Chocolate amaretto cheesecake

    2 hours 20 min

    This is a rich and decadent cheesecake but is actually a very simple recipe that does not require baking. I 'discovered' it when I was trying to make a pud from ingredients I had in and had to improvise a bit! You can use whatever liqueur you like, but amaretto is my fave. I have given rough amounts but I honestly don't think they are that important.

    CalistaTardivel

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    Ingredients
    Serves: 8 

    • 200g sweet biscuits, such as Bourbon biscuits
    • 100g unsalted butter
    • 100g dark chocolate
    • 200g cream cheese, such as Philadelphia®
    • 250g condensed milk
    • amaretto liqueur, to taste

    Method
    Prep:20min  ›  Extra time:2hr  ›  Ready in:2hr20min 

    1. Blitz the biscuits in a mixer. If you don't have a mixer put them in a strong sandwich bag and beat them up with a rolling pin or hammer.
    2. Put the butter in a large bowl and melt in the microwave (about 1 minute on medium in mine). Add the biscuit crumbs and mix. The biscuits should be totally soaked in butter, making a soft but not liquidy base.
    3. Roughly line the bottom of a 23cm tin with baking parchment and press the biscuit mixture evenly across the bottom and 1 to 2cm up the sides. Put in the fridge.
    4. Melt the chocolate in the microwave (about 1 1/2 minutes on medium in mine) and allow to cool a bit.
    5. Whip up the cream cheese until nice and smooth. I do this in a blender, but you could use a spoon and elbow grease! Add the condensed milk.
    6. Combine the cream cheese mixture and chocolate. That works best if both liquids need are the same temperature. I do this by popping the cream cheese mixture in the microwave for a few seconds until it is warmed through and then adding it to the chocolate bit by bit.
    7. Add the liqueur generously - you want to be able to taste it.
    8. Get the base out of the fridge and pour in the filling mixture. You can decorate at this stage but if you want to put anything heavy on you should leave until it has set. Remember chocolate decorations don't like being in the fridge.
    9. Pop in the fridge to set. I got mine to set in about 2 hours by putting in the freezer. Don't worry if its still a bit squishy, I think this makes it even more decadent.

    Other ideas

    You could omit the amaretto for a child friendly version, or use another liqueur such as Baileys® or Cointreau®.
    To decorate, my fave is edible gold powder but you could use sprinkles, drizzled white chocolate or whatever you have to hand. I sprinkle over gold powder and then decorate with chocolate leaves once set.

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