Have you ever tried coffee cheesecake? Easy to prepare and with a pleasantly intense flavour, it is the perfect dessert to serve at the end of a meal or, alternatively, a tasty snack that will make your kids happy on their way home from school.
Whichever time of day you eat it, coffee cheesecake will allow you to enjoy the unmistakable taste of your favourite beverage combined with that of one of the most famous and popular cakes. We coffee lovers are the first ones to have fallen madly in love with this delicious cake, which has caused us a real addiction!
And the great thing is that you have several options at your disposal to prepare it, some of which include delicious additional ingredients. So, what are you waiting for? Read on and find out how to make a fantastic coffee cheesecake!
Coffee cheesecake: the basic recipe for purists
Let’s start by introducing you to the basic recipe, the one that involves making a delicious coffee cheesecake without adding any other ingredients. This is perfect in case you want to enjoy your favourite drink in all its purity, without ‘spoiling’ it with the addition of other flavours. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at the list of ingredients, designed for 8 people:
- 200 g dry biscuits;
- 120 g melted butter;
- 25 g of bitter cocoa.
For the preparation of the coffee cream, however, you will need:
- 250 g mascarpone cheese;
- 200 g spreadable cheese;
- 400 ml fresh cream;
- 125 g sugar;
- 100 ml of ristretto coffee;
- 15 g instant coffee;
- 6 g gelatine sheets.
Finally, to decorate the cake, you will need some bitter cocoa and coffee beans. But let’s see in detail how to proceed.
First, prepare the coffee and, while it is still hot, dissolve the soluble mixture in it. Let it cool down and, in the meantime, prepare the base of your cheesecake by grinding the dry biscuits (perhaps with the help of a food processor) and placing them in a bowl together with the cocoa and melted butter.
Mix everything until you obtain a homogeneous mixture, which you will then pour into a cake tin with a diameter of 24 cm, previously lined with a disc of baking paper. Compact everything well and place it in the fridge to dry for at least 15 minutes.
At this point, you will have to dedicate yourself to preparing the coffee cream by soaking the gelatine in cold water. Then prepare a bowl with the mascarpone cheese, spreadable cheese, sugar and cold coffee in it, mixing the mixture with an electric whisk.
Once this is done, whip the cream inside a second bowl, then mix it into the coffee cream. Use a spatula as well but making movements from the bottom upwards so as not to disassemble it. Finally, drain the gelatine, place it in a small saucepan with two teaspoons of water and melt it over the heat so that it can be added to the coffee cream with a final mixing.
The final step is to combine the coffee cream with the cheesecake base that you have left in the fridge, where you will have to put it again for at least 4 hours (or, alternatively, in the freezer for 2 hours). Once your cake is finally ready, you can decorate it with bitter cocoa and coffee beans. The result will be a cheesecake that is great to eat…. and beautiful to look at!
Coffee and chocolate cheesecake: the variant for the sweet tooth!
If you have a real sweet tooth, then you will love this fantastic variation of coffee cheesecake, which includes the addition of chocolate, more precisely dark chocolate!
On a basic level, you can stick to the previous recipe. What changes is the cream, which in this case will have the heady flavour of dark chocolate. To prepare it, you will need 200 ml of sweetened cream and 200 g of 70% dark chocolate, keeping some aside for the final decoration of the coffee cheesecake.
What you will need to do, therefore, is to slavishly follow the recipe that we have already explained to you, but when it comes to preparing the cream, you will need to proceed in this way:
- put the cream in a small saucepan and let it boil;
- break up the chocolate and, when the cream is boiling, put it too into the saucepan, stirring well;
- take the cake out of the fridge and sprinkle it with the cream;
- put it back in the fridge or freezer depending on the cooling time you prefer to follow, and then proceed with the final dark chocolate decoration.
As you can see for yourself, the only difference between the two recipes is the cream: while in the first case it is also coffee-based, in the name of a ‘pure’ taste, in this variant it is replaced by chocolate, enriching the cheesecake with its delicious flavour. And this, moreover, is not even the only option available to you!
Coffee cheesecake with yoghurt or amaretti biscuits: delicate variations
If the chocolate variant seems ‘too much’ for you, you can opt for something milder, such as yoghurt. Even in this case, the discourse does not change, and the basic recipe remains the same.
Moreover, we who know about coffee were the first to reassure you, telling you how easy it is to make cheesecake, remember? And this concept applies to all its variants. If, therefore, you are drawn to the idea of enjoying an excellent coffee and yoghurt cheesecake, you will again have to modify the cream, whose ingredients this time will be:
- 250 g coffee yoghurt;
- 100 g Philadelphia cheese;
- 100 ml whipping cream;
- 2 tbsp icing sugar;
- q.b Nutella for the final decoration.
Again, you will need to whip the cream with an electric whisk, then add the remaining ingredients with the help of a spatula, which you will use to mix the mixture until it becomes smooth.
Once this is done, you can take the cake base out of the fridge and spread it with the cream. The final step, once the coffee cheesecake is ready, is of course to decorate it as desired with some delicious Nutella!
And if you are a fan of amaretti biscuits instead? Even in this case the procedure is very similar, as you will have to use your favourite biscuits as a base for the cream, the preparation of which is really very simple.
Ideally, you should get 200 g of them and grind them to a powder. Then you add them to 100 g of butter melted in a microwave or bain-marie, mixing until smooth.
This mixture will be the cream of your coffee cheesecake which, with the addition of the amaretti biscuits, will take on a unique flavour that even the most refined palates will appreciate!
Final tip: find out what the secret of good coffee is
Although the recipes we have suggested are mainly aimed at sweetening and enhancing the cheesecake with the addition of ad hoc ingredients such as dark chocolate, coffee yoghurt and amaretti, the truth is that the secret to a properly made coffee cheesecake lies in the way you prepare this indispensable drink.
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Our lever machines specialise in preserving the unmistakable aroma of your favourite beverage: so much so that if you use one to prepare coffee for your cheesecake, the cake will also be positively affected by this accentuated flavour, making it infinitely more delicious!
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