An Oreo crust, an espresso-spiked batter and served with a Kahlúa whipped cream. This espresso cheesecake sure satisfies our sweet tooth.
I love coffee-flavoured desserts – they feel like a natural way to conclude a meal somehow – a cup of coffee in dessert form. And, I’d happily end a meal with this Espresso Cheesecake any night of the week!
Actually, you could describe its flavour as more Mochaccino than straight coffee. The coffee flavoured cheesecake sits on top of an Oreo cookie base – the perfect combination if you like your coffee spiked with chocolate as I do.
I found the recipe for the cheesecake on FineCooking.com, but did adapt it a fair bit, mainly because I didn’t want such a large cake. I reduced the cream cheese to two packages rather than three, and increased the creme fraiche component for a lighter, more tangy result. Given the reduced amount of filling, I also reduced the eggs from 4 to 3. If I’d had my thinking cap on, I ought to have used an 8 inch springform pan rather than a 9 inch one to compensate for the lesser amount of filling. I will next time…
It was also relatively light for a cheesecake, no doubt thanks to the addition of creme fraiche, and it wasn’t overly sweet either. The coffee flavour was subtle (which would suit most people I think), but if you want a stronger coffee hit you might consider increasing the coffee from 2 to 3 teaspoons. I served the cake with a Kahlua flavoured whipped cream and chocolate covered coffee beans.
Espresso Cheesecake with Kahlúa Whipped CreamSusan Knaap adapted from FineCooking.com
For the crust
- Click the link above.
For the cheesecake:
- 500 g 17.6 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
- 250 g 8.8 oz crème fraîche
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Pinch salt
- 1-1/4 cups caster superfine sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder if you have coffee granules, simply grind them with a mortar and pestle
- 3 large eggs at room temperature
- 300 ml heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon Kahlua liqueur
- 1 tablespoon icing sugar confectioner's sugar, or to taste
- Chocolate-covered espresso beans for garnish
For the cheesecake:
- Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 190°C (375°F).
- Make the crust according to the link above.
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, crème fraîche, flour, and salt on medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl and the paddle frequently, until very smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Make sure the cheese has no lumps (if you find there are lumps at the end, you can always strain through a sieve).
- Add the 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar and continue beating until well blended and smooth.
- Add the vanilla and instant espresso powder and beat until blended, about 30 seconds.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating just until blended (don’t overbeat once the eggs have been added or the cheesecake will puff too much and crack as it cools.)
- Pour the filling into the cooled crust and smooth the top.
- Bake until the center jiggles like jelly when nudged, 55 to 65 minutes. The cake will be slightly puffed around the edges, and the center will still look moist.
- Set on a rack and cool completely.
- Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 8 hours and up to 3 days.
For the coffee cream:
- Add the cream, Kahlua and icing sugar into a medium sized bowl, and whip until the cream is firm and will hold its shape when piped (but don't overwhip). Store in fridge until needed.
- Unclasp and remove the side of the springform pan and run a long, thin metal spatula under the bottom crust. Carefully slide the cake onto a flat serving plate.
- Garnish with piped coffee cream (keep the remainder to serve alongside) and chocolate-covered espresso beans and serve. To cut, run a thin knife under hot water, wipe it dry, and cut the cake into slices, heating and wiping the knife after every slice.
I'm Susan - food lover from the best little country in the world - New Zealand. I'm an 'accidental' cook who fell into it, hook, line and sinker when I turned the big 5-0. Not exactly sure why it happened; perhaps some previously defunct piece of DNA came good. Anyhow, I'm making up for lost time and spending countless hours in the kitchen cooking up a storm. Desserts are my Archilles heel, followed closely by good old-fashioned baking - it's good for the soul; not so much for the waistline!