Hazelnut Cheesecake Recipe

Another cheesecake? I must be nuts!  ...and no baking involved!  I was 30 grams short on the hazelnuts here. Fortunately, I had pistachio's and they filled the gap.  Almonds or cashews would work fine too.

I don’t know if I should apologize for this or boast about it. Either way, I feel you will thank me for it. The thing is, it’s embarrassingly easy to make and is just the sort of count-no-calories indulgence that the season demands.

This no-cook cheesecake requires at least 4 hours refrigeration time so don’t be tempted to let the cheesecake come to room temperature before serving. It slices and tastes better with a bit of fridge-chill on it.  Be patient; it is definitely worth the wait.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: None
Serves: 8

250 g digestive biscuits
75 g unsalted butter
400 g hazelnut spread
100 g chopped toasted hazelnuts
500 g mascarpone cheese   
60 g icing sugar 

1. Break the digestives into blender, add the butter and a tablespoon of the spread and blitz. Add 3 tablespoons of the hazelnuts and continue to pulse until you have a sand like mixture.

2. Empty the mixture into a 9 inch round spring-form and press into the base back of a spoon. Place in the fridge to chill.

3. Beat the mascarpone and icing sugar until smooth and then add the remaining hazelnut spread to the mascarpone, and continue beating until combined.

4. Remove the springform from the fridge and carefully smooth the mixture over the biscuit base. Scatter the remaining chopped hazelnuts on top and place in the fridge for at least four hours.
Serve straight from the fridge for best results.