Harris & James chocolate cheesecake

Recipe from the new charity cookbook Cooking for One

Harris & James chocolate cheesecake


This recipe makes 2 - one for now and one for later in the week.

A new book has been launched to provide valuable support for those who have lost a loved one, along with practical advice on how to navigate one of the most difficult times of the day – mealtimes. 

Cooking for One features a host of recipes and stories supplied by those starting a new chapter in their life. They tell the story of their loved one and choose a recipe that is important to them. All profits will be donated to Cruse Bereavement Care, who supports more than 50,000 people dealing with grief each year.

 The book is the idea of Simon Beckett-Allen, co-owner of Rosedale Funeral Home which has bases in Norfolk and Suffolk. He was inspired to create it in memory of his late sister, who was a chef. Simon said: “Those who have opened up about their grief have told it as it really is and not what they think people want to hear. They tell you what has helped and the lessons they have learnt along the way.”



  1. Crush the biscuits – they should have the consistency of breadcrumbs.

  2. Melt the butter and combine with the maple syrup. Stir in the crushed biscuits, then press into a small ramekin to form the base. Refrigerate.

  3. Shave off a small amount of chocolate and set aside to decorate the cheesecake.

  4. Melt the chocolate and set aside to cool.

  5. Whip the cream with a hand mixer until soft peaks begin to form. Fold in the cooled chocolate until well combined. Set this aside.

  6. In a new bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.

  7. Combine the cream cheese and chocolate-cream mixture, folding gently until well combined.

  8. Take the base out of the fridge and pour mixture over the top.

  9. Refrigerate for approximately 40 mins until mixture has set.

  10. If you managed to resist eating the chocolate shavings, decorate the top with them now. Enjoy!

  11. Dust with a little icing sugar or chocolate powder for presentation and serve with or without cream.

  12. These can be made in advance and frozen for up to three months. They take two hours to defrost, or overnight in the fridge.


Cooking for One is available in hardback for £20 from any branch of Rosedale Funeral Home or online at rosedalefuneralhome.co.uk/cookingforone. 

The website also has a list of bookshops and partners who are kindly selling the book. 

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