NON-BAKE AMARULA CHEESECAKE

adapted from FoodieBaker.com
Ingredients(Makes a 9-inch round cheesecake)

200 grams digestive biscuits(about 13 McVities)
100 grams butter, melted
200 ml whipping cream(very cold)
150 ml Amarula cream liqueur
4 teaspoon gelatine powder
500 grams cream cheese, softened to room temperature
130 grams caster sugar
30 grams dark chocolate, melted

Preparation Instructions

Step 1: Using a food processor, process the digestives into sandy crumbs. Alternatively, if you don’t have a food processor, you can put them in a big bowl and crush them slowly with a glass. So therapeutic!

Step 2: Melt the butter over a low heat, then add the melted butter into the cookie crumbs. Stir till combined. The texture of this should be a little like damp sand.

Step 3: Press the butter and biscuit crumb mixture into a 9-inch springform pan to form an even layer. I learnt that putting a cake base in place of a springform pan base under the pan rim is more effective, especially if you mean to give the cake as a gift! No fuss over transfer of the cake! Pop this crust layer in the freezer while you prepare the other ingredients.

Step 4: Whip the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Be very careful with this step, because it took me about 3 cartons of whipping cream and a conversation with a chef before I FINALLY learnt how to whip cream correctly. The key is simply to freeze all the equipment beforehand (i.e the beaters and mixing bowl) as everything needs to be extremely cold to prevent the cream from splitting into butter. My other secret is to whip the cream over a bowl of iced water. Also, make very sure not to over-beat.

Step 5: Place the liqueur in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatine powder all over the surface. Leave this to stand for 3 minutes. Following this, place the small bowl in a pan/pot of simmering water, heating gently while constantly stirring till ALL the gelatine has dissolved into the liqueur.

Step 6: Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and cream cheese until light and fluffy (texture as shown in the picture).

Step 7: Strain the gelatine and liqueur mixture into the cream cheese and sugar mixture, mixing gently with a spatula.

Step 8: Fold in the whipped cream gently, making sure that everything is well-incorporated.

Step 9: Remove the springform pan containing the crust from the freezer. Pour all of the mixture onto the crust and smooth it out with a spatula.

Step 10: Melt the dark chocolate in the same way that the gelatine was previously melted – put the chocolate into a small bowl over simmering water. The rationale for this is to prevent the chocolate from burning! Once the chocolate has melted, scoop 10 cent-sized dollops of it over the cream cheese mixture. Using a skewer/toothpick, make random swirls all over the cake, taking care not to remove the skewer/toothpick till you are done swirling.

Step 11: Refrigerate the cake for a minimum of 5 hours, but preferably overnight to ensure that it is fully set. When ready to serve: dip a palette knife into hot water and dry it. Run the palette knife along the edges of the cheesecake and remove the pan rim gently.
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About dianelouw

I am a Christian stay at home mom. I may not be perfect, BUT Jesus thinks I'm to die for!!! Shy believe it or not. But once i get to know you - passop! Love to laugh and to mix with people and help people. Some would say - that sometimes its to my detriment. Love spending time with my parents and family. Very inquisitive and have lots of questions regarding the Lord which i constantly ask for help. I love reading, gardening, studying the Word of God, etc. Have discovered Kindle and i got a wish list for a Kindle by my husband lol. Have downloaded some very good classics and others from free. Sites that i belong to: http://www.knittingparadise.com/ look for Diane D http://www.ravelry.com/people/dianedlouw http://pinterest.com/dianedawnlouw/ Some favorite Quotes: Love me for me and not for what you want me to be... Deuteronomy 4:7 "No other nation, no matter how great, has a god who is so near when they need Him as the Lord our God is to us. He answers us whenever we call for help." Phillippians 4:13 - I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice
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