Monday, April 27, 2009

DB + Cheesecake + Ferrero Rocher = Happiness!

I'm happy to introduce you to my Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake!

It's Daring Bakers time! The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.

Jenny provided us with a wonderful cheesecake recipe from her friend Abbey and told us to use it as a blank canvas and be creative with flavours. What a great idea!

I love Ferrero Rocher chocolates (who doesn't, really?) and I wanted to use it in baked goods for a while so this seamed like the perfect opportunity!

Here's the recipe with my changes in italic:

ABBEY'S INFAMOUS CHEESECAKE

Crust:

  • 2 cups / 180 g graham cracker crumbs (I’ve used Digestive biscuits)
  • 1 stick / 4 oz butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. / 24 g sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder

Cheesecake:

  • 3 sticks of cream cheese, 8 oz each (total of 24 oz) room temperature
  • 1 cup / 210 g sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup / 8 oz heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice (I didn’t use it)
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract (or the innards of a vanilla bean)
  • 1 tbsp liqueur, optional (I’ve used Frangelico)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 10 Ferrero Rocher chocolates cut into large chunks
  • 3/4 cup Nutella
  • 2 tbsp chopped roasted hazelnuts

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (Gas Mark 4 = 180C = Moderate heat). Begin to boil a large pot of water for the water bath.
  2. Mix together the crust ingredients and press into your preferred pan. You can press the crust just into the bottom, or up the sides of the pan. Set crust aside.
  3. Combine cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand-mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand-mixer) and cream together until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg. Add heavy cream, vanilla, and Frangelico and blend until smooth and creamy. Lastly add the chopped Ferrero Rocher.
  4. Pour batter into prepared crust and tap the pan on the counter a few times to bring all air bubbles to the surface. Place pan into a larger pan and pour boiling water into the larger pan until halfway up the side of the cheesecake pan. If cheesecake pan is not airtight, cover bottom securely with foil before adding water. 5. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, until it is almost done - this can be hard to judge, but you're looking for the cake to hold together, but still have a lot of jiggle to it in the center. You don't want it to be completely firm at this stage. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for one hour. This lets the cake finish cooking and cool down gently enough so that it won't crack on the top. After one hour, remove cheesecake from oven and lift carefully out of water bath. Let it finish cooling on the counter, and then cover and put in the fridge to chill. Once fully chilled, it is ready to serve.

Then playing a little bit with the Ferrero Rocher theme, I covered the top with Nutella (softened a bit in the microwave) and chopped roasted hazelnuts.

I've also baked 4 little cheesecakelets, with a whole Ferrero Rocher inside. They weren't bad either...

They got the same Nutella and hazelnuts treatment on top.

Look at the whole Ferrero Rocher inside!!! You get crunchy, then creamy, then crunchy again, the chocolate, the hazelnut, and creamy again... You know, the kind of thing that makes me happy!

Saying this was good, is a complete understatement.

Ok, take this last bite and go check all the other creative cheesecakes from my fellow Daring Bakers.

139 comments:

Vera said...

Awesome as always, Rita! Super delicious idea!

Rhyleysgranny said...

Now that is amazing. Looks just wonderful. Very creative

Rachel said...

This is pure decadence!!!!

cookemila said...

rita espectacular...me encantan los ferrero rocher..y mas los ultimos de pistacho, melocoton etc...voy a copiarme tu receta ya

morgana said...

¡¡ Qué cosa más buena, por favor !! Tendría que haberle hecho ésta a mi hermana, la tartade queso es una de las pocas que le gustan y los ferrero le chiflan.

Impresionante.

Selba said...

Wow!! This is fantastic! I love ferrero rocher!

Miette said...

Wow! It is amazing, Rita! Super gorgeous idea!

Cheers,

Miette.

LegalAlien said...

This is beautiful! I love it!
It makes me want to eat it using my fingers!!

Angela @ A Spoonful of Sugar said...

Well, hello there, Ferrero Rocher cheesecake! Who wouldn't be happy to meet you?

Great-looking cheesecake, Rita. Now I want to hide Ferrero Rocher in everything!

Mar said...

ooooooh myyyyy goooood!! This is a amazing, I will make this cake soon, I love Ferrero and the cake tell me: Eat me!!!!
Kiss for you

gine said...

Amazing - like usually :-)! XOXO

Zita said...

Oh... you always amaze me, reading your cheese cake post = Happiness

Cristine said...

OH YUM!!!! I'm drooling!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow adding Ferrero is yummmy twist.....

Leslie said...

Ferrero Rocher..you are a brillant one! And the nutella??? AHHHH heaven!

Teanna said...

UN. BE. LIEVABLE! I can't even express. Drooling. Love. Hungry. Want.

chou said...

Yep. Yum. Nothing left to say.

Jen Yu said...

oh how clever and totally cute! ferrero rocher is one of those confections i have *a lot* of trouble resisting ;) awesome job!

Pearl said...

that is so clever - i can imagine the pairing and wow! it must mix well :)

Y said...

Ferrero Rocher! I LOVE the way you think!

Suzana said...

Bem... eu nem morro por Ferreros Rocher mas assim não sei se mantenho a mesma opinião! Para além de que o cheesecake "grande" ficou muito bonito. ;)

Dawn said...

whoa! girl nothing you make is ever simple--you always take them up a few impossible notches.
I don't even want to know how purely decadent this tasted, but sercretly I do.

Risa said...

I would like to introduce your cheesecake to my belly! Looks amazing!

Isabelle said...

oh mon dieu ! quelle décadence !! c'est superbe !

Jo said...

Great job and love the flavours.

anna said...

That is a fabulous idea! I love Ferrero Rocher, and Frangelico, and Nutella! It looks like the kind of elegant dessert I could really make a mess of :)

HoneyB said...

Great cheesecake!

noble pig said...

I just fell off my chair in hunger. I love those candies. I used to have a professor who would give us one everytime we finished an exam. Yum.

Memoria said...

Wow! This looks so good!! I'm not a fan of Ferrero b/c of the nuts, but I could definitely put in some other type of candy. Yummy!

Bob said...

I think you've just killed me. That's the only way I could see such heavenly stuff.

Sara said...

YUM, these look amazing! I love Ferraro Rocher, but never would have thought of making it into cheesecake...WOW! :-D

Irene said...

OMG WOW! This is a genius idea! Combine two of my favorite things in the same dish, and I think I will be eating it all by myself.

Lisa Michelle said...

Nutella should hire you as their recipe creator, as you are the queen of amazing ideas using their product! That said, I LOVE your cheesecake, and I love the Ferroro Rocher in the middle of the smaller one. They should hire you too! ;D Amazing job as always!

Ingrid said...

Those look amazing and so yummy! I've never had a Ferrero Rocher.
~ingrid

Tanya said...

Is it possible to have a heart attack just by looking at this on my computer screen? This looks so decadent and rich - how do you eat more than two bites?

This looks wonderful, Rita! I'm always impressed with your creativity.

Natashya said...

Awesome! Very creative and absolutely delicious looking.

Jennifer said...

Im a bit speechless!!!!! FERREO ROCHER and cheesecake??!!! divine!!!

Madeleine said...

Qué bárbara!! con ferrero! :)

Muy buena idea los chiquitos con él dentro!! :)

Saludos!

MeetaK said...

incredible - i want the mini ones with the whole rocher! innovative and delicious!

linda said...

Love Ferrero Rocher, and love how you put them inside the cheesecake too!

ivorypomegranate said...

So clever! I got a ton of Ferrero Rochers for Easter and I've been thinking about ways to use them up (even though, eating them by themselves is great too!)

Deelish Dish said...

Holy shiz!!!

Jenn's Baking Chamber said...

you definately out did yourself this time! those look outstanding, especially the mini ones with the ferrero rocher in the middle! yum......!

Kathlyn said...

This is complete genius! Ferroer Rocher candies are wonderful and would go really well with this cheesecake. Nicely done - and great photos!

Juliana said...

Such a great recipe...I love the Ferrero Rocher chocolates...the pictures are great!

Nick said...

That is an incredible looking cheesecake, I want a bite!

Andrew's Mom said...

You are amazing!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Ferrero Rocher cheesecake? sign me in! I almost want to make my cheesecake again!

Courtney said...

wow all i can say is yum yum yum!

Bentayga con sabor said...

No soy amante de las tartas de queso pero creo que me sería muy dificil resistirme a esta,encima con Ferrero que me vuelven loca...y encima individuales...

Bea said...

Se ve buenisimo, como siempre! Tengo que probarlo :)

Heather said...

those cheesecakelets are ADORABLE!!! love the addition of ferrero rocher!! mmmmmmmm.

SimplePleasures said...

First off, I'm not a huge fan of Ferrero.

Wait! wait! Please don't kill me yet! :p

But with this gorgeous looking cheesecake was presented to me, I would gladly and I mean very gladly take it with open arms and open mouth & stomach!

Namratha said...

OMG, Ferrero Rocher in a cheesecake...that's genius!!!

Ruth said...

I am obsessed with your mini cheesecakes. I love the Ferrero those are my favorite

Jude said...

I loved snacking on rocher during my childhood. Needless to say, this cheesecake sounds amazing.

Engineer Baker said...

Whoa, entire candies *inside* mini cheesecakes? My brain can't handle the awesomeness (and cuteness!) you just dished out. Just wow.

Elissa said...

Oh my gosh, I think I might explode. This is the best combination I've EVER heard.

kk said...

oh my goodness!! those ferrero rocher cheesecakes look amazing! i'm drooling...=P

Elyse said...

You are a genius!! This cheesecake looks so incredible. Man oh man, I love Rochers, and I love nutella, and I love cheesecake. I mean, really, anything creamy with some additional chocolate hazelnut thrown in is going to be fantastic by me. I'm so glad that you decided to experiment with Rochers in baking. You did a fabulous job!

Cakebrain said...

Ferrero Rocher cheesecake?! what a plan! I need to make this! The combination sounds delicious!

Liz said...

Wow! I love, love, love Ferrero Rocher candies, but have never really baked with this. This cheesecake looks amazing!

Emily said...

Yummy! You're a genius!

Jeanine said...

What a wonderful combination! Perfect!

Ninette said...

Awesome!! What a great idea!

CookiePie said...

What a FABULOUS idea!!! I am drooling!!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Totally decandant. Wow!

Hendria said...

This looks perfect....in every way... :)

Katrina said...

Heaven! And I'm pretty speechless. I know what I want if you ever have me over for dessert!

mavele said...

OH Rita que buena idea has tenido, nunca se me hubiera ocurrido colocarle bombones a la cheesecake. Te ha quedado hermosa y seguramente muy rica

un beso

ice tea: sugar high said...

Ferrero Rocher cheesecake... GENIOUS! Can I please have someeeee =) *ferrero rocher addict*

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Jenny said...

Oh yum! I especially like the smaller cakes with the whole Ferrero Rocher inside. What a great job you've done with this!

chocolatecup said...

i wanna eat this!:)

Ulla said...

That looks fantastic!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I have to say that is the best looking cheesecake I have ever seen, bar none! You have two of my favorite things in there - nutella and ferrero rocher chocolates.

Will you marry me?

EmmyJMommy said...

That is just plain sinful!

Christina said...

Your cheesecake looks and sounds out of this world! You can't go wrong with Ferrero Rocher :)

Jessica "Su Good Sweets" said...

What a genius idea! I love Nutella.

Dana said...

Oh, that's evil. Pure, delicious evil.

Lauren said...

Ooo, you make me miss ferrero rochers. Your cheesecake is divine =D.

jodye said...

Wow, this looks incredible!!

Lisa said...

Another WOW desert! I think I put on calories just looking at all your wonderful creations.

basicallybaked said...

Wow! This looks fantastic. It has all sorts of things that I LOVE!! Your eggs that you posted about look excellent too!

PheMom said...

Um. WOW. That is all I can think to say. Just WOW.

mary said...

Love the idea of a Ferrero Rocher crunch in the middle of the mini cheesecakes. Sounds delicious!

Zoe Francois said...

Oh my that looks good! I adore those candies and made into a cheesecake must be just over-the-top! Lovely!

Dragon said...

This is a superstar cheesecake!

culinography said...

Brilliant! One of the best flavors I've seen! YUM!

peasepudding said...

That has got to be an incredible tasting cheese cake, just imagine your own mini with a Roche in the middle...bliss

Maria said...

Those look FANTASTIC!

Jenny said...

What a great idea. I just love how the mini cheesecakes look with a whole Ferrero Rocher inside. Thanks for being a part of the April Daring Baker's Challenge!

Jenny of JennyBakes

Ria Mathew said...

OMG!! Thats looks so lush!! I'm almost on the verge of licking my screen!! FR is one of my fav chocolates!!!

First time here!! Amaaaazing blog!!

Mila Kassapian said...

La felicidad plena y total son tus súper Cheesecake! Me voy a morir! Yo no creo que pueda terminar un postre sin haberme devorado todos los bombones primero! jajajaj

Un abrazo
Mila
http://www.milakassapian.blogspot.com/

FFichiban said...

ommggg!! I would like the whole cheesecake please (and all of the cheesecakelets too!) yuummm great combination of flavours and presentation is always so scrumptious!

Debbie said...

oh my word!! These look.......super, grand, fabulous!!

Téia said...

AMAZING, AMAZING AND AMAZING!!! I LOVED!!! CONGRATULACIONES!!!! KISS.

Mão na Massa said...

Essas tuas mãos de fada fazem tudo! Agora este bolo de ferrero rocher... Não há palavras para o descrever... fiquei gaga! Um espantO! Lindo!

Beijinhos, adorei, como sempre!

:D

Jescel said...

oh my goodness.. you're a genius! i'd love to have sampled your cheesecake. i bet it was gone in no time! yum! this is a keeper.

Zenchef said...

Wow.. this was (and still is) my favorite candy as a kid!.. and you made a cheesecake with it!!?? You are so evil Rita. I'm coming over to spank you and eat the leftovers. Yay i know.. tough. Get over it! ;-)

Raelynn said...

Are you serious right now?!?! I'm siting at my desk drooling like a hungry puppy!! These little cheesecakes WILL be made-not shared! ;-)

Zesty Cook said...

Wow... This should not be allowed. This looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing.

zesty

Fabjena said...

Wow, they are looking so great! I'd like to try all of them, I'm just such a big chocolate lover! :))

iheartcakes said...

Cheescake + ferrero rocher + nutella? I think you just created the ultimate dessert!

Bren said...

bad me for coming to your blog this late. rocher are my absolute fave chocolate bon bon! i loooooooooove them! my mom always gives me a huge pack for Christmas. Great way of using them.

iheartcakes said...

cheesecake + ferrero rocher = I think you just created the ultimate dessert!

Stacey said...

Wow, this is so awesome! You are creative!!! My husband would LOVE this, Ferrero Rocher is his fave!

Manuela © said...

Que delícia!
Junta duas coisas que eu adoro: Os Ferrero Rocher e o Frangélico :)

Camilla said...

What an amzing use for one of my favorite candies. I feel happily fatter just imagining it in cheesecake form...Camilla :)

Jennifer said...

This is so darn creative. Next tiem I make a cheesecake, I will hit the cndy aisle at the store and go crazy

Justin said...

holy cow, I can't believe how yummy this looks

Lina said...

Flippin A! You are so brilliant Ferrero Rocher + Cheesecake? My two very favorite things in one?

Pam said...

Yummy, this recipe looks great...
great blog..:)

xo

Gurma said...

Woooow I can believe it, it looks so fabulous and I bet it's absolutely delicious =D
I love your work, so I have an award for you and you can take it on my blog, I hope you'll like it

awoz said...

So decadant...I love it!!!!

Lia "online learning" Scott said...

Im starving while reading your blog

Tamy said...

ferrero rocher é tudo na vida... imagino a delicia que deve ter ficado... assim que possível farei essa delícia!!!!!

beijos

a4 printers said...

This is sooo yummmy..

suesse-mahlzeit said...

Looks wunderful and sounds sooo yummy!

Ina said...

Wow! Just discovered your blog and this post - I love Rocher and Nutella and never thought of using them for baking a cheesecake ... I used Toblerone for mine, but as I now see more is possible. Thanks for the inspiration!

cookies and cups said...

oh wow! That's all I can say =) wow!

Sarah21063 said...

made this cake for my brother's 17th birthday. so incredibly rich and decadent. between the 4 family members, we finished it in 3 days! thanks for the GREAT recipe!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Hi Sarah! I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks so much for the feedback!

Paula Pacheco said...

Hello Rita, I stopped here...it's everything nice in your foodsweetblog...I loved the cakes, cookies and so on...I will came back to see beatiful things...and also invite you to see my blog ok...hugs,
Paula.

Anonymous said...

I just finished baking this cake and the sides of the cake are stuck to the pan. I'm a little worried about it cooling and cracking in the middle as the edges try to seperate from the pan. Is this normal?

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I'm sorry I only saw this now (I was traveling). Probably it's too late now, I would say run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen it... Anyway I hope once cooled it came out well and that you enjoyed it. Cheers.

Micky said...

I am so glad I found this blog! The recipe looks really easy and very creative as well. I just hope my product will taste as yours. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

hi
Can i make it in mirowave ?

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I don't think it will work as well...

Alison said...

Looks mouth-watering! I hope I can make this and will look this perfect!

Julie said...

I made this just last night for my sister's and i's birthday today. It was my first cheesecake and it came out great! Thanks so much for the recipe! We enjoyed it very much :)

Julie said...

I made this yesterday and came out really well! It was my first cheesecake! thanks for the recipe! My sister and i really enjoyed it :)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

So glad you liked it Julie! Thanks for letting me know!

LaLaNeal said...

My brother told me he wanted "some kind of ferrero rocher cake" for his bday. I had no idea where to begin, so I asked him for his second choice in case I couldn't pull it of. He said some sort of cheesecake. You have the perfect combo right here and it looks amazing (and not too difficult)!! I'll be trying it, this weekend. Wish me luck!

Teedo said...

Have just put the cheesecake in the oven, this is going to be our dessert for Christmas dinner. Everyone is looking forward to it. Thanks for posting about it!!

DialloKreed said...

OMG I'm dying for this!!!

shri.samarth agenties said...

Great looking cheesecake!!!But I don't understand I have to put the pan with the cake in a larger pan with water and put everything in oven to bake 180C for 50 min. Please tell me how to do it!!!The cake looks to yummy

shri.samarth agenties said...

Great looking cheesecake!!!But I don't understand I have to put the pan with the cake in a larger pan with water and put in oven 180C for 50 min. to bake? Please tell me how to do...the cake looks so yummyyyy!!!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Hi shri.samarth agenties. Yes that is correct, you should bake this cheesecake in a bain-marie. Put water in a tray (about 1 inch of water) and place the cheesecake mold inside. Good luck!