Lime and chocolate cheesecake

This month’s We Should Cocoa Challenge is hosted by Chele over at Chocolate Teapot and she decided that lime would be this month’s magic ingredient.  I had lots of ideas, including a lime flavoured chocolate cake with lime buttercream, (which sounds so delicious I think I might just make it yet), but yesterday was my turn to make Sunday lunch and I fancied making a cheesecake. I used a similar recipe to the successful cherry cheesecake Mr OC made not so long ago, but added plenty of grated rind and juice of lime.  The chocolate has taken a bit of a back seat just making a cameo appearance in the crust and a light grating on the top.  The reason for this is that my folks are not big fans of chocolate (how I manage to be their daughter I am not sure!).  But the presence of chocolate just about shines through.

This time I cooked the crumb base, but it is not really necessary.  I did it this time because I used Hob Nobs and I thought the oats might make a sort of flapjack base.  I was right.

This cheesecake is zingy and refreshing and makes a lovely end to a roast dinner.  You could say it is a light dessert, but that is then counteracted if you follow it up with a serving of apple crumble and then a serving of crème caramel – oops!  Oh well, it was a Sunday.

200g chocolate coated biscuits ( I used chocolate Hob Nobs)
100g butter, softened

400g cream cheese, at room temperature
50g icing sugar
finely grated zest and juice of 2 limes
300ml double cream

To decorate – the finely grated rind of 1 lime and some finely grated chocolate


Place the biscuits into a food processor and whizz until crumbs.  Add the butter and whizz again until well mixed. (If you don’t have a food processor then place the biscuits into a food bag and bash with a rolling pin or a can.  Melt the butter in a small pan and add the biscuit crumbs and mix well. )

Press the crumbs into a 20cm springform tin, making sure they are well pressed down.  Now you can leave it like this or you can bake it in a preheated oven at 180 °c, gas mark 4 for 6-8 minutes until lightly golden.  Leave to go cold.

In a large bowl mix together the cream cheese, icing  sugar and the rind and juice of 2 limes.  In another bowl lightly whip the double cream and then combine with the rest of the ingredients.  Spread this over the crumb base, levelling with a palette knife.  Place in the fridge until you are ready to serve.  When you are ready to serve grate over the rind of one more lime and a chunk of chocolate.

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24 thoughts on “Lime and chocolate cheesecake”

  1. I think chocolate and lime is a wonderful combination. Your cheesecake looks lovely – beautifully decorated.
    Did you make all three puddings?

    1. Thank you Lou, no I felt lazy this week and just made the one, my mum made the creme caramel and my neighbour made the apple crumble. We are a bit greedy on a Sunday, we don’t have desserts all week and then go to town a bit. We have been known to have a choice of five!

      1. What a good idea to limit your puddings to once a week but then really go for it! To be honest, I very rarely make a dessert of any kind – I really need to stop being so lazy. It would be much better for me to eat a lovely dessert rather than all the bars of chocolate instead.

  2. Oooh yum I do love the chocolate and lime combination. Have you ever had those chocolate lime sweets?
    Its so hard to believe your folks are not big fans of chocolate, but i bet they didn’t say no to a slice of this delightful cheesecake, albeit with a little choc.
    You have encouraged me to submit a lime and choc dish. There is one I have been wanting to make for a while and i think You Shoudl be so Cocoa has given me the perfect excuse to make it now.

  3. You and you’re Sunday lunches – I will make it up there one day!

    You’re cheesecake looks lovely, though I am rather shocked at the lack of chocolate love amongst some of the members of your family. Haven’t used chocolate biscuits as a base before, so must try that sometime. I have been making chocolate and lime cheesecake for years though and love the combination 🙂

    I’m just about to make a chocolate and lime cake so am hoping the combination will work well there too.

    1. On the day you do make it up I will make sure that there are six desserts to choose from in celebration. I am rather shocked by my family not loving chocolate too -what are they thinking? Looking forward to seeing how that cake turns out.

  4. Wowee, that looks ever so lush!! And the perfect ending to a Sunday lunch too, I am sure everyone was delighted with this (and the others!) dessert. Thanks so much for taking part again ;0)

    1. I hadn’t really thought beyond the chocolate lime sweets that Mangocheeks mentioned, so it was a really good challenge. In fact there have been some really unusual pairings in the We Should Cocoa Challenge – dates, tea, limes. It’s a really inspiring challenge to be involved with. Oh I do love my Sunday lunches and of course Sunday puddings…

  5. This looks beautiful. I am the only cheesecake fan in our house (well, I’m sure our toddler would love it but I’m not sure I am ready for that!) but I think I’ll have to make this for some girlfriends. Your Sunday lunches sound wonderful!

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