Marwa’s Indulgent Oreo Cheesecake

Indulgent Oreo Cheesecake

  • Servings: 14
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A creamy, rich Oreo flavoured cheesecake which will impress your guests if only they knew how easy it was


Ingredients


500g Soft cheese / cream cheese
280ml Double cream
2 packets of Oreo original biscuits ~ 28 biscuits
100g of plain digestive biscuits OR more oreo original
80g icing sugar
80g of melted butter or spread

Directions

  1. Take one pack (14 biscuits) of Oreo and open each one up. Scrap the filling and leave to one side and put the biscuit into a bowl or food bag to be smashed.
  2. To the biscuit part of the Oreo, add the digestive biscuit and smash until they are crumbs.
  3. Add the melted butter/spread and mix until all the crumb is coated and a little sticky
  4. In your dish, spoon in the cheesecake base and press it against the bottom and the sides. Keep working this until all the crumb is flat against the bottom and sides. Put this in the freezer.
  5. Put the cream cheese and double cream in the mixing bowl and whip until the mixture is really thick/stiff peaks
  6. Add the Oreo filling and icing sugar, whip until incorporated.
  7. For the remaining packet of Oreo biscuit, keeping the Oreo whole, break each biscuit into smaller pieces and add to the cream mixture, mix this into the mixture, folding over a few times to incorporate the Oreo flavour into the mixture.
  8. Take the base out of the freezer, spoon and spread the cream mixture into the base and put in the fridge for 4 or so hours before serving

Nutrition

Per Serving: 509 calories; 30 g fat; 61 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 280 mg sodium. Also includes potassium, calcium and iron*

Extra notes:

Other items required:

  • something to smash in (see note below called ‘SMASH’)
  • something to smash with
  • a mixing bowl or two
  • a spatula or spoon
  • a nice container to hold your cheesecake
  • an electric whisk – or a very long time with a normal whisk

It’s Grease lightening!

You may want to grease your dish, I didn’t as I kept my cheesecake in there and the slices came out quite easily and cleanly.

It is all about the cheese

I always saw cheesecake recipes that were like cream cheese, and I just didn’t what that meant. For everytime I thought, why not try a cheesecake, I could never find an item labelled ‘cream cheese’. Fast forward to 25 years old, and my wonderful friend Yoanna makes me a cheesecake and says she uses ‘Soft Cheese’. And so, my cheesecake-making experiemental days has begun.

I use the cheapest own-brand tub of ‘soft cheese’ from the supermarket I can find and it works wonderfully!

SMASH

Again, recipes are like ‘Put in a plastic food bag and use a rolling pin to crush into crumbs – or use a food processor’. I had none of those things.

SO – plastic bowl and a heavy glass bottle and some care did the trick

Happy accident?

So you can just use an extra 100g of Oreo biscuits and buy three packets instead of two. But I didn’t do that because when I first made this I didn’t read the cooking instructions 😀

However! Now I always make my Oreo cheesecake like this because I like the marbelling effect – it’s completely up to you how you would like to proceed.

Ditch the vanilla

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to put vanilla flavouring into everything, it is already an indulgent flavourful dessert, the vanilla will just make it heavier.

Stiffness

When it comes to whipping the double cream and cheese, we want a nice thick mixture which doesn’t move about much. ‘Stiff peaks’ in the baking world. If you overwhip it, it starts to look grainy, so stop right there!

The dietary

Obviously this depends on the serving size and whether the data used was correct. This is not made to be a healthy dish but if you are worried and don’t mind the impact on flavour, you can reduce the sugar and biscuits used in the actual cream cheese mix, or wait patiently for my healthy vegan cheesecake alternative.

The origin

Part of this recipe came from my good friend Yoanna, and because there was no specifics to the recipe she gave me, I also used BBC Good Food’s Vanilla Cheesecake here. I’ve adapted the two to create my own version and its so delicious I named it after myself.


If you gave this a go, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see the photos in the comments below!


Social media got you down? Here are 7 tips to turn your feed more positive.

In this blog, we are looking at some practical solutions to a problem I’ve seen a lot of my friends complain about on social media about social media.

Right now, COVID-19 is sweeping the internet. Without careful thought, this might mean our newsfeed is crammed with content associated with the topic. In the age of fake news, dark humour, and poor mental health, constant negative stimulation is not healthy.

My biggest belief is that – for the moment at least – your feed is what you make it to be.

Here I share some tips which have helped me escape from the negativity and news interpretations. As a result, this has also brought more light and positivity to my daily scroll. It does take a little while to work as you declutter your feed but it was so worthwhile. It was far more efficient then temporarily switching off for a detox and then returning to the same content, only to repeat a few months down the line once you have had enough.

OKAY! So here are 7 tips to positify your social media for your Wonderlyfe.

  1. Firstly, I removed all the meme pages. Now stick with me here. Yes, we do need humour in our lives and feeds. BUT! And a massive but here, if those meme pages are filled with one of two things, I strongly suggest finding a more mentally healthy funny page to follow. This is, of course, in-line with my personal opinion and humour. My big nono types of meme pages are those which:
    • remind you of the bad things, that includes dark humour. It might be funny to joke about the COVID-19 but all it did was remind me that I can’t see my friends and family, that people are dying and are losing their livelihood.
    • consist of self-depreciating humour. Yes, I get it, I’m British-born after all and for some strange reason, we find self-depreciation jokes funny, our British sarcasm sends the room laughing at our expense, and we love it! But, doing that constantly overtime, your subconscious is fed with it and eventually starts to believe it. Similarly, ‘relatable’ oh-woe-is-me memes are often detrimental too if you are trying to take care of yourself.
  2. Give “News pages” the snip. Yes, we all need to be more “woke” but when I see the news I want it to be on MY terms. I don’t want it to pop up on my news feed when I least expect it or perhaps if I am feeling a touch fragile that day. And most importantly, I don’t want it to be from an ‘OMGNEWS’ site, I want to be able to actively go to a trusted website and read it when I am ready, with the mental capacity to take it in.
  3. Follow the positivity. This is as simple as finding what sparks your joy and positivity and just following it. Robin Sharma mentions in his book ‘The 5 am Club’ and also in his podcast the principle of using ‘Joy as a GPS’. We can apply this rule here, ask yourself the following questions:
    • Which of your friends sparks your joy? Who do you find inspirational?
      • Set your profile to prioritise seeing their posts.
    • Who are your positive role models, both within the realm of people you know and outside of it – celebrities, philosophists, leaders, health gurus?
      • You know what I am going to say, follow their pages and prioritise their posts on your feed.
    • Which places spark your joy? Where do you find relaxing or inspirational?
      • Find a travel page associated with this place and follow it
    • What activities spark your joy?
      • Find how-to and tips pages of those activities. For example, I love dancing and my feed is littered with dance choreography and tutorials which bring me joy.
  4. Take a secret break. For anyone you see who spouts a lot of news-related posts repeatedly, especially those which don’t come from a kind place, Facebook has a wonderful option to ‘Take a break’ and on Instagram, you can ‘Restrict’. This means you can stop seeing their posts without actually removing them as a friend or blocking them. This is the polite way of protecting your mental health without upsetting anyone. How British!
  5. Be brutal. If anyone has made me feel sad or bad in the past and perhaps there are unresolved issues, I did the same as number 4 or just removed them from my friend’s list but then also personally worked on my hurt or issues with that person. Whilst I work on my issues, I do not want to constantly see them on my feed.
  6. Just get rid. Anyone racist, homophobic, sexist, misogynist, Islamophobic or any other religious discrimination, ableist and any other form of discrimination gets removed and blocked. I don’t have the time, need or space for this kind of people in my life. And, if they are close friends who you don’t want to cut off, it’s time for a serious chat.
  7. Take one step further to follow the positivity. I love those cheesy motivational posts, and I love having constant reminders to take care of my self because I need them. It is also great to be given self-care ideas and tips regularly. So my advice is for a more positive health feed is to find those mental health positive and follow them, force those sickly sweet and inspiring messages on your feed every day.

Those are a couple of my tips to curate your newsfeed to be more positive and mentally healthy. I truly think social media is what you create of it. So, with a bit of time and effort, it can be used for greater positivity and encouragement.

For something that so many people spend so much time on, let is become a tool to progress you rather than hold you back.

Do you have any other tips on how to make your social media feed more healthy? Please share them below.