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Rafaello Cheesecake
Rafaello Cheesecake
Rafaello Cheesecake
Rafaello Cheesecake

Ingredients

500 ml heavy whipping cream
75 g coconut flakes
150 g sweetener, confectioners
1 tbsp vanilla extract
100 g butter, unsalted
500 g mascarpone cheese
150-200 g hazelnuts, roasted, finely ground
50 g sweetener, confectioner's
40 g butter, unsalted, cubed, room temperature
No, I am not using the famous pralines in this recipe, but I am creating a Rafaello Cheesecake. Or as a friend of my named it - "a white delight."

Instructions

1.Use a cooking pan to heat heavy whipping cream, powdered sweetener, coconut flakes and vanilla extract. Heat it up at low temperature, continuously stirring the mass. Add butter after removing it from the stove.
2.Let the mix cool down completely (first at room temperature, then in the fridge). After a few hours, add mascarpone to the mix and combine it evenly (with a hand mixer).
3.Use your food processor to make the crust. Grind the hazelnuts first, add sweetener and 40 grams of unsalted butter (room temperature). You can use your hands instead of food processor for this part.
4.After you've made a somewhat homogeneous crust batter, take your spring pan (23 cm / 9-inch) and spread the batter while pressing it to the bottom and edges.
5.Let the crust rest and cool in the fridge for 30 minutes. Take the crust and the white mix out of the fridge and pour the coconut mix into the spring pan. Spread it carefully and evenly. Let the cheesecake cool and set in completely for at least 8 hours. If possible, overnight.

Cheesecake is one of the most popular desserts all around the world. There are so many variations of this creamy dessert. This time I combined it with one of my favorite non-keto sweets – rafaello. No, I am not using the famous pralines in this recipe, but I am creating a rafaello cheesecake. Or as a friend of my named it – “a white delight.”

People all over the world use coconut in all forms, so it is excellent news that it is keto friendly. It is high in saturated fats, which means it’s very satiating. Coconut oil is one of the staple foods in the ketogenic diet. Coconut milk and cream can be used in variety in recipes as a substitute for dairy products (though be careful not to go overboard and get kicked out of ketosis).

The main ingredients for this cheesecake resemble rafaello – coconut, cream, and hazelnuts. I used only hazelnuts for the crust since I want to be as close to the original as possible (and I love them), but you can use any nuts you like. My suggestion is to go for lower-carb options like pecans, macadamia nuts, walnuts, peanuts, almonds… Also, you can bake the crust or avoid the extra hustle and leave it “raw.” I will definitely avoid baking (next time) since the crust tends to crumble while cutting it.

I always try to use mascarpone cheese for all the deserts which call for cream cheese. It is more expensive, but it is incomparably more delicious. However, if you are on a budget, use any cream cheese you normally use for the desserts.

You can make rafaello cheesecake bigger, i.e., “taller” by doubling the amount of mascarpone. It would look far more elegant, but I always go for a lower calorie option.

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