Saturday, June 6, 2009

Chocolate Cheesecake

I promised when baking the Chocolate Cloud Cake that I would bake the Chocolate Cheesecake as well. You might have noticed that I have been making quite a few cheesecakes over time, but that’s because my family loves them! Seriously, gone within a day! I have never had a chocolate cheesecake before, so I was extremely curious how the two flavors of chocolate and cream cheese would taste. Well, it tastes pretty darn good! It still tastes much like a regular cheesecake, but it has a wonderful chocolate taste to it that’s not overpowering. Nigella Lawson’s recipe. I posted a video of her making this wonderful cheesecake. Rating 4 out of 5.

Chocolate Cheesecake recipe: Nigella Lawson - How To Be A Domestic Goddess

Cheesecake Base:
- 1 1/3 cups or 4 ounces graham cracker crumbs
- ¼ cup butter, very soft or melted
- 1 tablespoon cocoa

Cheesecake Filling:
- 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 ½ cups or 18 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- ¾ cup superfine sugar
- 1 tablespoon custard powder or cornstarch
- 3 large eggs
- 3 large egg yolks
- 2/3 cup sour cream
- ½ teaspoon cocoa, dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water

Sauce: (I omitted this and used chocolate sprinkles instead)
- 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon dark corn syrup

Instructions:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- To make the base, process the graham crackers to make rough crumbs and then add the butter and cocoa. Process again until it makes damp, clumping crumbs and then tip them into the pan. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan to make an even base and put into the freezer while you make the filling.
- Put a kettle on to boil.
- Melt the chocolate either in a microwave or double boiler, and set aside to cool slightly.
- Beat the cream cheese to soften it, then add the sugar and custard power, beating again to combine. Beat in the whole eggs and then the yolks, and the sour cream. Finally add the cocoa dissolved in hot water and melted chocolate and mix to a smooth batter.
- Take the springform tin out of the freezer and line the outside of the tin with a good layer of cling wrap, and then another layer of strong foil over that. This will protect it from the water bath.
- Sit the springform tin in a roasting pan and pour in the cheesecake filling. Fill the roasting pan with just boiled water to come about half way up the cake tin and bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The top of the cheesecake should be set, but the underneath should still have a wobble to it.
- Peel away the foil and cling film wrapping and sit the cheesecake in its tin on a rack to cool. Put in the refrigerator once it is no longer hot, and leave to set, covered with plastic overnight. Let it lose its chill before unspringing the cheesecake to serve.
- To make the chocolate sauce: very gently 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 pour it over the chocolate cheesecake on its serving plate.


My Graham crackers are cinnamon-flavored, the grocery store didn't have the normal Graham crackers anymore, but that's ok because you don't really taste it.


The chocolate-y Graham cracker base.


The cream cheese & melted chocolate mixture, so good!


After 1 hour of baking and 3 hours of cooling...


The ultimate chocolate cheesecake!


Nigella demonstrating how to make this delicious cheesecake:

7 comments:

Steph said...

I love Nigella's style, she makes baking and cooking so beautiful. I've never had a chocolate cheesecake ether. I'm not surprised it was gone in one day!

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Snooky doodle said...

I v enever tried chocolate cheesecake. surely it looks mouth watering :)

karl's sweet child said...

wuaw, i've made this cheesecakes but the recipe was from nigella feasts book.
i brought the cheesecake to campus and one of my friend said "the hell with my diet" then she finished couple of slices.
but dont you think its a bit too sour? its from the sour cream maybe..

Paris Pastry said...

It's true, Nigella also has this recipe in her book 'Feast'. Didn't think it was too sour... I only used 1/2 cup of sour cream, instead of 2/3.

Gusnawi Chen said...

wow... so look good and delicious,

want to try to make it at home :)

thanks for infoo.

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Lisa Lorenz said...

Looks amazing and perhaps easy for someone that cant bake that well....I will give it a try!

A Casa da Vá said...

ahhhh i gotta give a try for this recipe! your blog is so awesome i just realize you have a search engine for recipes - amazing!