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 1tbsp cornflour
  • 1tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Freshly squeezed juice and grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 250g strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 small bunch baby basil
  • 4–5tbsp fruity extra virgin olive oil
  • You will need a 20cm/8ins round springform cake pan, greased and lined with baking parchment


1 Preheat the oven to 170°C/300°F/gas 3.

2 Crush the biscotti in a freezer bag using a rolling pin and tip into a large mixing bowl. Pour the melted butter into the crumbs and stir to combine. Tip the mixture into the prepared pan and press into an even layer with the back of a metal spoon to form a base.

3 Bake on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 5 mins. Remove and set aside to cool. Do not turn the oven off.

4 Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan or pot of barely simmering water. Stir until smooth and glossy and remove from the heat.

5 Put the cream cheese, eggs, soured cream, sugar and cornflour into a food processor and whizz until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, then add the vanilla, lemon juice and zest and whizz again.

6 Carefully pour the mixture into the pan on top of the baked biscotti base. Place on a baking sheet and bake on the middle shelf of the still-warm oven for 40 mins, or until just set.

7 Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it cool completely before chilling in the fridge.

8 To serve, mix the hulled and quartered strawberries together with the baby basil leaves and extra virgin olive oil. Heap the drowned strawberries on top of the chilled cheesecake and serve in slices.

Nutrition Information

Serves 8-10

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