SW recipe: Irish cream and coffee cheesecake

EVERYDAY EASY
Serves 12
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Ready in about 1 hour 15 minutes, plus cooling and chilling
Syns per serving: 4½

Ingredients

Low-calorie cooking spray

8 reduced-fat digestive biscuits

35g Flora Light, melted

250g extra-light soft cheese

500g plain quark, plus 5 tbsp for the topping

25ml Irish cream liqueur

3 level tbsp sweetener granules

1 tsp coffee extract

2 large eggs, plus 1 large egg yolk

5 tbsp fat-free natural Greek-style yogurt

12 chocolate-coated coffee beans, to decorate

1 level tbsp finely grated plain chocolate, to decorate

Method

1 Preheat your oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Spray a deep, non-stick 20cm springform tin with a little low-calorie cooking spray and line the base with baking paper.

2 Put the biscuits into a plastic food bag and bash with a rolling pin to make fine crumbs. Stir the crumbs into the melted spread. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and, using the back of a spoon, press down to cover the base evenly. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 150°C/fan 130°C/gas 2.

3 Put the soft cheese, 500g quark, Irish liqueur, sweetener and coffee extract into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the eggs and egg yolk and blend briefly until the mixture is extra smooth. Pour over the biscuit base and smooth the top. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until set and still slightly wobbly in the centre. Turn off the oven and partially open the door. Leave the cheesecake inside until it’s cool.

4 Carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin and slide it off the base onto a serving plate or cake stand. Mix the remaining quark with the yogurt until smooth and spread it over the cheesecake. Chill for 45 minutes. Just before serving, arrange the coffee beans around the edge of the cheesecake and sprinkle the finely grated chocolate evenly over the top. Cut into 12 slices to serve.

 

Fill up on Free Food®
All our meals are based on Slimming World Free Food – nutritious, everyday foods that fill you up for fewer calories, meaning they’re great for weight loss! Free Food includes lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, pasta, rice, potatoes, pulses, fruit, veg and more. And you can eat these foods freely, making them perfect for satisfying the biggest of appetites. Some Free Foods have the extra bonus of being Speed Food – fruit and veg that are super-low in calories and keep you slimming beautifully. For the best results, always reach for Speed Food first in between meals and include at least a third of a plate of Speed Food at every meal, where it makes sense.

Add in Healthy Extras®
To help provide a good balance of nutrients, enjoy two measured portions of milk or cheese each day – your Healthy Extra ‘a’ choices. Options include 350ml skimmed milk or 250ml semi-skimmed milk; 40g reduced-fat or 30g full-fat hard cheese; 50g mozzarella (cow’s milk); 45g feta or 35g Danish blue, which can be eaten as part of a meal or snack. Also have one portion of wholemeal bread or breakfast cereal each day – your Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice. To keep things simple we’ve built your Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice into the menu plan each day.

Choose your Syns®
Foods and drinks that pose a risk to your weight loss – those high in fat or sugar, as well as alcohol – can be enjoyed as carefully counted Syns. We recommend you plan between 5 and 15 Syns into your day (see the bottom of the next page for some ideas).

Make simple swaps
To help protect your weight loss, choose the leanest meats and trim off any visible fat – cut the white bits off bacon and remove skin from poultry. Dry-fry or cook with low-calorie cooking spray rather than fat or oil, switch sugar for sweetener, and swap cream and crème fraîche for fat-free natural yogurt or plain quark.


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