Friday, 24 May 2013

New York-Style Mocha Hazelnut Cheesecake

I've been on a bit of a mocha kick lately. There was this, and a while ago there was this, and now I'm in New York (in my mind) eating more mocha flavoured delights... I'm sitting at a table in Katz's Delicatessen where I've just eaten a Reuben Sandwich (which is almost as good as my own) and now I'm tucking into a slice of cheesecake with a big cup of joe, talking to the locals and soaking up the atmosphere of this iconic deli, in this glorious city... A girl can dream, can't she?

*NOTE: My cream cheese wasn't as soft as it could have been and I ended up with a few little lumps of it in the filling - there are worse things that can happen.

New York-Style Mocha Hazelnut Cheesecake
from Delicious

250g Oreos
100g toasted hazelnuts, skins removed
120g unsalted butter, melted
4 eggs
250g brown sugar
2 tablespoons plain flour, sifted
500g cream cheese, softened  (make sure it's really soft - *see note)
300g light sour cream
300ml thickened cream, plus extra whipped for serving
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
100g dark chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
80ml espresso coffee, cooled
Icing sugar, to dust

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C. Grease and line the base and sides of a 24cm springform pan.

Blitz the Oreos and hazelnuts in a food processor until fine crumbs. Add the butter and pulse to combine. Press the mixture into the base of the prepared pan. Chill for 30 minutes to firm up.

Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, brown sugar, flour, cream cheese, sour cream, cream and vanilla on low speed for 3-4 minutes until combined. Beat in the chocolate and coffee to combine.

Remove the pan from the fridge and pour in the filling. Tap gently on a flat surface to remove any bubbles. Bake for 1 1/4 hours or until set at the edges but the cake still has a slight wobble in the centre.

Turn the heat off and cool in the oven for 1 hour. Remove the cake from the pan, dust with icing sugar and serve with whipped cream.


  1. Yup! This looks to die for! Thanks for sharing at what i am eating!

  2. Oh wow, this looks incredible. I love Oreo cookies as a base for cheesecake, I don't do this nearly enough.

    And I love your clean, fresh photo style, oh, and I'm pretty sure I have that blue plate in the 2nd last photo :D

  3. I now want a piece of cheesecake!!! All cause of your beautiful pictures :P Love it!

  4. I live about 2 - 2 1/2 hours away from New York and never went to Katz's Deli. One of their famous pastrami sandwiches could feed 4 people! Love the idea of dreaming of a place and making a dish from the area. Even with a couple of cream cheese lumps this looks to die for!
    The word thing you have to do is hilarious: thy ari Afro. (No space in between ari and Afro though.)

  5. Really beautiful Jennifer! I like the cream cheese chunks in there! Some pretty visual interest. I was in New York last summer and I did not get to go to Katz's :( When you go let me know. I'll meet up with you..

  6. This looks absolutely amazing!!

  7. I love your pictures and oh my mocha cheesecake with an oreo cookie crust?!?

  8. Thanks Heather - thanks for hosting.

  9. Thanks Emma. Oreo cookies base - you've gotta do it.

    Looks like we have a few things in common - that's one of my favourite plates.

    BTW: I love your photo style too.

  10. Hey Gabrielle - I wish I could eat a piece with you.

  11. You're a lucky woman to live so close to Katz's Patty. If I lived any closer, I think I would do my self an injury.

  12. Thanks Pink Patisserie.

    I can definitely see us sitting at a table together at Katz's, talking forever and eating humongous sandwiches and chunks of cheesecake.

  13. Thanks Little Kitchie - cheesecake heaven.

  14. @Looking FANCY: Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment.

  15. Thanks you Yii-Huei - it's a killer combination.

  16. Hey Johanna (kirschplunder). I know what you mean.

  17. This looks insanely delicious! I'm totally drooling over it right now. So yummy!

    Visiting from What I Am Eating blog hop :)


  18. Thanks so much Tammy. It is very drool-worthy.

  19. So delicious and creamy! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'm going to try it!