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Decadent Tiramisu Cheesecake: A Heavenly Fusion of Two Classics

Prepare to indulge in the ultimate dessert fusion – Tiramisu Cheesecake! Combining the rich flavors of traditional tiramisu with the creamy decadence of cheesecake, this recipe promises to elevate your taste buds to new heights. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that marries the best of both worlds in one delightful dessert.

Ingredients:

For the Crust:
– 1 1/2 cups (150g) graham cracker crumbs
– 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
– 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake Filling:
– 24 oz (680g) cream cheese, softened
– 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
– 3 large eggs, at room temperature
– 1/4 cup (60ml) heavy cream
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Tiramisu Layer:
– 1 cup (240ml) strong brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature
– 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur (such as Kahlua)
– 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder

For the Topping:
– 1 cup (240ml) heavy cream
– 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
– Cocoa powder, for dusting

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C). Grease a 9-inch springform pan and set it aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter for the crust. Mix until well combined. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared springform pan. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then remove it from the oven and let it cool while you prepare the filling.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar together until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla extract until fully incorporated.

4. Pour half of the cheesecake filling over the cooled crust, spreading it evenly with a spatula.

5. In a small bowl, whisk together the strong brewed coffee, coffee liqueur, cocoa powder, and instant espresso powder until well combined. Drizzle half of the tiramisu mixture over the cheesecake layer.

6. Carefully pour the remaining cheesecake filling over the tiramisu layer, smoothing it out with a spatula.

7. Drizzle the remaining tiramisu mixture over the top of the cheesecake layer.

8. Place the springform pan on a baking sheet to catch any potential leaks. Bake the cheesecake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center is slightly jiggly.

9. Once baked, turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake inside with the door closed for 1 hour to cool gradually. This helps prevent cracks from forming on the surface.

10. After cooling in the oven, remove the cheesecake and let it cool completely at room temperature. Then, refrigerate it for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight, to set.

11. Before serving, prepare the topping by whipping the heavy cream and powdered sugar together until stiff peaks form. Spread the whipped cream over the chilled cheesecake.

12. Dust the top of the cheesecake with cocoa powder for an extra touch of indulgence.

13. Slice and serve the Tiramisu Cheesecake, and prepare to be transported to dessert heaven with each decadent bite!

 

Enjoy the irresistible combination of creamy cheesecake and the classic flavors of tiramisu in this heavenly dessert creation. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply treating yourself, this Tiramisu Cheesecake is sure to impress!

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