Nutella Ganache Covered Cheesecake
Nutella Ganache Covered Cheesecake is a New York style cheesecake recipe that is a dense yet fluffy cheesecake base, covered in a thick layer of Nutella ganache. The ultimate decadent cheesecake experience! Enjoy this cheesecake at your next celebration!
Nutella Ganache Covered Cheesecake is a New York-style cheesecake recipe with a dense yet fluffy cheesecake base covered in a thick layer of Nutella ganache. The ultimate decadent cheesecake experience! Enjoy this cheesecake at your next celebration!
Note: This post was originally published on September 2, 2011. The recipe has been updated from the archives with updated content and photographs, as well as improved kitchen notes and recipe annotation. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen.
Don’t blink. Because if you do, a decade passes. Just like that.
Loved ones lost.
Houses become homes.
Farewells turn into new beginnings.
10 years ago today, I married the man I have grown to love more and more each day, in ways I could have never understood a decade ago. The years have brought us closer, and we have been blessed in so many ways. I share glimpses of this with you. And I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without him.
So, something sweet. This Nutella Ganache Covered Cheesecake represents so much of our ten years of marriage. There is the sweet, and there is the savory. There is the appreciation of the unknown (you may be surprised to learn that this Nutellaholic married a man who did not understand the virtues of chocolate hazelnut until recently – proof that we all can learn to love something new, if only we try). There is the nostalgia (the day I met my husband, I ate a chocolate-dipped cheesecake). There is the shared (we both love a good New York-style cheesecake).
I have long been on the hunt for a New York-style cheesecake recipe that reminds me of the dense yet fluffy creations I grew up on back East. Many versions later, I think I have finally found one that works, for now. I turned to Ina Garten; if anyone would understand a good cheesecake, surely she might…and she did not let me down for this Nutella Ganache Covered Cheesecake.
Celebrate with us – celebrate those milestones – appreciate the sweetness of love.
How to Make Nutella Ganache Covered Cheesecake
The best part about showstopper desserts like cheesecake is that the steps are spread out over time. It’s may look complicated, but truly, it’s quite simple! You just need to allow for a little time in your schedule!
We start with making the graham cracker crust. If you have a food processor, it makes quick work of blitzing the graham crackers into crumbs, but you can easily crush the graham crackers in a resealable bag and mash it with a rolling pin. Once you have the crumbs, simply mix in the butter and sugar, and press it into a springform pan. A quick bake in the oven will allow the crust to come together.
While the crust bakes, make the ganache. If you prefer an extra layer of chocolatey goodness, spread a little ganache over the crust, but this is optional. Chill the crust while you make the filling.
The filling couldn’t be simpler. Blend all the ingredients for the cream cheese filling until smooth, then pour into the prepared crust. Then it’s off to bake!
Once the cheesecake has baked and cooled to room temperature, chill the cheesecake overnight. The longer it chills, the better it tastes – cheesecake tends to cure over time, if you let it chill for a day or two, I find the flavor gets even better.
Decorating the chilled cheesecake with a ganache topping and Ferrero Rocher chocolates brings this over the top! Be sure to chill the cake one more time to allow the ganache to firm before slicing and serving.
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Nutella Ganache Covered Cheesecake
For the crust:
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 10 crackers
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the ganache:
- 3/4 cup Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
For the filling:
- (5) 8 oz packages cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 5 whole large eggs at room temperature
- 2 large egg yolks at room temperature
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 2 lemons
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Ferrero Rocher Fine Hazelnut Chocolates
Make the crust
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a food processor or blender, process graham crackers till fine. If you don’t have a food processor, you can also place the crackers in a resealable bag and crush with a rolling pin. Add butter and sugar, and combine. Pour into pan, pressing down with fingers or measuring cup. Bake in the oven for about 8 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
- Raise the oven temperature to 450°F.
Make the Nutella ganache
- Make the Chocolate Nutella Ganache according to the instructions linked in the notes section below. Use just enough (about 1/3 cup) to lightly coat the crust. Place in the refrigerator while you make the filling.
Make the filling
- In a bowl of an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes. The mixture should be light and fluffy. Lower the mixer speed to medium and add the eggs and egg yolks, a couple at a time, scraping down the bowl periodically. Lower the mixer speed to low and add the sour cream, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Pour into the refrigerated crust.
- Place the pan on a foil covered baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn down the oven to 225°F and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn the oven off and open the oven door. Let the cheesecake sit in the opened oven untouched for 30 minutes. Carefully remove the cheesecake from the oven and allow it to cool completely at room temperature for three hours. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
The following day
- The following day, carefully remove the cheesecake out of the pan: run a wet knife along the edge of the pan then unlatch the sides to remove. Stir the ganache to soften. Carefully and slowly pour the ganache over the cheesecake, starting in the center and allowing the ganache to move outwards and over the edge and sides of the cake, if you wish. Garnish with Ferrero Rocher Chocolates. Return to refrigerator and chill until the ganache is firm before serving.