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chocolate cheesecake recipe

Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Here's the lovely story behind this Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe : A friend who knows I love baking wanted to give me a new springform cake tin as a birthday present. Instead of just giving me the tin she made me a chocolate cheesecake in it with the recipe very nicely printed out and laminated.

I had always been reluctant to try a chocolate cheesecake recipe cause I had this idea that it looked very complicated and I'm more into baking easy things. Well I wish I hadn't waited so long - Oh heavenly chocolate dream - this is decadently delightful and should go a long way to crowning me a "Fabulous Baker Girl".

There is the option of spooning over a chocolate glaze at the end but it's not necessary. The glaze does make the cheese cake look ultra professional though so maybe if you're making it for a formal function then it's a nice addition. You could also serve the glaze as a sauce instead an so giving the guests the choice. Another option as a cheesecake topping is flaked chocolate or fresh berries.

I have a sneaky suspicion that this is a Nigella Lawson cheesecake recipe because it seems very similar to her Chocolate Cheesecake recipe. Nonetheless I can't think of a better way to start my year than cooking with chocolate so with no further ado here is the ......

Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Makes: 10 - 12 slices

Cheesecake Base Ingredients:

  • 125g crackers
  • 60g butter
  • 15ml cocoa

For The Chocolate Cheesecake Filling

  • 175g dark chocolate, broken up
  • 500g cream cheese (good quality like Philedalphia)
  • 150g castor sugar
  • 1 tablespoon custard powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 150ml sour cream
  • 2,5ml cocoa, dissolved in 15ml hot water

For The Chococlate Glaze (Optional)

  • 75g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 125ml whipping cream
  • 15ml golden syrup

How To Make Chocolate Cheesecake

To make the cheesecake base,

  • Pulse the biscuits in your food processor to make crumbs and then add the butter and the cocoa.
  • Process again until the mix forms damp, lumps of crumbs and then put the biscuit base crumbs into a 23cm springform tin.
  • Press the biscuit crumbs into the bottom of the tin to make an even base and place in the freezer while you make the cheesecake filling.

To Make The Cheesecake Filling

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  • Get some water boiling in the kettle.
  • Melt the chocolate either in a microwave or double boiler, and set aside to cool slightly.
  • Soften the cream cheese by beating with the electric mixer. Add the sugar and custard powder to the cream cheese, beat again to combine it all.
  • Beat in the whole eggs and then the yolks. Then add the sour cream and mix well.
  • Finally add the cocoa dissolved in hot water and the melted chocolate. Mix to a smooth batter.
  • Take the biscuit based springform tin out of the freezer and line the outside of the tin with a good layer of clingfilm. Make sure it is well wrapped. Over that wrap a layer of strong foil. This will protect it from the water it is going to be cooking in.
  • Place the wrapped springform tin in a roasting pan and pour the chocolate cheesecake filling over the biscuit base.
  • Fill the roasting pan with just-boiled water till it is at a level about halfway up the outside of the cake tin and bake in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • The top of the cheesecake should be set, but the underneath should still have a wobble to it.
  • Peel away the foil and clingfilm wrapping and let the cheesecake cool in its tin on a rack.
  • When cooled, cover the top of the cheesecake with clingfilm and place in the fridge. Leave it to set properly overnight.
  • When you are ready to serve it, take it out the fridge a bit earlier to take the chill off before unspringing.

If you decide to make the chocolate glaze:

  • Melt the chopped chocolate, cream and syrup.
  • When the chocolate has nearly melted, take off the heat and whisk it to a smooth sauce.
  • Let it cool a little, and then spoon it over the cheesecake on its serving plate.
  • Use the left-over glaze as sauce.

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