5.06.2011

Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake



My husband likes to call it dangerously decadent chocolate cheesecake! I make this once or twice a year for special occasions and have yet to take a decent picture of it...but trust me, it's divine. If you're into luxuriously rich, chocolatey desserts, this cheesecake is for you. I like to serve it with strawberries on the side.
And a huge glass of milk.


Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake
At least 8 servings

Crust:
1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs*
2 Tbsp white sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted

In small bowl, mix together cookie crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press into bottom and sides of lightly-greased, 9-inch spring form pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Allow to cool. (Sometimes, in a hurry, I'll stick it in the freezer to help it cool faster.)

Filling:
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened (room temp)
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

In small saucepan, heat chocolate chips and whipping cream, stirring constantly, until chips are melted. Remove from heat.

In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add cocoa and beat well. Add eggs and beat on low until just blended. Stir in vanilla and reserved chocolate mixture until blended. Pour over cooled crust and bake at 325 for 45-50 minutes or until center is almost set. (Cheesecake tip: When the cheesecake is almost done, I like to turn off the oven, crack the oven door, and let the cheesecake sit for 30 min or so. This tends to help prevent cracking...although this recipe has a topping that covers up any cracks!)

Topping:**
1/4 cup heavy chipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

In small saucepan, heat whipping cream and vanilla, stirring constantly, until just before boiling. Have chocolate chips ready; pour in the hot cream and stir until smooth. Spread over baked cheesecake and refrigerate overnight (the flavor is better the day after). Serve with fresh strawberries.

*I usually use about 20 oreos (with the filling scraped off) and run them through the food processor to get them really fine.
**Sometimes I half the topping recipe to make the topping thinner; either way is yummy (in the photos above, I did not half the topping--it shows how thick the layer is).

2 comments:

Mary said...

Ummm...I just gained like 25 pounds lookin gat pictures.

Jakob said...

Chocolate Cheese Cake...Best birthday present ever!!!

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