Nutella Cheesecake

Our 2016 Valentine's Day dessert.

Source: 
Home Cooking Adventure
Time: 
2.5 hrs
Prep Time: 
30 min
Ingredients: 

Crust

  • 250 g (about 30 oreo cookies), cream removed
  • 6 tbsp (80 g) unsalted butter, melted

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 35 oz (1 kg) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (175g) heavy cream + 2 tbsp, cold 
  • 2/3 cup (190g) Nutella
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, room temperature

Nutella Topping

  • 2/3 cup (190g) Nutella
  • 1/3 cup (80g) heavy cream
Directions: 
  1. Prepare the crust. Preheat oven to 350 F (180C).  Remove the cream between oreo cookies and crush them using a food processor. Melt butter and pour over the crushed cookies. Process until evenly moistened. Press cookie mixture with the back of the spoon into the bottom of a 10-inch (26 cm) springform pan (with a removable base). Bake for 13-15 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Reduce oven temperature to 300 F (150C).
  3. Prepare the cream cheese filling. In a bowl combine the sugar with cornstarch.
  4. In a large bowl beat the cream cheese with 3/4 cup heavy cream until well combined and the mixture seems fluffy as the heavy cream has whipped a bit. (This is very important, because this is what makes possible creating the 2 layers effect.) Gradually add the sugar mixture and mix until creamy and smooth. Add vanilla extract and mix again until well combined. Add eggs one at a time until each egg is incorporated.
  5. Pour 2/3 of cream cheese mixture over the prepared crust.
  6. Add Nutella and 2 tbsp of heavy cream to the remaining cream cheese mixture and mix well until incorporated. 
  7. Carefully add Nutella mixture on top of white cream cheese layer and use a rubber spatula to spread evenly.
  8. Bake for 45-55 minutes on 300F (150C). Turn off the heat and leave it another hour in the oven.
  9. Remove and run a sharp knife completely around the inside edge of the pan. Let it cool completely at room temperature.
  10. Prepare the Nutella topping. Bring cream to a boil and pour over the Nutella. Mix well and spread evenly over the cheesecake.
  11. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Decorate with some chopped hazelnuts before serving if desired.