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Baked honey cheesecake with a chocolate-hazelnut crust

Cheesecake. It’s one of my favourite desserts. I love baked cheesecake though sometimes it can be a little on the heavy side. I’m always on the lookout for ways to make my favourite desserts a little lighter so for this, my LAST post for Liberté, I wanted to experiment with their Honey Greek Yogurt 0% to see if I could bake up a tasty dessert with a few less calories.

Liberté honey greek yogurtHoney and chocolate is a combination that I like a lot (who doesn’t – I mean, think Toblerone…) so I wanted to see if I could incorporate both flavours in a cheesecake without it being overly sweet.  I decided to go with chocolate in the crust instead of swirling it in the actual cheesecake mix and was pleased with the contrast of the sweet crust and the slightly tart filling.

And that light coating of chocolate on top? Well, I’ll be honest and say this cracked a little once it had cooled down (next time I will cool this in the oven, turned off, with the door open so it is not so much of a shock to the mix) but this was easily remedied with a very soft dusting of finely grated chocolate. I made individual portions because I am someone who likes to have my own personal dessert, though you could make a bigger one if you like.

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Baked honey cheesecake with a chocolate-hazelnut crust
 
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Baked cheesecake made with light cream cheese and 0% Greek yogurt. You'll never know it's light.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups chocolate graham cracker cookies
  • ½ cup raw, unsalted hazelnuts
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 250g light cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 200g Liberté Honey Greek Yogurt 0%
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 eggs
  • finely grated semi-sweet chocolate, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350˚F.
  2. If your mini-springform pans are not non-stick, lightly grease them.
  3. Place the cookies and hazelnuts in the bowl of a food processor, and pulse until your mixture is the texture you like it. For this recipe you may prefer a finer crumb.
  4. Transfer cookie and nut crumbs to a separate bowl and add melted butter, mixing until well combined.
  5. Distribute the crumb mixture evenly in the springform pans, pressing down with your fingers until it is solidly packed in.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes then remove and chill whilst you prepare the filling.
  7. Lower oven temperature to 300˚F.
  8. Using an electric hand mixer, combine cream cheese, yogurt, sugar and honey until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  9. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  10. Pour mix into the prepared pans over the crust.
  11. Rap the pans a couple of times on a countertop to make sure the filling is distributed evenly over the surface of the crust.
  12. Bake for 35 minutes. The top of the cheesecake will still be a little wobbly.
  13. Turn the oven off and open the door. Leave pans in oven for about 15 minutes, then remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
  14. Refrigerate, removing from fridge about 10-15 minutes before you will serve them.
  15. Serve with a dusting of finely grated chocolate.

 

I really like not only the look of this but the taste. A winner and honestly, even though it was made with light cream cheese and 0% yogurt, you would never know it’s in any way “light”. (And yes, for those of you who read my blog closely, you’ll notice this crust is the exact same as the one for the double chocolate and banana tart on Friday. When I realised I didn’t have the time to make the pastry for that one, I figured this crust would work too. And it did!)

For more fabulous recipes and to discover their Greek yogurt line, visit Liberté now.

* It’s my THIRD blog birthday! To celebrate, I am giving away a copy of Wini Moranville’s “Bonne Femme Cookbook” – open to anyone, anywhere.  Contest closes on Tuesday May 22nd at 9pm EST and winner will be announced Wednesday May 23rd. Good luck!

** I’m submitting this post to this month’s Monthly Mingle – Oh Honey! – roundup.  Check out Monthly Mingle here.

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25 Responses to Baked honey cheesecake with a chocolate-hazelnut crust

  1. Sarah, Maison Cupcake May 20, 2012 at 06:10 #

    Looks tasty – I hope you made more than one?!

  2. Paula May 20, 2012 at 08:15 #

    Looks great. That chocolate crust making a re-appearance here should be the go-to crust for tarts and cheesecakes. I’m a big fan of individual desserts too, they are so cute!

  3. Lisa May 20, 2012 at 17:09 #

    Mardi, This looks delicious, and I love the addition of hazelnuts.

  4. Tami May 20, 2012 at 18:36 #

    Great timing Mardi……was going to be on the hunt for a cheesecake recipe I hadn’t made before when I got home from work tonight.

    Look no further…….thanks heaps Mardi :)

  5. Words Of Deliciousness May 20, 2012 at 22:05 #

    This is really a beautiful cheesecake. I love the crust with the hazelnuts and the dusting of chocolate on the top. Yummy!

  6. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction May 21, 2012 at 15:44 #

    This looks divine, Mardi! What a perfect take on cheesecake. I am now officially craving some cheesecake, too. :)

  7. Michelle May 21, 2012 at 17:07 #

    You had me at CHEESE. But honey and hazelnut too? YUM. Well done.

  8. idiosyncratic eye May 22, 2012 at 05:36 #

    I am drooling. (You might not have wanted to know that). And I am now so hungry that I’ve had to make myself lunch at half past ten, unfortunately not one of these cheesecakes though! :)

  9. Vicki @ WITK May 24, 2012 at 09:58 #

    Aww, it’s a personal size cheesecake! I love the sounds of a honeyed cheesecake, these flavors sound perfect together.

  10. Sneh | Cook Republic May 24, 2012 at 23:27 #

    Mardi, this is gorgeous!! Would be a perfect fit for Monthly Mingle May 2012 – Oh Honey .. have a look see! http://www.cookrepublic.com/blog-events/monthly-mingle-may-2012-oh-honey/

  11. Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen May 26, 2012 at 16:25 #

    Lovely light cheesecake – can’t get enough of honey! BTW, congrats on your third blogoversary. Blogs come and go. It is a real feat to stay interested and interesting for the long haul. Well done!

  12. Coco June 4, 2012 at 13:04 #

    YUMO!

  13. Tandy June 6, 2012 at 02:43 #

    I think this could be a baked cheesecake I try! Congrats on your third birthday :)

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