Tia Maria cheesecake

Tia Maria cheesecake

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 35 mins Plus cooling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 16

Perfect for a special occasion, this American style dessert really has the wow-factor

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
410
protein
7g
carbs
32g
fat
29g
saturates
17g
fibre
1g
sugar
24g
salt
0.89g

Ingredients

For the biscuit crust

  • 85g hot melted butter, plus extra butter for greasing
  • 14 plain chocolate digestive biscuits, finely crushed

For the cheesecake

  • 3 x 300g packs full-fat Philadelphia cheese
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Tia Maria
  • 3 large eggs
  • 285ml carton soured cream

For the topping

  • 142ml carton soured cream
  • 2 tbsp Tia Maria
  • cocoa, for dusting
  • 8 Ferrero Rocher chocolates, unwrapped

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line the base of a 25cm springform tin with baking parchment. Blend butter and biscuit crumbs. Press onto the base of the tin, bake for 10 mins, then cool.
  2. Increase the oven temperature to 240C/fan 200C/gas 9. Beat the cheese and sugar with an electric whisk until smooth, then whisk in the flour, vanilla, 2 tbsp Tia Maria, eggs and 285ml soured cream.
  3. Grease sides of the cake tin with butter. Pour in the mixture and smooth. Bake for 10 mins, then turn oven down to 110C/fan 90C/ gas ¼ for 25 mins. Turn off the oven, then open the door and leave to cool inside the oven for 2 hrs. Don’t worry if it cracks a little.
  4. Mix 142ml soured cream and Tia Maria, then smooth on top of the cheesecake. Chill.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2006

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lja507's picture
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Lovely Cheesecake. I don't think the topping really adds anything to it however so maybe will leave out next time. I used baileys instead of tia maria, I added more than two tablespoons (not too sure how many as did this to my preferred taste, and if it was a bit runny added more flour to thicken.
Absolutely yummy.

lellyc1's picture

easy to make and gives the wow factor....just have extra Ferrero Rocher on hand so everyone gets one!!!

nikkimaj21's picture

Hmm,, wow, very yummy and artistic cheesecake. I like the chocolate balls on top of the cake very attractive. i will try this at home, hope i can make it perfectly, maybe this will not be very hard to me anymore for i tried already making "double chocolate cheesecake". Nice post,, i find your site very useful and helpful it let us viewer learn how to bake and it also let us know what are the secret ingredients why it is so delicious. Thanks a lot.

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marcalexus's picture

This is a SUPERB cheesecake.

I consider myself a good judge of quality cheesecakes, and this passes all my tests.
I followed the recipe exactly the first time, and it turned out beautifully. However, there wasn't quite enough of the Tia Maria flavour for my liking. I agree with the comments suggesting more Tia Maria or a little strong espresso.
It's definitely not super sweet, and it's all the better for that. The texture is perfect, the flavours marry wonderfully and the presentation is impressive. It's very adult, and very good (particularly with dark Ferrero Rocher, or a combination of milk and dark!)
Do yourself a favour and make this. You won't regret it.

suejenkins's picture

I made this for a dinner party three weeks ago and it went down storm! I'm making it again today for a dinner party tomorrow but am adding half the quantity again for the biscuit base and baking for another five minutes. I think adding more Tia Maria might take away the subtle vanilla taste, might try that in a future one though! Superb, impressive and really easy to make. What more do you want!

badgerchick's picture
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I needed to make a gluten-free, nut-free and vegetarian dessert for an evening BBQ here in Sydney, Australia, and this was the recipe I used with just a few tweaks:

I made the base from 85g butter, a packet of gluten-free Anzac biscuits and 1tbsp coca powder. I allowed it to cool after baking.

I made the filling exactly as per instructions, using Kaluha. I baked it for the times suggested (if anything slightly less) and it did not crack.

I made the topping exactly as per recipe and this was where the Kaluha flavour really came out.

Finally, for the decoration I whizzed golden caster sugar in a blender with cocoa powder and sieved the mixed powder over the top. I decorated with Cadburys Flake pieces.

It had a strong flavour - not very sweet but delicious.

jgarforth1981's picture
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I made this cheesecake for a dinner party last night having read all the positive reviews. As recommended I increased the amount of tia maria, added more biscuits for the base and followed the instructions to the letter when it came to the cooking part. The result? A professional looking dessert with a lovely light consistency but to be honest.......a little bland. The cheesecake itself needed to be a little sweeter (admittedly my fiance and I have a sweet tooth!) and there was no flavour of tia maria whatsoever despite my efforts. The topping of sour cream and dusting of cocoa didn't help either, in fact it tasted horrible! The next day tasted a little better so I would recommend maybe making this a day or two in advance if possible.

If you want an easy, professional-looking and light tasting but bland new york style cheesecake this is the one for you. Otherwise keep searching.....

myukinou's picture
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This cheesecake is wonderful! I've made so many times now and never fail! This is definitely my family and friends' favourite!!

bevhiggs's picture

Really good. Diluted 4 teaspoons of coffee into the tia maria to make sure of a good coffee flavour. Worked very well. Used some mini orange.choc truffles for the top.

mariaswan's picture

Fantastic easy recipe to follow. The end result was delicious, as it wasn't to heavy and just enough Tia Maria.

stew-c's picture

Had this cheesecake today it was really very good, but I'm not sure about freezing this cake(put it in the freezer two weeks ago) the base was slightly soggy and the filling should have been more firm, lucky nobody noticed probably due to the alcohol

mcfarlaneruth's picture
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Made this for Christmas dinner today. I made it with Baileys. Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out amazing. Will definitely make it again. Followed advise and left it in the oven overnight then chilled until lunchtime.

apalgal's picture

My cheesecake is currently in the oven as I type this and intend to freeze it for Xmas. Can anyone tell me whether you put the sour cream topping on before you freeze it or when its defrosted? Many thanks.

nicbash's picture
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Just made this as a trial run for christmas and its so good. I used a cheaper supermarket coffee liquor instead of tia maria and soft cheese instead of philli, turned out perfect. I used the same amount of coffe liquor as stated in the main part and an extra tbsp in the topping, also added a bit of icing sugar to the topping. When i finished mixing the cheesecake mixture it was very watery and I was worried it wouldn't set so left it on an extra 10 mins to cook. Perfect!! :)

elizabethharrison's picture

made this twice now and both times great, i took it into work for my birthday and it was gone in minutes

trentfisher's picture

Just made this for a friends birthday, it looks good so far, when I did the biscuit base I added Tia Maria to this also as previous comments said they could not taste T.M. It's cracked a little on the top but no big deal as will be covered with the topping, this is where it failed, I have whipped the creme fresh but it is still very runny, as I understand you can't whip sour cream as it will never thicken but creme fresh will not seem to either, going to add icing sugar see if this helps.
Has anyone got topping to thicken, if so how would love to know

lijana's picture
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I have to give one star as I was very disappointed with the cake as it didn't cook properly in the temperature as indicated.i had to cook a second time in 180C for 30min.

duttiep's picture
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Make sure you chill this delicious desert thoroughly as we were a bit impatient so our first slice was a bit disappointing. But after that yummy. Very rich and couldn't taste the Tia Maria.

donnabennallack's picture
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wonderful cheesecake recomend to all

donnabennallack's picture
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Made this wonerfull cheesecake it was lovely , didnt last very long though as enjoyed by everyone

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