Cookbook:Chocolate Cheese Cake
|Chocolate Cheese Cake|
Chocolate cheesecake, rich in both chocolate and cheese. It is noticeably less sweet than many other American desserts, and somewhat more complicated.
- 5 Tbs butter, melted
- 2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs, or the equivalent in chocolate cookies or chocolate Graham crackers
- 3 packages (8 ounces (235g) each) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 5 large eggs
- 4 ounces (215g) (4 squares) semisweet chocolate, melted
- 6 ounces (150g) (6 squares) semisweet chocolate, melted
- ½ cup sour cream
- Place rack in center of the oven. Preheat oven to 150 °C (300 °F).
- If starting with whole cookies, crackers, or wafers, place them in a sturdy plastic bag a few at a time and crush using a rolling pin, or grind using a food processor.
- Mix together chocolate crumbs and melted butter.
- Press crumb mixture into bottom and sides of 9-inch springform pan.
- In a large bowl, beat together sugar and eggs at medium speed, slowly adding cream cheese, until smooth and fluffy.
- Spoon half of cream cheese mixture into crust.
- Melt 4 ounces of chocolate using a double boiler or, with care, a microwave. Stir into remaining cream cheese mixture until well blended.
- Drizzle over batter in crust. Draw a spoon or other implement through the batter a few times to make swirls. Spread evenly.
- Bake cheesecake for 50 minutes. After the first 30 minutes has gone by, place aluminum foil on top to prevent cracking and scorching.
- Cool completely.
- Cover with plastic wrap, and chill for about 2 hours, up to several days.
- Transfer cheesecake to a serving plate.
- Uncover cheesecake; carefully remove side of pan.
- Melt remaining chocolate.
- Mix with sour cream.
- Spread over cake, and chill to set.
Notes, tips, and variations
- Brown sugar is not absolutely necessary (can substitute granulated), but it provides better flavor.
- If no electric mixer is available, the cream cheese can be mixed with egg yolks one-at-a-time before the whites are added. Unless you find separating eggs extremely difficult, this will be worthwhile for the effort saved in mixing.
- Without a springform pan, a cake this stiff will require that at least the first piece be broken up in the process of serving. Fortunately, it's often easy to find someone who doesn't care.
- Without aluminum foil, the top of the cake will crack and brown somewhat, but frosting covers it effectively, making it practically unnoticeable.