Cheesecake is probably our favorite dessert. We opted for a Key Lime Cheesecake when we got married instead of the traditional dry wedding cake that is often served. There’s just something about the creamy sweet feel of cheesecake.
I have made it several times, but it takes some time and patience. I am not always patient. It may be because cheesecake can be difficult. It’s not impossible, it just takes a gentle touch and a lot of prayers. I think the hardest part is baking it so it doesn’t crack. Cracks just ruin the visual.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I thought I would share my recipes for Irish Cream Cheesecake. It’s a delicious treat and one I haven’t made in a long while.
Irish Cream Cheesecake
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1hour and 20 minutes
Ready in: 1 1/2 hours and 20 minutes
You need 1 9 inch spring form pan for this recipe.
1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup butter (melted)
3 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese softened
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
For the crust: In a large bowl mix the cookie crumbs, confectioner’s sugar and 1/3 cup cocoa. Add the melted butter and stir til well mixed. Pat into the bottom of the spring form pan. Bake for 10 minutes then set aside.
Increase the oven temperature to 450 degrees ( 230 degrees C)
In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, white sugar, flour and 1/4 cup cocoa. Beat at a medium speed until well blended and smooth. One at a time add the eggs, mixing well after each one, but not over worked. On a low speed blend in the sour cream and Irish cream liqueur. Poor over the baked crust.
Place the spring form pan in a large roasting pan, then pour water into the pan to half way up the spring form pan. This will help keep the cheesecake from cracking.
Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temp to 250 and bake for another 60 minutes.
When you remove it, loosen the cake from the rim of the pan with a knife. Let it cool and remove the rim. Chill before serving. If it cracks on you, you can take a damp spatula and smooth the crack then dust with chocolate cookie crumbs.
You can serve this with some fresh whipped cream or a drizzle of chocolate sauce. It is really good!
Serve this up with a cup of Irish Coffee.