Amazing Irish Cheesecake For St. Paddy’s Day

Made with Cashel blue — Ireland’s first farmhouse blue cheese. YUM.

1. Here is a glorious cheesecake with a special treat inside.

2. The treat is Cashel blue cheese — the most Irish of cheeses.

4. The cake is topped with Caramelized Irish Whiskey Pecans.

Imen is an American who lives on a 19th Century farm in southeast Ireland. She ended up there — chronicling her picturesque life on her blog — after falling in love with an Irish farmer, as one does.

7. Here’s how to make the cake. Unfortunately this recipe does not include instructions for how to score an Irish farmhouse.

8. Cashel Blue Cheese Cheesecake with Caramelized Whiskey Pecans

Recipe by Imen McDonnell

For the crust
1¼ cups crushed graham crackers or digestive biscuits
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter

For the pecans
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups pecan halves
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Irish Whiskey

For the filling
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup cashel blue cheese, room temperature (photo 3)
3 large egg yolks, plus 3 large egg whites, room temperature, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

For the crust
Combine graham crackers, sugar, and butter together. Press into bottom and up sides of 8-9 inch lined, springform baking pan.

For the pecans
Melt butter with Irish Whiskey in small pan over low heat. Add pecans and brown sugar. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture is caramelized. Sprinkle with sea salt and spread out on wax paper to cool

For the assembly
Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in lowest position. Whisk together 3/4 cup sugar, flour, egg yolks, vanilla and salt.

Break up Cashel Blue Cheese and mascarpone with fork.

Whisk cheeses into sugar and egg mixture then add butter with a wooden spoon. Beat egg whites with a mixer on medium speed until foamy. Raise speed to medium-high, and gradually sprinkle in remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Beat until medium glossy peaks form, about 4 minutes.

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