The occasion? My mum’s boss came to dinner, I owed him a cheesecake, and this one looked the most impressive in off of my books. The only problem was, we needed marsala which mum kindly took care of at the local bottle-o.
I not a big coffee person. I can drink a mocha (half chocolate, half coffee), but I’ve never really enjoyed a cappuccino. But this cake was just heaven! I was even chomping on the chocolate coffee coated beans just for the hell of it… sure the chocolate helped! I couldn’t really taste the marsala, but my mum’s boss picked up there was alcohol in it. Everyone really enjoyed this cheesecake, so light and creamy.
I was a bit worried it would collapse when it unmoulded, but luckily everything stayed in place. Going to be whipping out this one at the next dinner gathering I think!
1/4 cup medium ground expresso coffee
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1/3 cup marsala
250g savoiardi sponge finger biscuits
150g chocolate-coated cofee beans, coarsley chopped
2 teaspoons gelatine
2 tablespoons water
125g cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup icing sugar
2 tablespoons marsala
300ml thickened cream, whipped
1. Grease a 24cm round springform tin.
2. Combine coffee and the water in a coffee plunger; stand for 4 minutes before plunging. Combine coffee, sugar and marsala in medium heatproof bowl; cool 10 minutes.
3. Place 1/3 cup (80ml) cofee mixture in small saucepan; simmer, uncovered, until reduced to about 1 tablespoon. Cool.
4. Cut each biscuit into 7cm lengths; reserve end pieces (don’t eat them!). Dip flat side of biscuit lengths one at a time in remaining coffee mixture; arrange biscuits, round side out; around the side of the tin. Dip reserved biscuit ends in coffee mixture and place of the base of the tin to form the base.
5. Make filling by sprinkling gelatine over the water in a small heatproof bowl. Heat in microwave until dissolved. Mine took about 20 seconds on high. Cool.
6. Beat cheese and sifted sugar in a medium bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Add mascarpone and marsala; beat until combined. Stir in gelatine mixture; fold in whipped cream.
7. Spread filling into tin. Drizzle reduced coffee mixture over cheesecake, pull skewer backwards and forwards several times for a marbled effect. Refridgerate overnight.
8. Serve topped with chocolate coated coffee beans.
Will be facing my gelatine fear and making this asap
I don't drink coffee at all but I will occasionally give tiramisu a try. Turning it into a cheesecake makes it even more appealing since I love cheesecake! It looks impressive with the biscuits around the edge, though the chocolate in the middle looks like olives!! 🙂
nicely done. My other half swears by tiramisu (that sums it up), this recipe will come in handy! 🙂
Oh my heavens, that looks delish! Hmmmm I see this in my future…
I'm not a coffee person so I usually need a good dose of chocolate as well but this looks great!
Simon Food Favourites
my eye sight must be failing because i thought for a second they looked like pitted black olives on top hehe. looks great!
oh my… that looks absolutely decadent darling. You've done a really great job. How long did it take all in all? Sponge fingers… mmmm yum. Do you reckon we could try a tiramisu with marzipan filling? haha love xx
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
Ahh too brilliant Shellie! I love the sponge finger sentries on the outside guarding the cheesecake inner 🙂
Bean Sprout's Cafe
wow wow wow….. I love tiramisu and I love cheesecake.. when it comes together, must be wonderful !
It looks yum! And I don't even like coffee!! x
So pretty!!! Love love love tiramisu.
Iron Chef Shellie
Hi Kyla – I used to have a gelatine fear, but mum guided me. Hope it turns out well!
Hi Rilsta – Ahhh another one who thinks the beans look like olives 😛 I would agree though, they do! It's a winner for everyone I think, unless you REALLY hate coffee.
Hi Billy – Thank you. I hope your other half likes this just as much as I did!
Hi Jackie – lol, I see this in your future too!
Hi FFichiban – Chocolate ALWAYS helps 😉
Hi Simon – ahh yes, that's what my friend Alana said about them! I would agree with you though!
Hi Kiran – It took about 1 hour or less? I doubt you can do it with marzipan darling, but for you I will try 🙂
Hi Lorraine – aww shucks Lorraine! many thanks!
Hi Bean Sprout's Cafe – Oh the combination is amazing!
Hi Katie – It looks as good as it tastes, and I'm not a big coffee fan either!
Hi Ellie – Thank you! I am now starting to like it a bit more!
Delicious looking tiramisu! So many of my friends love it so I'll have to send them this recipe to check out 🙂
Iron Chef Shellie
Hi Forager – Thank you =) I hope they enjoy it!
That looks so good – I love the sponge fingers around the edge.
Iron Chef Shellie
Hi Agnes – The sponge fingers really make it look extra special =)