Buttery Biscuit Base & Alcoholic Lemon Cheesecake, Decorations… what could be better than a Limoncello Cheesecake for the New Year?!
So.. here is the LAST recipe of 2016! How crazy is that?! Like I genuinely can’t comprehend that it is nearly 2017, and how quickly this year has flown by. It’s ridiculous. The first recipe I posted this year was my Mint Oreo Brownies and they have been a hit all year, but I wanted to go out with a bang. Seeing as it is New Years in a few days, I thought a Cheesecake would be a good celebratory dessert, but an alcoholic one.
My No-Bake Baileys Cheesecake has always been a go-to recipe for many of you, and soooo many of you used it for your Christmas Day Dessert, so I thought a different alcoholic one would be ideal. I was going to try a Champagne Cheesecake, which I will still do… but I have just moved house, and I am waiting for a new oven and hob, so I haven’t been able to use it. So, something easier and delicious was in need… HELLO LIMONCELLO.
I reckon that most alcohols will work in this, so any fruity alcohol like Midori, or even something like Whisky, Gin etc! It’s completely up to you of course, but I had to use something I already had as I am saving money, so Limoncello it was. You can’t add tooooo much of it because it wouldn’t set if you carried on going, so I went with 125ml of the stuff. Along with the Zest of the 2 lemons, and the juice of one of the lemons, it tastes DELICIOUS.
I used more Cream Cheese in this one as I wanted to fill the tin, and when you don’t use a Melted Chocolate in the mix, or something like a sweet to fold through, the filling itself doesn’t really go very far without some more Cream Cheese. You can use something like Philadelphia, or Mascarpone, just as long as its full fat! The decoration was purely so there was something yellow in the dessert to represent Lemon, but to be fair I think White Chocolate and Lemon go together really well so yum.
I hope you all have had an AMAZING 2016, and have enjoyed baking my recipes if you have. I love each and every one of you that make my recipes and supports me and my little blog! Have a wonderful New Year and see you in 2017! xx
This recipe serves 10-12!
– 300g Digestives/Biscuits
– 150g Butter, Melted
– 650g Philadelphia Full-Fat Cream Cheese
– 100g Icing Sugar
– 300ml Double/Heavy Cream
– Zest of 2 Lemons
– Juice of 1 Lemon
– 125ml Limoncello
– 75g White Chocolate + Yellow Food Colouring
– 150ml Double Cream
1) To Make the Biscuit Base – Blitz the biscuits in a food processor to a fine crumb, or mash them up in a bag and add the melted butter – pulse a few times until it is combined well. Tip into a 8″/20cm Deep Springform Tin and press down firmly – chill in the refrigerator whilst you do the rest!
2) For the Cheesecake Filling – With an electric mixer (I used my KitchenAid) Mix the Philadelphia and Icing Sugar together until smooth, it’ll only take a few seconds – add in the Lemon Zest and Juice of the Lemon and whisk again till smooth.
3) Whilst whisking, add in 1tbsp of the Limoncello at a time and allow the mixture to whisk before adding more. When you add some, it might look odd and like its splitting, but it will come back.
4) Once the Limoncello is in, whilst whisking slowly, pour in the liquid double cream and continue to Whip the Cream Cheese/Cream Mixture until it is starting to thicken. Don’t whip it too fast, I whisk it on level 6/10 on my kitchenaid maximum!
5) Once its thick, Spread onto the biscuit base and spread evenly. Leave to set in the fridge, covered, for 5-6 hours, or preferably over night.
6) To decorate the Cheesecake – Carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin. Melt the White Chocolate carefully and add the yellow food colouring. Drizzle over the Cheesecake!
7) Whip the double cream up and pipe around the edge of the cheesecake! Sprinkle on some lovely little sprinkles and you’re done! Enjoy!
Tips and Ideas
I recommend using a 8″/20cm Deep Springform Tin in this recipe!
I always set my cheesecakes in the fridge overnight otherwise they risk being a little runny still and slipping off the biscuit base but if you want to risk it then go for it!
I used the Limoncello that I found in my local Tesco, so I assume any Limoncello would work. I did try whipping some into the double cream on top, but I wasn’t a fan of it, and it was a bit hit and miss… so I went with normal whipped cream.
This Cheesecake will last covered in the fridge for 3 days!
Find my other Cheesecake Recipes on my Recipes Page!
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