Gino's Italian Express

No-bake chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake

Delizioso! The crunchy hazelnuts are a beautiful complement to the gooey chocolate filling and biscuity base.

Serves 8


For the base:

300g digestive biscuits 150g salted butter, melted

For the filling:

700g full-fat cream cheese (room temperature)50g icing sugar400g chocolate spread2 teaspoons vanilla extract2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sieved

For the topping:

200g chocolate spread2 teaspoons vanilla extract 80ml double cream80g toasted hazelnuts, chopped


  • To make the base, put the biscuits in a food processor and blitz to crumbs. Add the melted butter and blitz again.

  • Tip the buttery crumbs into a non-stick springform cake tin, 23cm diameter. Press the mixture evenly over the bottom using your fingers and/or the back of a tablespoon. Transfer to the fridge and chill while you make the filling.

  • To make the filling, put the cream cheese and icing sugar in a large bowl and whisk using an electric whisk on a low setting until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the chocolate spread, vanilla and cocoa and continue whisking until smooth.

  • Spoon the mixture over the biscuit base and spread the mixture evenly using the back of the spoon. Cover with cling film. Place the tin on a tray and chill for at least 6 hours.

  • Meanwhile, make the topping. Put the chocolate spread in a large heatproof bowl with the vanilla. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over a medium heat. As soon as the cream starts to simmer, pour it over the chocolate mixture and leave for 2 minutes. Slowly stir until smooth then leave to cool slightly.

  • Remove the cake from the fridge, take off the cling film and spoon over the chocolate topping. Smooth the surface with the back of a spoon. Cover again with the cling film and freeze for about 2 hours or until firm.

  • Loosen the cheesecake from the tin by running a kitchen knife or palette knife dipped in hot water around the inside of the tin. Sprinkle over the hazelnuts. Carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin, unlatching the springform and lifting off the sides, and cut into slices.

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Gino's Italian Express