Its my sister-in-laws birthday (you know, the brave one that took a knife out of my hands at Christmas) and I couldn't think of a better idea than to make her a birthday cake, rather than a store bought one.
She is an absolute Nutella fanatic. So I started googling all different nutella cheesecake recipes. The cheesecake is because I made one last year and she asked if she could book one in for her birthday (its amazing what I remember…or don't). I looked at all different kinds, and despite our oppressive heat and humidity I pretty much disregarded the no-bake versions out of hand. I know, I'm a cheesecake snob, but I just love the baked varieties.
I found this recipe for a New York Baked Nutella Cheesecake and got excited. Seriously. Its like my three favourite things IN A NAME. I did have to make a couple of substitutions based on what I had, and what I was prepared to spend (marscarpone is EXPENSIVE!!).
So rather than 600g of jacob's digestive biscuits, I used 500g Arnotts Choc Ripple biscuits and made up the difference with teddy bear biscuits. I stand by my choice.
And instead of 600g of marscarpone and 600g of cream cheese, I used 500g marscarpone and 700g cream cheese.
I didn't simmer my nutella jar, but I did fill my sink with hot water and sit the jar in that. (Hubby's idea, he's an ideas man). It worked just fine.
Oh, and while I'm remembering, instead of putting the filling ingredients in a food processor (because it wouldn't fit) I used the kitchenaid and did it that way. Much bigger capacity for 1.2kg of cheese and assorted other ingredients.
I checked the cake after 2.5hrs, and it was NOWHERE NEAR cooked. So after being told repeatedly by hubby that we have nowhere to be and to not stress, I put it back for another hour.
At which point, while a skewer did come out clean, the cake looked terrible. It had risen quite high, and cracked very badly, a section at the back had fallen off onto the base of the oven, and to be honest I felt beaten. I left it to cool down and hoped when I came back I would be able to inact the 'disguse the ugly bits' plan Hubby had come up with.
I will admit to being impressed by the height of the biscuit crumb. Even if I'm nervous about how we will cut it.
A second quick trip to the grocery store and we were in business with 'disguise the ugly top' plan.
Whipped cream and some flake crumbs later and I had a cake I am still extremely proud of.
It's a little grown up for the kiddies, but for us grown ups, it's smooth and lush and everything a cheesecake should be. If it's not oppressively hot where you are….you need to make this!