17 December 2014

Nutella Cheesecake and New Kitchen Toys

You may or may not have noticed, but Christmas is nearly here! I've never allowed myself to be responsible for cooking Christmas Dinner - instead I always dash to the nearest relative who has offered to feed me (usually my dad!), but I do always take dessert! 

I find cheesecake to be a perfect Christmastime dessert, as you can make it in any festive flavour you wish, it's mega easy to chuck together and it always tastes amazing! I was recently pointed in the direction of Nigella Lawson's Nutella Cheesecake Recipe and figured the delicious combination of chocolate and nuts (two things irrevocably linked with Christmas as far as I'm concerned!) would be just the thing for this years post-dinner treat! 

And of course,... I had to make a practice one first!

Nigellas nutella cheesecake

I was sent this awesome Russell Hobbs 6-in-1 blender to make the job easier! This is my new favourite kitchen toy (shhh, no one tell my Soup Maker I said that!) It has six different attachments for whisking, blending, creaming and slicing so comes in handy for all kinds of cooking scenarios, as well as being hand-held, light weight and not taking up loads of room - perfect for my kitchen! 

great kitchen gadgets

It's a nice short and simple ingredients list for this one!
250g biscuits (Nigella uses digestives but mine are choc-chip hobnobs, 'cos I'm fancy like that!)
75g butter
400g Nutella
100g chopped hazelnuts
500g cream cheese
60g icing sugar

personalised nutella jar

And yes, that jar of Nutella does indeed have my name on it. The coolest thing ever? I think it might be! Here's a closer look! 

kelly nutella

I feel famous! 

Anyway. simply chuck all your biscuits in the blender bowl with the butter and a healthy spoonful of Nutella and blitz 'til it starts to clump together. If you don't have a fancy blender thing you can just beat them up a lot with a big spoon, which is how I'd have done it previously, but trust me it's a lot easier with the blender!

how to make cheesecake

Throw in a couple of spoonfuls of the nuts and pulse until you have this sort of sticky crumbly mess.

russell hobbs blender

Then, line the bottom of a springform cake tin with the biscuit mixture. Pop it in the fridge to chill.

heart shaped cake tin

While the base is chilling, beat together the cream cheese and icing sugar.

easy cheesecake

 I used the whisk attachment, and like an idiot I was half way done when I realised the hand blender has different power settings - oops! This thing has a surprising amount of power once you've got it turned to the right place! 

mixing cheesecake filling

When it's all mixed in, add the rest of the Nutella and give it another whisk until smooth.

blob of nutella

Spread the cheesy Nutella all over the biscuit base. Sprinkle with the remaining hazelnuts and pop back in the fridge for a good four hours, if not overnight.

heart shaped cheesecake

hazelnut topped cheesecake

Once it's completely chilled, it's ready to serve. I recommend a big slice, this is delicious!

 nutella desserts

It tastes like it's harder to make than it is, if you know what I mean. Apart from chilling time, it takes pretty much nothing to throw this together but definitely wouldn't be out of place served up after the most important meal of the year. Or, to be fair, anytime. Like now. Just going to the kitchen for a moment....

* I gratefully received the Russel Hobbs blender to play with for free, as well as my amazing personalised Nutella! 

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