Irish Cream Cheesecake: An Irish Twist on a Delicious Global Delicacy!
The uniquely Irish flavor in Irish cream cheesecake is - you guessed it! - Bailey's Irish cream. While there are many variations to this dessert, the core recipe is simple and easy to make at home.
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Ingredients for Cheesecake with Irish Cream
FOR THE CRUST
- ¼ cup of granulated sugar
- 1 ¼ cup almonds
- 10 crushed graham crackers
- ¾ stick of butter
FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FILLING
- 1/3 cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream
- ½ lb of cream cheese, room temperature
- 3 ounces of white chocolate
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
FOR THE TOPPING
- 1.5 ounces of grated white chocolate
- 1 ½ cup of sour cream
- ¼ cup of powdered sugar
- Slivered or grated almonds to sprinkle on top
Irish Cream Cheesecake: Preparation
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
START WITH THE CRUST:
- Butter a 9-inch springform pan.
- Use a food processor
to grind sugar, crackers and almonds. Add melted butter and blend together.
Press crush into the bottom of the pan, then allow to refrigerate
for 20-25 minutes.
THEN THE FILLING:
- Use a mixer to beat sugar and cream cheese together in a
large bowl until mixture is smooth.
- In a small bowl, whisk together vanilla,
eggs and Bailey’s Irish Cream, just until lightly blended. Beat cream cheese
and egg mixture together.
- In food processor, chop white chocolate finely. Fold
chocolate into the filling. Then, carefully transfer the cream cheese filling into
the pan on top of the crust.
- Bake at 325 until the center is set and
the edges of the filling puff up – approximately 50 minutes.
- Remove from oven
and cool on a wire rack.
FINALLY THE TOPPING:
Once the cheesecake has cooled, mix together powdered sugar and sour cream
in a small bowl. Spread on the top of the cheesecake.
Allow to refrigerate for
approximately six hours. Before serving, sprinkle the almonds and grated white
chocolate on top as an edible garnish.
A Few Variations You Can Try
Of course, you can have a bit of fun with your Irish cream cheesecake by
trying a few variations and fun serving suggestions.
One great idea is to
substitute dark chocolate for white chocolate in the cream cheese filling,
adding a rich chocolate flavor to the Irish cream.
Or consider a mind-flavored sauce or frosting in the shapes of Ireland...
For a different crust, consider using chocolate cookies or cinnamon graham
crackers instead of the traditional graham crackers. You may also want to use walnuts or some other type of nut.
A vegetable peeler or small knife can also be used to create
chocolate curls, instead of grating the chocolate for the garnish.
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