There are few tastier things than Nutella. It’s nutty and chocolatey, super smooth and melty in your mouth. Sometimes just a spoonful is all you need, but other times call for, well, more. I make a lot of cheesecake, and I’ve long thought Nutella would make a pretty spectacular cheesecake. Hence, the Great Nutella Cheesecake Experiment.
*DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional photographer, as the following photos will prove. But I promise to try to get better.
For the crust, I used store-bought graham crackers and chopped hazelnuts, mixed with melted butter and baked til set. I would have used some other kind of cookie for the crust, but the food processor broke and the budget does not include a new one just yet.
I first thought of great dollops of Nutella sandwiched between layers of cheesecake. I was going to nuke it and make it more spreadable, but lo and behold it says right on the jar “do not microwave” and given its unknown chemical makeup, I thought it wise to heed that advice. I’d also planned on flavoring the cheesecake with Frangelico, but alas, did not have any. I did however have some Godiva liqueur and Amaretto, which I used. Liberally. Hey, the alcohol cooks out.
It was nearly done and crack-free, til the very end, when a crater developed in the center (eh, it makes it easier to taste a sample). It did stay nice and even though. Gotta put a pan of water in while it bakes, and let it sit with the oven turned off.
The next day, I melted some good chocolate and guilded the lily a bit. Next time, I’d go with more of ganache topping- I didn’t like the hard chocolate shell. Or maybe a baked sour cream topping with liqueur and brown sugar.
And the verdict? It was fuh-reaking delish! Needs more Nutella nuggets, but I had to make do with what I had. And considering I totally made it up as I went along, I think it turned out very well – a good mix between dense and light (I should probably write down what I did before I forget). I may consider mixing the Nutella directly into the batter next time and seeing what happens, or doing a swirl variation. Luckily 2/3 of the dinner guests cancelled, so there’s still some left! Can you say BREAKFAST.