Warning: triple the chocolate means triple the decadence.
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon stick margarine
1 tablespoon egg white
1 1/3 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 16 crackers)
Vegetable cooking spray
3 tablespoons dark rum
3 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
1 (8-ounce) block nonfat cream cheese, softened
1 (8-ounce) block Neufchâtel cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
Chocolate curls (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place first 3 ingredients in a bowl; beat at medium speed of a mixer until blended. Add crumbs; stir well. Firmly press mixture into bottom and 1 inch up sides of an 8-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes; let cool on a wire rack.
Combine rum and chocolate squares in the top of a double boiler. Cook over simmering water 2 minutes or until chocolate melts, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; add chocolate syrup, stirring until smooth.
Preheat oven to 300°. Place cheeses in a large bowl; beat at medium speed of a mixer until smooth. Add 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, vanilla, and salt; beat until smooth. Add rum mixture; beat at low speed until well-blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Pour cheese mixture into prepared pan; bake at 300° for 40 minutes or until almost set. Combine sour cream, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 2 teaspoons cocoa; stir well. Turn oven off, and spread sour cream mixture over cheesecake. Let cheesecake stand for 45 minutes in oven with door closed. Remove cheesecake from oven, and let cool to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Garnish with chocolate curls, if desired.
This was just okay. The texture was a little off, too light for cheesecake. And the chocolate flavor was not as good as I expected even though I used good quality chocolate. I wouldn't make again, overall the final product was disappointing.
I followed the directions almost exactly. The only differences were that I substituted Bailey's Irish Cream (didn't have rum), and I skipped the last layer of sour cream/chocolate at the end. The cheesecake came out tasting good, but the consistency and texture does not look anything like the picture. It came out on the 'dry' side (maybe the low-butter graham cracker crust sucked out too much moisture from it?). I think this recipe can benefit from using yogurt cheese or a light or fat-free sour cream, to give it the creaminess that it's missing. Tasted good, but I would not make it again.
This was excellent!! I Had some tofu that I had to use up...I try to hide it where I can! So instead of the block of fat free cream cheese, I substituted 6 oz of tofu (I only had soft...next time I will get the firm...it ended up being a little creamy for me). Instead of 3 squares of chocolate, I used a heaping 1/2c of semi sweet choc chips. It turned out fantastic! I didn't tell my family about the tofu and they couldn't tell...they loved it! This recipe also freezes well.
I have made this a couple of times now and it is so awesome. I nix the rum in the recipe and it's not even missed. I serve it with a Raspberry sauce and it's to die for. It's so rich, all you need is a tiny slice....
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