Alongside my Christmas Pudding, I ended up serving a homemade Malteser & Nutella Cheesecake to offer my family on Christmas Day as an alternative dessert choice. It was very easy to make and it only needed 4 hours in the fridge to set.
You will need
200g chocolate digestives
75g unsalted butter
2 grab bags of Maltesers (2 x 135g bags)
2 tbsp nutella chocolate spread
300ml double cream
300ml tub of good quality cream cheese (I used full fat)
Grease a loose bottomed 20cm round tin
Melt the butter in the microwave or saucepan
Meanwhile crush the biscuits and half the contents of one of the Malteser bags - I placed mine in a freezer bag,wrapped in a tea towel and bashed with a rolling pin until they resemble crumbs!
Add the biscuits and Malteser crumbs to the butter and mix well and place into the base of the tin, pressing down to make a flat and even base.
Then place the cream and cream cheese into a large mixing bowl and whisk together - I used an electric hand whisk - for about 2 minutes initially
Then add the chocolate spread and continue to whisk until the cheesecake filling is semi rigid - by this I mean the mixture needs to be thick but not so thick that there is no movement.
Then bash the remaining half filled Malteser bag with the rolling pin again to make some Malteser dust and chards, and add these to the cheesecake mixture and stir through
Then pour the filling on to the biscuits base and spread over evenly
To decorate the cheesecake I top it with some whole Maltesers (about 3/4 of the second bag) and then crush the remaining 1/4 of the bag as before, and scatter the crushed ones over the whole ones (see below)
Place in to your fridge for at least 4 hours and then its ready to serve.