Recipe: Nigella Lawson's chocolate hazelnut cheesecake
- 10 ounces graham crackers (about 16 sheets or 21⁄2 cups crumbs)
- 5 tablespoons soft unsalted butter
- 1 X 13-ounce jar Nutella or equivalent chocolate hazelnut spread, at room temperature
- 3⁄4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts
- 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 1 X 9-inch springform cake pan
1 Break the crackers into the bowl of a food processor, then add the butter and 1 tablespoon of Nutella and blitz until the mixture starts to clump. Add 3 tablespoons of the toasted hazelnuts, and continue to pulse until you have a damp, sandy mixture.
2 Tip this into your springform pan and press it into the base, using either your hands or the back of a spoon. Place in the refrigerator to chill while you get on with the filling.
3 Beat together the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth and soft, then patiently scrape the rest of the Nutella out of its jar and into the cream cheese mixture and continue beating until combined.
4 Take the springform pan out of the refrigerator. Carefully scrape and smooth the Nutella mixture over the cracker crumb base and scatter the remaining chopped hazelnuts on top to cover. Place the pan in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
5 Serve straight from the refrigerator for best results, unspringing the cake from the pan, still on its base, just before you eat. To cut it, dip a sharp knife in cold water, wiping it and dipping again between each cut. And don’t worry: it may look disappointingly flat when whole, but when sliced, its dark depths are revealed.
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Excerpted from Nigellissima. Copyright © 2013 Nigella Lawson. Published by Knopf Canada, an imprint of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group, which is a division of Random House of Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.