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This cheesecake has a scrumptious homemade fudge brownie crust.

Recipe by Southern Living November 2005

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
5 mins
cool:
5 mins
bake:
1 hr 35 mins
stand:
15 mins
chill:
8 hrs
total:
10 hrs 30 mins
Yield:
Makes 10 to 12 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Melt butter and unsweetened chocolate squares in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and cool 5 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 cups sugar. Add 2 eggs, 1 at a time, blending well after each addition. Add milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add flour and salt; stirring until well blended. Spread mixture evenly into a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan.

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  • Bake at 325° for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool in pan on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 300°.

  • Beat cream cheese and remaining 3/4 cup sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla, beating just until blended. Add remaining 3 eggs, 1 at a time, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Add sour cream and melted semisweet chocolate squares, beating just until blended.

  • Spoon cherry pie filling evenly over prepared crust. Pour chocolate cheesecake mixture over cherry pie filling.

  • Bake at 300° for 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until edges of cheesecake are set. (Center of cheesecake will not appear set.) Turn oven off; let cheesecake stand in oven 15 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven; gently run a knife around edge of cheesecake to loosen. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours. Release and remove sides of pan; serve with desired toppings.

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