TIRAMISU CHEESECAKE
TIRAMISU CHEESECAKE

TIRAMISU CHEESECAKE

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This Tiramisu Cheesecake is almost completely no bake, super easy to make and tastes just like tiramisu! The combination of espresso, Kahlua and mascarpone cheese is to die for!

So you may or may not have noticed that I love my tiramisu. I have a recipe for traditional tiramisu, tiramisu cupcakes, a brookie tiramisu, a pumpkin tiramisu layer cake and now this cheesecake. I even have a tiramisu related recipe in the cookbook! I fully intend to tiramisu all the things.

It’s just so good! And I had a lot of fun putting this cheesecake together. Initially, I wanted it to be a fully baked cheesecake but it wasn’t turning out quite like I wanted so I switched gears and went with this almost no bake version. The small amount of baking comes in the form of the crust and while I would normally say that you could forgo the baking I really do think it’s necessary in this case. Let’s discuss.

Initially I made the crust with crushed up ladyfingers. It makes sense, right? But when you grind up ladyfingers they are quite soft and very light. I didn’t feel like it resulted in the firmer crust I wanted. So instead I went with vanilla wafer cookies. The flavor is still great (one of my favorite crusts) and it did bake into a nicer crust. And as I said, the baking really is necessary.

Baking a crust helps it hold together better when you cut into it later and for this cheesecake I really recommend it. The crust is topped with ladyfingers that are dipped in Kahlúa and espresso and some of the liquid soaks into the crust while firming up in the fridge. It softens the crust a bit so if you don’t bake it to begin with it’ll be even softer.

On top of the the crust, you have the ladyfingers which are dipped in espresso and Kahlúa. If you would prefer this cheesecake to be non-alcoholic you could leave out the Kahlúa and add additional water and espresso, but I always love the flavor of the Kahlúa.

TIRAMISU CHEESECAKE
TIRAMISU CHEESECAKE

INGREDIENTS:

CRUST

  • 1 1/4 cup (167g) vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1/4 cup (56g) salted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (20g) sugar

CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • 8 oz (226g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 16 oz (452) mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (52g) sugar
  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1/2 cup (58g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

KAHLUA MIXTURE

  • 3 tbsp (45ml) warm water
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) instant espresso powder
  • 1 cup (240ml) Kahlua
  • 12 ladyfingers

KAHLUA WHIPPED CREAM

  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) Kahlua mixture (remaining from above), cold
  • 10 tbsp (73g) powdered sugar
  • Cocoa, optional

INSTRUCTIONS :

CRUST

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides.
  2. Mix together the crust ingredients until well combined and press the mixture into the bottom of the springform pan.
  3. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool.

FILLING

  1. To make the filling, mix the cream cheese, mascarpone cheese and sugar together on medium-low speed until combined.
  2. Do not mix on high speed or overmix or the mascarpone cheese can begin to separate. Set aside.
  3. In another mixing bowl, add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
  4. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  5. Slowly fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese mixture. Set aside.
  6. Combine the warm water and espresso powder for the Kahlua mixture in a small bowl.
  7. Add the Kahlua and stir to combine.
  8. Dip the ladyfingers into the Kahlua mixture one at a time, then add to the springform pan, on top of the crust.

You can find complete recipes of this TIRAMISU CHEESECAKE in lifeloveandsugar.com

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