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Baileys Irish cream cheesecake recipe

Probably the easiest, dreamiest Baileys cheesecake you'll ever come across. No cooking required.

Irish Cream Cheesecake

Baileys Irish cream cheesecake is one of the world's dreamiest desserts. Its deserved fame belies the fact that Irish cream, the liqueur that adds its touch of luxury, was invented only 30-odd years ago. It came about when R & A Bailey found a way of bringing together the two great Irish traditions of distilling and dairy farming.

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Bailey's Irish cream cheesecake
Serve with all the ceremony and aplomb that
  a Baileys Irish cream cheesecake deserves!
The whiskey and cream drink that resulted soon acquired great popularity and it was only a matter of time before chefs started adding it to their favourite recipes. And so Baileys Irish cream cheesecakes (and a host of Irish cream cakes, tarts and puddings) were conceived, much to the delight of our tastebuds.

Of course, only the brave and the thin should dare calulate the calories, but for utter indulgence and an occasional scrumptious treat, they can't be beaten.

The recipe below is a seriously easy version that involves no cooking and no gelatine. And takes only ten minutes to prepare.

The only hard part is the three hours wait while it chills in the fridge!

Variation on the theme!

Try my exclusive recipe for an absolutely delicious Baileys Cake. See the link in the Related Pages box above. It's a simple-to-make and simply scrumptious sponge that's been much appreciated as a birthday cake, but also wins plaudits as an afternoon tea cake. Give it a go. You'll love it!

Whiskey, the water of life

The first authentic record of Irish whiskey appears in the Annals of the Four Masters in 1405. It states that the chieftain's heir, Risteard Mac Raghnaill, died on Christmas Day of a 'surfeit of aqua vitae', meaning 'water of life'.

A footnote was added by a witty scribe: 'Mine author says it was not to him aqua vitae, but aqua mortis.'

If you fancy a lovely cake with a nice moist texture (courtesy of this 'water of life'), try my scrumptious Irish whiskey cake recipe.


Ingredients for a 9-inch cheesecake:

  • 100g/3½oz unsalted butter
  • 250g/8¾oz biscuits such as Digestives, Hobnobs, Oaties. Crushed.
  • 450g/1lb Cream cheese such as Philadelphia
  • 1 slug of Baileys Irish cream
  • 100g/3½oz icing sugar
  • 300ml/10½oz double cream
  • 60g/2oz chocolate (dairy or plain, as you prefer)


    Gently melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the crushed biscuits and mix until the butter has been absorbed. Remove from the heat.

    While it's still warm, press the mixture (using the back of a spoon) into the bottom of a lined 23cm/9inch springform or flan tin. Leave to set for one hour in the fridge.

    While it is chilling in the fridge, grate the chocolate. If your kitchen is warm, you should pop the gratings in the fridge, too.

    In a bowl, whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.

    In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is soft. Beat in the icing sugar and a shot of Baileys. Fold in the whipped cream and three-quarters of the chocolate. When the mixture is smooth, smooth it evenly onto the biscuit base.

    Refrigerate and allow to set for at least two hours. If you can bear to leave it overnight, so much the better.

    To serve, remove from the tin and decorate. You can either sprinkle the remaining grated chocolate over the top for a simple finish, or add some individual chocolates and flakes for a more elegant and ceremonial dressing.

    Some people serve individual portions with additional cream, poured over or
    whipped into a peak. Personally, I don't think this is necessary as this Baileys
    Irish cream cheesecake is already fabulously rich.

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