Gluten Free Vanilla and Amaretti Cheesecake

If you are looking for a Gluten Free dessert that is indulgent enough to serve at a dinner party, look no further than this super rich Vanilla and Amaretti Cheesecake recipe.
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I love cheesecake and it’s super easy to achieve a Gluten Free version if you can find the right biscuits! You could use shop bought Gluten Free Digestives or Shortbread (if you can find nice ones) but I decided to use Amaretti Biscuits for an interesting twist on the traditional cheesecake.

Amaretti Biscuits are traditionally gluten free as they are made using ground almonds, but unfortunately, a lot of supermarket versions are produced using wheat flour and are not suitable. You should be able to find traditional Amaretti Biscuits at an Italian Deli OR you can make your own like I did – for my Gluten Free Amaretti Biscuit recipe click here.

Gluten Free Vanilla and Amaretti Cheesecake

Ingredients

For the Biscuit Base:

1 tbsp Disaronno Liqueur (optional)

180g Gluten Free Amaretti Biscuits, plus a few extra for the top.

100g Unsalted Butter, melted.

1 tbsp Demerara Sugar

For the Filling:

300ml Double Cream

300g Full Fat philadelphia Cheese

300g Mascarpone Cheese

100g Icing Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

To decorate:

50g Plain or Milk Chocolate

A handful of toasted Flaked Almonds

2 Gluten Free Amaretti Biscuits, crushed.

Method:

1) Grease a springform cake tin with melted butter and line the bottom with a circle of baking parchment.

2) Place the amaretti biscuits in a food processor and blend until you are left with biscuit crumbs.

Tip. If you make your own Amaretti biscuits like I did, it is a good idea to make them the day before and leave them to dry out slightly or they will be too chewy.

3) Transfer the biscuits into a small bowl and leave them to soak in the amaretto liqueur for a few minutes (optional), then stir in the melted butter and sugar until the biscuits are coated.

4) Press the biscuits into the base of the cake tin using the back of a spoon. Once the base is covered, pop it into the fridge to chill while you make the filling.

5) In a large bowl whip the cream to soft peaks using an electric hand mixer.

6) In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese, vanilla and sugar until just combined then fold in the cream with a spatula – do not overbeat the mixture or it will become too runny.

7) Spread the filling over the biscuit base using a palate knife to help you achieve a level finish.

8) Leave the cheesecake to set in a fridge overnight or for at least 6 hours.

9) Gently remove your cheesecake from the tin and place on a serving plate – it’s a good idea to run a palette knife around the edge of your cheesecake to help loosen it from the sides of the tin.

10) To decorate: Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan simmering water, remove from the heat and leave the chocolate to cool before transferring it to a piping bag.

11) Pipe chocolate across the cheesecake in a zigzag pattern and then sprinkle on the toasted almonds and crushed Amaretti biscuits.

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Your cheesecake should feed approximately 8 – 10 people – perfect for a large dinner party. Leftovers should be stored in the fridge and should keep for 2 to 3 days.

Gluten Free Amaretti Biscuits Recipe

A lot of my recent bakes have been quite challenging, so today I am taking it back to  basics with my Italian Amaretti Biscuits Recipe.

Amaretti Biscuits are bitesized almond flavoured biscuits which you will often find served alongside a cup of coffee. Traditionally they are made using Ground Almonds instead of flour which makes them Gluten Free, unfortunately a lot of shop bought versions are bulked out with wheat flour which makes them unsuitable for Coeliacs.

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Luckily they are incredibly quick and easy to make at home! This recipe makes approximately 44 small biscuits from only 4 ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to do.

Ingredients

1 Egg White

85g Ground Almonds

85g Caster Sugar

1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 170c (Fan Oven) or Gas Mark 4.

2) In a mixing bowl whisk the egg whites with an electric hand mixer until they become firm.

3) Fold in the ground almonds, caster sugar and vanilla essence until the mixture comes together to form a paste. Do not over mix the paste or it will become too runny.

4) Line three baking sheets with greaseproof baking paper and lightly grease with butter using a pastry brush. You can use a diary free alternative such as oil or dairy free spread instead of butter if you wish.

5) Transfer the paste into a piping bag with a medium plain nozzle and pipe small round blobs onto the baking sheets, leaving space in between each one to allow the biscuits to expand in the oven.

If you are not confident with piping you can use a teaspoon to place each blob on to the baking trays, I just think piping gives a neater finish.

6) Bake the biscuits in a preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are a lovely golden brown.

7) Once you have removed your biscuits from the oven leave them to cool on the baking tray for a few moments, they should then lift off the baking paper quite easily.

Ameretti Biscuits will keep up to two weeks if you store them properly, either in a clip top jar or in an airtight container.