Liquorice Cheesecake

Liquorice cheesecake

Ah liquorice, the great divider of the confectionary world. Some love it, some loathe it, and many have never even tasted it.

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Sophisticated folks might tell you that “real” liquorice is the solid, strong jet-black kind you buy from specialist sweet shops but my dad, the big liquorice lover of our household, is rather fond of the colourful, chewy and deeply treacle-y variety found in Liquorice Allsorts and Blackjacks.

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I made this liquorice cheesecake for the old man in honour of Father’s Day (I’m also paying for his first tattoo next week!) and he very much enjoyed it. Dark chocolate biscuit base topped with smooth, sweet and creamy liquorice cheesecake and classic colourful Liquorice Allsorts, this cheesecake is unusual but it is truly a dream for liquorice lovers!

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As it is a no-bake cheesecake, it is incredibly easy to make. I used black treacle (molasses) and liquorice powder, which can be easily and cheaply found on Amazon, to flavour the cheesecake, though I believe that you may also be able to use liquorice flavouring or extract to achieve a similar result.

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You’ll first need to make the biscuit base, start by greasing/lining a 20-25cm springform tin.

If you’re making this by hand, place some chocolate biscuits (chocolate digestives, oreos or bourbon biscuits are best!) into a large freezer or sandwich bag and bash with a rolling pin until you achieve fine crumbs. If you’re making the cheesecake in a food processor, blitz the biscuits into fine crumbs.

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Mix some melted butter into the biscuits.

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Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and use a spoon or spatula to press it firmly and flatly into the base of the tin. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes while you make the cheesecake.

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Place some cream cheese, sugar, black treacle and liquorice powder into a large bowl and mix thoroughly until smooth and combined.

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Gently fold some stiff whipped cream into the mixture until fully incorporated.

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Tip the cheesecake mixture onto your chilled biscuit base, smooth it out and sprinkle over your choice of liquorice sweets to decorate it.

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Return the cheesecake to the fridge to firm up for at least 2 hours.

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Carefully remove the springform tin, slice it up and enjoy it! This cheesecake is not one for those who don’t enjoy the taste of liquorice, but for those who do, this is a dreamy dessert!

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

Liquorice Cheesecake

Liquorice Cheesecake

Deliciously creamy no-bake liquorice cheesecake with a dark chocolate biscuit base, guaranteed to satisfy the liquorice lover in your life!

Ingredients

    For the biscuit base:
  • 200g chocolate digestive biscuits (oreos or bourbon biscuits would also work well)
  • 100g melted butter
    For the liquorice cheesecake:
  • 600g full-fat cream cheese
  • 100g sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp liquorice powder
  • 3 heaped tbsp black treacle (molasses)
  • 200ml stiff whipped double cream
  • Liquorice Allsorts or Blackjacks to decorate

Instructions

    For the biscuit base:
  1. Grease/line a 20-25cm springform tin.
  2. If making by hand, place the biscuits into a large freezer or sandwich bag and bash with a rolling pin until you achieve fine crumbs.
  3. If making in a food processor, blitz the biscuits into fine crumbs.
  4. Mix the melted butter into the biscuits.
  5. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and use a spoon or spatula to press it firmly and flatly into the base of the tin.
  6. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes while you make the cheesecake.
    For the liquorice cheesecake:
  1. Place all remaining ingredients except the cream and liquorice sweets into a large bowl and mix thoroughly until smooth and combined.
  2. Gently fold your stiff whipped cream into the mixture until fully incorporated.
  3. Tip the cheesecake mixture onto your chilled biscuit base, smooth it out and sprinkle over your choice of liquorice sweets to decorate it.
  4. Return the cheesecake to the fridge to firm up for at least 2 hours.
  5. Remove the springform tin, slice and enjoy!
http://maverickbaking.com/liquorice-cheesecake/

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