Nutella Cheesecake

Silky smooth Nutella Cheesecake. You won’t be able to stop eating slice after slice!

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The weekend is right around the corner and I can’t think of a better or more delicious way to celebrate than with this amazing Nutella Cheesecake!

Seeing as you all share the same love for cheesecake, I knew I had to plan to share even more cheesecakes on the blog. I’m really proud of my No-Bake Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake. It was my first recipe to go to print and featured in one of my favourite magazines.

But this time I wanted to add even more Nutella goodness to the mix. I based this latest cheesecake creation on my Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake, of which I have been blown away by the positive response that recipe has gotten since I posted it.

For this Nutella version, I just swapped the melted chocolate orange for Nutella. This Nutella cheesecake is thick, creamy and has a beautiful mousse texture. I’ve never been a fan of baked cheesecakes, as they can be very heavy. No-bake cheesecakes certainly aren’t lighter in calories, but they are definitely lighter and fluffier in texture.

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The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the cheesecake to set. The cheesecake is delicious served on its on own, but I like to sprinkle the top with chopped toasted hazelnuts for extra decadence. You could decorate it with Ferrero Rocher, but to be honest, the cheesecake is pretty rich already without the need for any extra chocolate. 🙂

This recipe makes a massive cheesecake, so if you want you could half the recipe and make a smaller cheesecake, or even make cute little individual cheesecakes. I find this recipe perfect for entertaining because it can be made ahead of time, it serves lots of people and certainly has the wow factor!

I always have Nutella in my kitchen store cupboard. I’m literally addicted to it! I’m sure I’m not the only person who eats it by the spoonful straight from the jar? 😉

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(Serves 10-12)

Ingredients:

Biscuit Base –

300g digestives or graham crackers (Oreos can also be used)

140g unsalted butter

Nutella Cheesecake –

500g full-fat cream cheese, softened at room temperature

350g Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread

300ml double cream (heavy cream), chilled

50g (1/2 cup) icing (powdered) sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Decoration –

50g chopped toasted hazelnuts

Method:

  1. To make the biscuit base: Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor to a fine crumb. Add the melted butter and mix until well combined. Tip the biscuit crumbs into a 23cm springform cake tin and press down until firm. Use the back of a spoon or glass to smooth over. Then place in the fridge to chill whilst you make the filling.
  2. To make the cheesecake filling: In a medium mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese and Nutella until smooth and combined. In another mixing bowl whisk the cream, icing sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Fold the cream into the cream cheese Nutella mixture.
  3. Spread the cheesecake filling over the prepared base, smooth the top with palette knife or spatula. Cover and leave to set in the fridge for at least 6 hours, or preferably overnight for best results.
  4. To decorate: Once the cheesecake is set, decorate the top with the chopped hazelnuts. You could also decorate with Ferrero Rocher, but the cheesecake is pretty rich without the need for any extra chocolate! Then slice up and enjoy!

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When you dig into this cheesecake you will see how lusciously creamy it is! I chose to decorate this cheesecake with chopped toasted hazelnuts. I love the flavour the hazelnut topping adds and it also cuts through the sweetness.

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Enjoy!

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No-Bake Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake

This cheesecake is so easy to make and it tastes heavenly! It has a gorgeous buttery biscuit base, with a creamy mousse filling which is speckled with chopped Ferrero Rocher and is topped with a layer of Nutella and decorated with roasted hazelnuts. A very decadent dessert that’s perfect for simply any occasion. The only difficult part of this recipe is waiting for the cheesecake to set, but once you’ve had a slice of it you’ll find it really hard to stop eating it!

 

(Serves 10-12)

Ingredients:

Biscuit Base:

300g digestive biscuits

140g butter

Cheesecake Filling:

500g full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature – leave it out at room temperature for an hour to soften

85g icing sugar, sifted

300ml double cream, chilled

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

5 Ferrero Rocher chocolates, roughly chopped

Decoration:

4-6 (heaped) tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread (such as Nutella), for spreading or drizzling

25g chopped roasted hazelnuts

Ferrero Rocher chocolates – how many you want, I decorated with another 5

Method:

  1. To make the cheesecake base: Melt the butter in a small saucepan or in a microwave. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor to a fine crumb. Add the melted butter and mix until well combined. Tip the biscuit crumbs into a 23cm springform cake tin and press down until compact and firm. Use the back of a spoon or glass to smooth over, place in the fridge to chill whilst you make the filling.
  2. To make the cheesecake filling: In a medium mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese with the icing sugar until smooth. In another mixing bowl whisk together the cream and vanilla until soft peaks form. Fold the cream into the cream cheese mix. Finally, fold through the chopped chocolates.
  3. Spoon over the biscuit base and smooth over with a spatula or palette knife. Cover and leave the cheesecake to chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  4. Once the cheesecake has set, place the chocolate hazelnut spread in a small saucepan and melt over a low heat for 3-4 minutes until runny – be careful not to boil the Nutella or get it too hot.
  5. Allow the Nutella to cool slightly before spreading or drizzling over the top of the cheesecake. Finish by decorating with the remaining chocolates and some chopped roasted hazelnuts. Serve chilled. Cheesecake will store covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes:

  • You can add more chopped Ferrero Rocher to the cheesecake filling.
  • If you like your cheesecake sweeter, feel free to add more icing sugar to the cheesecake filling. I recommend adding around 150g instead of 85g. Check by tasting and adding more until it reaches your desired sweetness.
  • For the Nutella topping, I typically use 4-6 heaped tablespoons of Nutella. I find using 6 heaped tablespoons makes the topping easier to spread and makes sure there’s enough to completely cover the top.

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This recipe of mine was proudly featured in BBC Good Food magazine May 2014 and also available on BBC Good Food website.

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No-Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake 

Enjoy!

jess

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