Thursday, May 23, 2013

No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake with Oreo Crumble Crust

Evil has a face. Well... more like a cheesecake. Specifically speaking, this No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake with Oreo crumble crust is one for the books. And the scale! Grab a glass of milk and get ready!

I made this sweet surrender for Mike's birthday last month. In keeping with tradition, Oreos had to be involved but I tried to use them as an accent instead of the main of focus. I started browsing recipes and this little number caught my eye. Nutella? Oreos? Heck yah. 

Mike and I are both Nutella lovers- a connection we made back in 2009 as the fat-kids after dance practice. He's the only guy I'd met who openly salivated at the sight of Nutella. This is the stuff that real friendships are made of!  When I saw this recipe on Cuisine en Scene, it only seemed appropriate to give it a shot.

This cake is extremely easy to make and the ingredient list is very simple. All you need is cream cheese, nutella, dark chocolate, oreos, and a touch of butter. That's it! First you make the crust by crumbling the cookies with some butter and pressing it to the bottom of a springform pan. Then, you mix the rest together, pour into the pan, and let it firm up the fridge. The result is 100% sinful. Luscious, rich, and decadent all in one pan! It's a neat little mix because the sweetness of the chocolate is balanced by the cream cheese. You literally can only handle eating a sliver at a time because it's so intense.

There are a number of variations that come to mind after making this cake. In terms of ingredients, I would like to try using a low fat alternative to cream cheese like neufchâtel. Same texture overall and mitigated calories! I don't think there's such thing as a low fat version of nutella.  Because of it's density, this would make a divine mini dessert for a party! You could use cupcake or square tins with parchment paper lining to make ensure it doesn't stick. These could even be made into small balls, rolled in oreo crumbs like a cake pop! Get crafty! Make sure you check it out! 

By popular request, here is the translation of this recipe. Please note, you can also use Google Translate whenever you're in a pinch. I am not fluent in French and it's a great resource! There are so many wonderful recipes from other countries, it really does come in handy.

Merci beaucoup à Cuisine En Scéne pour cette recette dangereux! C'est magnifique! Nous avons mangé tout ça! Et pardonez-moi si ma français est mal. J'ai étudié la langue quand j'étais jeune! Bon appétit!

{Thank you very much to Cuisine on Scene for this dangerous recipe! It's magnificent! We ate all of it! And pardon me if my French is bad. I studied the language when I was young. Bon appétit!}

No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake with Oreo Crumble Crust
from Cuisine En Scéne

Lightly butter a 6 to 8 inch spring form pan, depending on how thick you like it. I used a 6-inch spring form pan.

154g Oreos, powdered (I used a food processor)
1 tablespoon butter, melted

400g cream cheese
270g Nutella
70g dark chocolate chips (preferably bittersweet)

A bag of mini Oreos

Mix Oreos and melted butter, press firmly onto the bottom of the spring form pan to make crust.

Place the dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Add the nutella. Heat on low in 10 second increments, until chocolate is melted. Add the cream cheese and mix well to obtain a smooth cream.

Carefully pour the cream on the oreo base crust, starting with the center and spreading the cream to the edges with the back of a spoon. Decorate with the mini Oreos and chill overnight.