Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

Monday, February 15, 2010

This is my favorite go-to recipe for cheesecake. I love cheesecake and I love chocolate. I served this at a catered event on Saturday night and not only was it all gone, but it seemed someone scraped my serving plate……clean, lol. Wish there had been a piece left over for me. Don’t feel too badly for me though…Dear Son #2 made me Crepes w/Strawberries & Whipped for Valentine’s Day. He’s a gem!!

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

1 package (9 ounces) chocolate wafer cookies
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 bars (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
Chocolate Genache, for topping

Preheat oven to 325° degrees. Assemble a 9-inch springform pan with the raised side of the bottom facing down.

In a food processor, pulse cookies until finely ground. Add butter, and pulse to moisten. Transfer to prepared pan, and press crumbs firmly and evenly into the bottom. Place pan on a rimmed baking sheet; bake 10 minutes, and set aside.

Wipe out bowl and blade of food processor. Add cream cheese, sugar, and salt; blend until smooth. With motor running, add eggs, then sour cream, and finally chocolate; blend filling until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.

Pour filling onto crust, and bake just until set, 1 hour. Turn oven off, and let cheesecake sit 1 hour in oven, without opening (this helps prevent cracking).

Run a thin knife around the edge of the pan (this helps prevent cracking, too); leave in pan, and cool completely on wire rack. Cover loosely and refrigerate, at least 6 hours or up to overnight.

Prepare Chocolate Genache. Unmold cheesecake. Spread ganache in center of cheesecake; let set before serving.

Chocolate Genache
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 ounces chopped semi-sweet chocolate

In a small saucepan, bring cream to boil. Remove from the heat, stir in chocolate. Stir unitl melted, then set aside until thickened, 2 to 5 minutes.

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