Tia Maria cheesecake

Tia Maria cheesecake

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(73 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 35 mins Plus cooling


Serves 16

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal410
  • fat29g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre1g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.89g
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    For the biscuit crust

    • 85g hot melted butter, plus extra butter for greasing



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 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


    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.

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    19th Jul, 2011
    Fabulous! I made this for a dinner party to follow Gordon Ramsay's Beef Bourguignon and it was a resounding success. It looks like a shop bought cheesecake (in a good way!) and I'll definitely be making it again with the different liqueur variations.
    4th Jul, 2011
    I use the cheapest ingredients I could find and it came to £7. The cake needed a little extra time in the oven in a 25 cm spring form tin but came out beautifully for my friends birthday party and tasted absolutely amazing.
    12th Jun, 2011
    I made this as for Xmas after reading all the good reviews. I put about 6 tbsp Tia Maria in after reading comments- I still couldn't taste it . The cheesecake was just ok ,nothing special. I have made and tasted a lot better . I would not make it again.
    23rd May, 2011
    Well impressed!!!! Hadn't made a cheese cake before, but the results were fantastic. Going to my grand-daughters Birthday party this weekend. Will be taking one with me. Will try it with Baileys
    19th May, 2011
    Absolute winner.. lovely
    8th May, 2011
    wow i made this for friends last night it looked great and most wanted seconds. will definitely be making this again.
    4th Apr, 2011
    I tried this cheesecake and stuck to the suggested recipe, it was gorgeous. I tried it again, using 1.5 of the suggested biscuit base, together with the appropriate amount of butter. I love the biscuit crust on a cheesecake and thought I'd try it. The result was that I had a much firmer cheesecake, as the biscuit crust seemed to absorb all the moisture in the cheesecake. It was still really gorgeous but I think that next time, I'll stick to the original recipe. This cheesecake is better than shop bought, the two versions that is!!!
    28th Mar, 2011
    Made this last week and it was fantastic Used Baileys a lot more than the receipe states Ended up taking it into work and everyone loved it. In fact three of the girls asked for the receipe Will be making again but not too often due to the calories!!!!!!!!
    4th Mar, 2011
    Has any one tried halving this recipe? what size tin and cooking time did you use?
    25th Jan, 2011
    Tastes great! I added some more Tia Maria and it was lovely. I haven't bake the base at all and it was fine. I've also mixed all the ingrediens in a food processor instead of whisking it and it came out just perfect. Will definately make it again.


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