BAILEYS CHEESECAKE WITH CHOCOLATE & ALMOND BRITTLE

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This week’s recipe is an absolute show-stopper. Ideal for the festive season, this Baileys cheesecake with indulgent chocolate Oreo base and liberal topping of almond brittle, is sure to impress at any winter gathering.

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 8-10)

150g Oreo cookies, filling discarded
75g butter, melted
4 gelatine leaves
250g mascarpone
600g soft cream cheese
100g caster sugar
125ml (2 units) Baileys Original Irish Cream
2 tsp vanilla paste
200ml double cream

FOR THE ALMOND BRITTLE

100g caster sugar
50g almonds, sliced and toasted

1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line the sides and bottom of a 18cm springform tin with baking paper. Finely crush the Oreos using a bag and rolling pin. Tip the crushed oreos into a bowl and add the melted butter, stir well to combine, then press into the bottom of the tin using a flat-bottomed glass. Bake for 10 mins, remove and leave to cool completely.

2. Soften the gelatine leaves in cold water for 2-3 mins. Drain and place in a small bowl and add 1 tbsp water. Heat in the microwave for 30 secs or until melted. Stir and set aside.

3. Using a bowl with an electric mixer, beat the mascarpone and cream cheese with the sugar until smooth. Add the Baileys, vanilla paste, double cream and gelatin, and mix until thick and creamy. Scrape the mixture into the tin and smooth the top over. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

4. In a heavy frying pan, heat the caster sugar – keeping the heat low and letting it melt without stirring. While melting, put the almonds on a piece of baking paper. Keep swirling the pan to keep it from burning, then as soon as it’s melted, remove and pour over the almonds in a thin layer. Allow to cool then crack into pieces, smashing some of the pieces with a rolling pin for smaller bits.

5. Unwrap the cheesecake and put on a plate. Sprinkle the brittle over with a few shards on top.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to send us your creations in a Tweet or Instagram.

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