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Frozen Cheesecake with Baileys and Chocolate

Naughty, but irresistible! Due to the fact that we live on opposite coasts, any chance to be in the kitchen together is a treat. We recently did have the opportunity to make two dinners together, and this was one of the desserts —  lucky us, in more ways than one! We find this confection is perfect to make for a special occasion, as you can make it ahead and keep it in the freezer until the day you want to serve it. And although it’s large enough for a crowd, we have to admit that the four of us made a fairly good dent in it with a wee dram of whiskey on the side. Great food. Great friends. What more is there?!?

Frozen Cheesecake with Baileys and Chocolate

9 oz butter (18 tbs.)
18 oz. digestive biscuits (32 biscuits)
1 lb. 2 oz. cream cheese, softened
7 fl. oz. heavy cream
4 oz. caster sugar (1/2 cup)
18 oz. vanilla ice cream, softened (2 2/3 cups)
7 fl. oz. Baileys Irish Cream liqueur
2 fl. oz. espresso or strong coffee
dark or milk chocolate, grated

Gently melt the butter in a pan or in the microwave. Put all the digestives into a food processor and pulse until crumbled, but not too fine (or put in a double-bag and bash with a rolling pin). Add the butter and pulse to combine.

Take the base out of a 8-inch springform pan and line the ring with a large piece of cling film to come up the sides, before you put the base back in. Line the base with a circle of parchment paper. Tip in the crumb mixture and press down firmly and evenly on the base and up the sides. Freeze to set while you make the filling.

Beat the cheese soft with an electric mixer or wooden spoon in a very large bowl. Add the cream and sugar, and beat until smooth and creamy.  Add the ice cream, the Baileys, and coffee. Fold together, bit by bit, until smooth. Pour into the prepared pan and cover with more cling film. Place in the freezer until needed. Bring the cheesecake out of the freezer 20 minutes before serving. Lift out the pan, using the cling film to help you, and top with grated chocolate.

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