Tim Tams are an Australian food icon.
It has been a long time since I’ve made a cheesecake. They take a little bit of assembly, but it is worth the effort.
Don’t be put off making this because Tim Tams aren’t available where you live. There are lots of other options. In the UK ‘Penguins’ are more or less identical. In the USA, you can get Tim Tams in stores like Cost Plus World Market but you could also substitute chocolate-covered Oreos.
I particularly love how using the Tim Tams make the base of this cheesecake just slightly chocolatey, and they give the added crunch of the ‘rubble’ on top.
Ingredients – makes a large cheesecake:
- 1 packet (200g/7 oz) original Tim Tams
- 120g/4 oz plain cookies, such as Milk Arrowroot
- 100g/3.5 oz unsalted butter, melted
- 500g/1 lb cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 2 teaspoons powdered unflavoured gelatine
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1 cup thickened (heavy/double) cream
- 100g/3.5 oz milk chocolate, melted
- Spray a 23cm/9 inch spring-form pan with cooking spray.
- Put two-thirds (about 7) of the Tim Tams plus the plain cookies in your food processor and pulse until you have crumbs. Tip into a bowl then add the melted butter and stir. The mixture should look like wet sand.
- Transfer to the prepared spring-form pan and spread then press to form an even crumb base. Put into the freezer whilst you make the filling.
- Put the cream cheese into your electric mixer and beat until smooth. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat again until combined.
- Put the boiling water into a small bowl and add the gelatine. Stir until the gelatine has dissolved.
- Add the gelatine mixture plus the cream to the mixer bowl and beat to combine with the cream cheese.
- Slowly fold in the melted milk chocolate.
- Pour the filling into the spring-form pan on top of the crumb base. Smooth the top. Cover the pan in cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or overnight if you prefer.
- Carefully remove the cheesecake from the pan and transfer to your serving plate. Cut up the remaining Tim Tams using a small sharp knife and then decorate the top of the cheesecake.
- Serve and enjoy!