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It was my Mum’s birthday recently, and she’s not one for fuss, so it went by quite un-celebrated… Until the weekend afterwards, when both brothers and my Sister in law came to visit for the weekend. If you know me/us, you’ll know, we’re a close knit family, and we like nothing more than when we can all be together… when that happens, food, and wine is very much involved.

We had already settled that we would get a take away to save Mum from cooking, but I decided that it was the perfect time to treat Mum, and give her a little birthday celebration…. (Except we couldn’t call it that because she didn’t want to celebrate… Killjoy!)

Since she doesn’t like cake, in general, a cheesecake was in order. Mum’s absolute favourite pudding in the entire world, is Bailey’s Cheesecake. I had never made it, i’m not a huge cheesecake lover, but… sacrificial love, and all that….

So I did a bit of research of many different recipes, and ended up with this…. (I wanted a non-baked one, because baked cheesecake is Dad’s idea of sick on a plate. I also wanted one that wouldn’t kill me to make, so I could still have energy for fun with the Fam…)

Ingredients: 

100 g Butter

250g Digestives (crushed up with a rolling pin…. great way to batter your worries away!)

600g Philadelphia light (see… it’s  a healthy cheesecake… ;))

30mls Baileys (or own brand equiv)

100g Icing sugar

300mls double cream (Whipped) – I used elmlea low fat double cream…

100g Grated Chocolate

Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the digestives, and mix well until the digestives have absorbed the butter. Press firmly into the bottom of a greased 18cm/7in springform, or loose bottom tin… I used loose bottomed… Leave to set in the fridge for at least an hour.

Meanwhile, lightly whip the cream cheese, then beat in the baileys and icing sugar, fold in the whipped cream and grated chocolate, carefully. At this point… it’s a must that you have a taste… for no other reason than… it’s YUMS.

Spoon evenly onto the biscuit bottom and spread until smooth. Leave in the fridge for 2 hours… at least… Then dust with cocoa powder and serve massive slabs. 😉

Happy Cheesecaking…..

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