Three layers of chocolate make Jane Shapton's creamy cheesecake a dessert for serious chocolate lovers. Serve it with whipped cream and raspberries.
9 ounces chocolate wafer cookies
1/4 cup (1/8 lb.) butter, melted
1/2 cup whipping cream
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 8-ounce packages cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
How to Make It
In a food processor, whirl cookies into crumbs; you should have 2 cups. Pour into a 9-inch cheesecake pan with removable rim; add butter and mix. Press mixture over bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of pan. Bake in a 350° oven until crust looks dry, about 10 minutes.
In a 1- to 2-quart pan, bring 1/4 cup cream to a boil. Remove from heat, add 2 ounces chocolate, and stir until smooth.
In a large bowl, with a mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, and cocoa until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add chocolate mixture and vanilla; beat until blended. Scrape into crust; spread level.
Bake cheesecake in a 325° regular or 300° convection oven until center jiggles only slightly when pan is gently shaken, about 1 hour. Cool for 1 hour.
In a 1- to 2-quart pan, bring remaining 1/4 cup cream to a boil. Remove from heat, add remaining 4 ounces chocolate, and stir until smooth. Pour over cake and spread level. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or up to 1 day.
Run a knife between cake and pan rim; remove rim. Cut cake into wedges.
I'm looking for the ultimate chocolate cheesecake and this one will suffice until I find IT. Here are the changes I made: 1) Substituted the crust with
â¢ 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
â¢ 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa, preferably black
â¢ 1/4 cup granulated sugar
â¢ 1/3 cup butter, melted
2) I added 1/4 cup more sugar to the cheesecake, and 3) next time I might substitute bittersweet chocolate for the semisweet.
My guests raved about the cheesecake.
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