Amarula Cheesecake

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Cheesecake for dessert? Who can’t resist! Cheesecakes seem to be one of those recipes that continually evolve over time, with so many flavors now available; baked, unbaked; lemon; blueberry, strawberry, vanilla and the list goes on. A search of Wiki will show you all the variations based on country of origin.
It all comes down to your personal preference/taste.
Forget the frozen Sara Lee cheesecakes you can buy from your local supermarket, home made cheesecakes are something special and are always a hit at dinner parties, work functions, BBQs etc
It may not be Paleo approved, but it’s Christmas and that means a little bit of indulgence in all things nice is allowed, I’m sure you would agree 🙂
After making this for an early family Christmas, I had a request to make this for someone’s birthday at the end of January 🙂

Ingredients

Base:

125 g melted butter

2 packets gluten free biscuits (Arrowroot or Ginger are good options)

 Filling:

500g g Philly Cream Cheese

200g g castor sugar

22 g Gluten Free corn flour

2 eggs

5 egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla extract

150 ml Amarula Liqueur available from Dan Murphys or BWS (a fruit and cream based liqueur)

*for a non gluten free option you could replace the Amarula with Baileys Irish Cream flavor of your choice

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Topping:

70 ml cream

1 shot Amarula Liquer and 1 shot for the chef 😉

240g or 1 packet of Cadbury Melts white chocolate

Fresh strawberries or maraschino cherries, mint leaves and freshly whipped cream for garnishing

Preheat the oven to 200˚C.

Base:

Using a food processor, crumble the biscuits and while doing so, pour in the melted butter.  Combine well. Then, using your hands, press the biscuit crust into the base of a spring form cake tin. Place in the fridge to set hard.

Filling:

Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy, and while beating continuously, add the sugar and then the flour. Mix in the vanilla extract, the eggs and the Amarula. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake in the preheated oven for five minutes, then reduce the temperature to 100˚C and bake for 60-75 mins or until middle has allmost set.

Allow to cool in the oven before taking it out.

Topping:

In a saucepan add the cream and Amarula

On a low to medium heat, bring the Amarula and cream to the boil, lower the heat and add the white chocolate until starting to melt

Remove from heat and mix together until smooth and then pour it over the cake.

Place in fridge, preferably overnight

Garnish with fresh strawberries or maraschino cherries, mint leaves and freshly whipped cream.

Serves 12

Recipe adapted from Amarula Cheesecake
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