She who dares bakes... Cheesecake

The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.

I do like a good cheesecake. The crunchy base, the creamy body and the the ability to carry a million and one flavours. Yum. That said, making 5 cheesecakes in the space of a week is still a little perverse. I blame a rare moment of disorganisation. Instead of checking the DB challenge at the start of the month, I only looked at it after I'd already made 3 citrus versions for a party earlier in the week. Ah well, one girl's disorganisation is the same girl's cheesecake overdose.

This month's challenge was particularly exciting as we were encouraged to get creative with the flavours. Having already eaten my body weight in digestive based cheesecake this week, I decided to use crushed amaretti biscuits for the base.

Miss AB, in the kitchen with a rolling pin...

I do like a nice amaretti biscuit, especially when covered in melted plain chocolate.

I often think that many a good cheesecake fails by having an insufficient crust to cheese ratio. Not for me this basic error:

I packed the chocolatey, almondy base into the tin and ended up with half the cheese mixture leftover (hello cheesecake number 5).

Rather than flavouring the cheese mixture with lemon, I used a couple of tablespoons of a liqueur that I'd bought on my trip to French Guyane.

Similar to Baileys, but richer, creamier and definitely more alcoholic, it added the perfect kick. I also swirled some left over melted chocolate through the mixture. Yum.

Using a water bath to cook cheesecake gives it the ideal 'cheesecake of your dreams' texture. Sadly I have often suffered from a soggy bottom when using this method. Jenny suggested using a disposable container rather than wrapping your loose bottomed tin in foil, but I decided to use a fixed bottom tin lined with cling film inside. The film doesn't melt, you can lift your cake easily and no wet bottoms. Yay!

This recipe was very successful. The filling was velvety, soft and rich and the almondy amaretti base changed the dynamic of the desert. It would be an ideal base for a coffee flavoured cheesecake. However, I think the recipe I'd used earlier in the week (based on a Nigel Slater recipe) produced a slightly better flavour and a lighter result so I think I'll keep it as my "go-to" recipe for now.

For the original cheesecake recipe go here. I replaced the Graham crackers with amaretti biscuits and added 150g melted plain chocolate to the base. I used my creamy liqueur instead of lemon juice and I swirled 50g melted chocolate through the cream mixture.
Check out the other dazzling daring bakers here.

PS A very, very big congratulations to everyone who took part in the London Marathon yesterday (including Mr AB). I hope everyone is replenishing their depleted energy stores with 5 cheesecakes today!


glamah16 said...

That liquor sounds awesome. I would have gobbled the whole cake. Was the liquor a cream based rum then?

breadchick said...

I'm with you! I like a good crust on my cheesecake. The liquor sounds quite interesting too.

creampuff said...

Hello! You can send some of that cheesecake my way!!!

Sam said...

You can never have too much cheesecake!

I like the amaretti biscuit idea and the swirled top looks great!

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Joy said...

Thanks Everyone.

Courtney - Yes it's like a creamy rum and is very potent...

Thanks Breadchick - I think lack of crust is where so many commercial cheesecakes go wrong!

Creampuff - believe me, if I thought it would survive the posting I would definitely ship you some. If only to save me from myself.

Thanks Sam - I love amaretti, so I end up incorporating them whenever I can!

nicole said...

Oh yum. I love a good amaretti based cheesecake crust, and mixing it with your Bailey's/Rum-like liquor sounds heavenly. I wonder if I could find some of that online...

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

uhmmmm...amazing :-P..and that liqueur should be fantastic in this cheesecake! ;-) does it matter if it's a little more alchoolic? :-D

have a good day!!

Angry Asian said...

your cheesecake looks divine and i admire that you baked 5 cheesecakes in a span of a week! when you say "cling film" do you mean the plastic wrap that you would cover food with to put in the fridge?

Jenny said...

Haha, I love your crust-to-cheesecake ratio answer. Thanks for trying it out, and five cheesecakes in a week? Wow.

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