Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Deep Chocolate Cheesecake

Yield : 12 Servings
24 Chocolatee wafer cookies ( 9 oz pkg.)
1 T . sugar
1/4 C ( 1/2 stick ) butter - melted.
1 9.7 oz. bitter sweet chocolate bar ( 70% cocoa) chopped - best quality you can buy !
4 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/4 C. + 2 T. sugar
1/4 C. cocoa powder - best quality you can buy !
4 Large Eggs
3/4 C. whipping cream
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate , ( 70 % cocoa) chopped - best quality you can buy !
1 T. sugar
* Chocolate Curls - Optional ( LOL)
For Crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter a 9 inch springform pan with 3 inch high sides.Blend the cookies in a food processor until finely ground then blend in sugar and mix. Add the melted butter and mix until well blended . Press crumbs evenly onto the BOTTOM ONLY of the prepared pan. Bake until just set , aprox 5 minutes. Cool while preparing the filling maintaining the oven temperature.
For Filling:
Stir the chopped chocolate in a metal bowl over simmering water until melted and smooth. Remove bowl from over the water and cool the chocolate until lukewarm but STILL pourable. Blend cream cheese , sugar and cocoa powder in a food processor until smooth. Add eggs in 1 at a time , Mix in the lukewarm chocolate . Pour filling over the crust and smooth the top as needed. Bake until the center is just ser and just appears dry , about 1 hour. Cool for 5 minutes and run a knife along the sides to loosen. Chill overnight.
For Topping:
Stir the whipping cream , 6 oz. chocolate and sugar in a heavy pan over low heat un til smooth. Cool slightly . Pour over the center of the cheesecake spreading to within 1/2 inch of the edge, filling any cracks. Chill until the topping is set for 1 hour.
Can be made 3 days ahead...cover with foil and keep refridgerated.
To serve:
Release the pan sides and transfer to a platter . Garnish with chocolate curls. Let stand for 2 hours at room temperature before serving.
Both SU and I are challenged bu the cracks that always appear in cheesecakes, we have tried water bath and no water bath...the cheese cake will do as it wants. I like this recipe if for no other reason than that it knows there will be cracks and basically gives you a free " get over it " pass.
I want this !
I have to lay my head down on my desk now.
**** Don't forget Miss Ree is on " Throwdown With Bobby Flay " tonight....8 pm central ( Texas) time so check your listings and it is an hour long. ****
Dreaming of chocolate..
Aunty Pol

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