Happy New Year! Today, I’ll share a delicious dessert that could break the strongest of New Year’s resolutions. After all, what’s not to love about Bailey’s, chocolate, and cheesecake, especially when combined into one delicious dessert? Bailey’s is one of my all-time favorite
desserts drinks, so when I found this recipe, I knew I absolutely had to make it! It definitely lived up to my expectations. I guess that means I’m setting a high bar since this is the first cheesecake I’ve ever made!
(Notice the not-so-subtle product placement. I do not get paid by Bailey’s, but if you happen to work for Bailey’s, feel free to send a free bottle my way…)
Here’s the recipe that I used (from gimmesomeoven). I won’t repeat it here, since I only made one significant modification.
First, I made the crust, using chocolate graham crackers, and pressed it into the cheesecake pan.
Then, I made the filling, poured it into the pan, and baked it. I also made a water bath, as the recipe suggested, by filling a 9×13 pan half-way with water and placing it in the oven below the cheesecake like this:
You can tell that I’m at my parents’ house since the oven is so clean. Sadly, as you can see below, my cheesecake still cracked, despite the water bath. Oh well!
Then I covered the cheesecake with a delicious ganache, after which the cracks didn’t matter so much. When I removed the sides of the cheesecake pan, I tasted a little of the cheesecake that was crusted onto the pan and didn’t think it had a strong enough Bailey’s flavor, so I decided to modify the ganache somewhat…
Since Bailey’s is “Irish cream” and the ganache recipe called for “heavy cream,” I substituted Bailey’s for the heavy cream. I thought that the result was delicious and that it greatly enhanced the cheesecake, but the Bailey’s flavor in the ganache was quite strong (perhaps why I liked it so much…). If you aren’t sure how much Bailey’s flavor you can take, you might try using half Bailey’s and half heavy cream for the ganache.
Here’s the finished product:
I wasn’t quite sure whether I wanted the ganache to drip down the sides or stay on top, so I kind of ended up somewhere in the middle. Probably not the best decision, but it tasted great! Looking forward to making this one again sometime!