This Baileys cheesecake, featuring Bailey's Irish Cream, is one of my favorite desserts for sharing with friends. It's great after dinner with coffee or even all by itself.
The recipe calls for Quark, but if, like me, you don't have an easy source and don't want to make your own, you can actually substitute cream cheese and it will be just as good.
I've done it this way and still loved it!
The coffee jelly glaze is a really nice touch and it makes a pretty impressive topping.
Between the coffee and the liqueur, this is definitely a dessert for the grown-ups, so be sure you have a kid friendly dessert on hand if kids will be in attendance when you serve it.
11g pack powdered gelatine
6 oz shortbread, butter cookies, or graham crackers, crushed to crumbs
6 tbsp butter, melted
16 oz Mascarpone or cream cheese, or a combination
5 oz Baileys Irish cream liqueur
5 oz heavy cream, whipped
3/4 cup sugar, extra fine or confectioner's
Coffee Jelly Ingredients
1 rounded tsp powdered gelatine
5 oz black coffee, sweetened with 2 tbsp sugar
Sprinkle the gelatine over the cold water and leave for 5 minutes.
Suspend the bowl over a pan of boiling water until the gelatine has dissolved. (I use a mesh rack or steamer pan for this step, as pictured below.)
Mix cookie crumbs and butter really well, then press into a springform cake pan. Chill.
Whip the cream.
Beat the cheeses and Baileys together then stir in gelatine and fold in cream.
Whisk the eggs and sugar until thick, pale and foamy, then fold into cheesecake mixture and pour into cake pan.
Chill for three to four hours.
Make the Coffee Jelly Glaze
For the jelly glaze, sprinkle 1 tsp gelatine over the sweetened coffee, then put the bowl over a pan of boiling water until dissolved.
After the glaze has cooled, use a spoon to place it over the surface of the cheesecake so that you can control its placement. If you pour it, you may find it all running off the edges instead of pooled nicely across the surface.
Chill until set.
Gently ease out of the pan before cutting to serve.
Don't forget to come back here and tell us how it turned out!