Irish Bailey’s Cheesecake
This is our signature Baileys Cheesecake recipe. It is a gloriously Irish dessert to impress your friends with if you are looking for an Irish dessert from the Emerald Isle of Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Servings Prep Time
6people 15mins
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6people 15mins
Cook Time
  1. Preheat a fan oven to 180C.
  2. Crush the biscuits in a food processor until they resemble fine crumbs. Stir the melted butter through the biscuit crumbs with a knife until it resembles wet sand. Transfer the crumb mixture to a well-greased 20cm (8inch) springform cake tin. First with the back of a spoon and then your hands, gently but firmly press the crumbs into the base of the tin until tightly packed and chill in the fridge for 10 mins to harden the base (or pop it into the freezer for a few minutes).
  3. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, slowly whisk the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth and lump-free, then add the sugar. Next add one egg at a time until just blended, followed by the vanilla extract and Baileys liqueur.
  4. Pour the smooth thick mixture into the chilled biscuit base and first bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes (if the surface of the cheesecake starts to turn a dark brown towards the centre, turn down the oven temperature). Even though the cheesecake may still wobble in the centre, the next stage is to turn the oven off whilst leaving the cheesecake to cool inside the oven for 1 hour with the door closed (resisting the urge to open and close the door).
  5. Remove from the oven, then run a thin knife around the inner edge, then leave at room temperature to cool fully before transferring to the fridge to chill completely.
  6. Carefully remove from the tin, and serve chilled with whipped cream, some raspberries and flake.
Recipe Notes

Students in our Cooking School in Dublin, Ireland simply adore this luxurious Cheesecake recipe. In fact, it is so good that we make it every St. Paddy’s Day! Vanessa Greenwood, the Founder of Cooks Academy, featured the recipe in her weekly recipe column in The Irish Times newspaper.

Here’s a link to the recipe article in the Irish Times Weekend Magazine

So we wanted to share the recipe in time for St. Patrick’s Day so we made a quick tasty style video to show just how easy it is to make. You can find this video below!

If you like watching the video, please give the video a like so we know that you’ll be expecting many more delicious recipes next year! And if you would like to watch more Irish Videos, we have created more recipes on a special St. Patrick’s Day Playlist, so enjoy!!!

The luxuriousness of the recipe comes from the Baileys Irish Cream liqueur.  Of course, in Ireland, we love to sip Baileys in a shot glass with lots of ice cubes, but it gives a lovely flavour in baking too!

If you don’t have Bailey’s, you can always substitute for many of the other cream liqueurs our little island of Ireland is so proud of. Our other favourites are Five Farms, Kerrygold, the Whistler, and Michael’s Irish Creams.

For a touch of Irish luxury, Baileys Cheesecake is a scrumptious dessert. For some, the perfect cheesecake is all about the fluffy filling, for others, it all starts with a perfect, easy to slice, biscuit base. Unlike traditional cakes, avoid over-whisking and adding too much air to the filling (which might lead to cracking).

Digestive biscuits provide an alternative yet classic biscuit base or you can combine them with half and half amaretti biscuits, Oreos or hobnobs. Chopped hazelnuts add a good crunch.

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