Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Dessert: Chocolate - Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Reading this recipe from Nigella Lawson's new book ‘Kitchen’, I felt a bit taken aback. As much as I love chocolate and peanut butter together, incorporating it into a cheesecake seemed over the top. Even Nigella herself had reservations about it. She writes: I feel a bit apologetic for the overindulgent vulgarity that is this cheesecake here. But, really, why should I be sorry? You won’t be once you’ve eaten it; though perhaps I should warn that it’s not for the faint-hearted. Unashamed indulgence, wallowingly so, is what this recipe is all about.”


Chocolate - Peanut Butter Cheesecake


So why did I try it anyway? Well, it's Thanksgiving day (which is not celebrated in Europe, but I can't resist making a Thanksgiving dessert each year) and a cheesecake seemed like the perfect Thanks Day dessert. I always like making cheesecakes, or should I say, I like serving them, because the people around me seem to get high off the cheesecakes I bake and shower me with compliments. And I am 100% sure I'll get them this time as well, because this cheesecake is a dessert-lover's dream! Rating: 5 out of 5.




Chocolate - Peanut Butter Cheesecake: Nigella Lawson - Kitchen

Ingredients for base:
- ½ (14-ounce) box graham crackers (2 cups crumbs)
- ½ cup salted peanuts
- ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 4 tablespoons soft unsalted butter

Ingredients for filling:
- 2 (8-ounce) bars cream cheese
- 3 eggs
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 cup superfine sugar
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter

Ingredients for topping:
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 9-inch springform pan

*All the ingredients should be at room temperature before you start.

Instructions:
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Process the crackers, peanuts, bittersweet chocolate chips, and butter in a food processor. Once it comes together in a clump, turn it into a springform pan and press into the bottom and up the sides to make the crunchy crust. Put it in the refrigerator while you make the filling.
- Add all the filling ingredients to a food processor and pulse until it becomes a smooth mixture.
- Pour and scrape the filling into the crust and bake for 1 hour, checking after 45 minutes. The top, only, should feel set and dry.
- Take the cheesecakes out of the oven and set aside while you make the topping. Warm the sour cream and milk chocolate with the brown sugar in a small saucepan over a low heat. Gently whisk to blend in the chocolate as it melts, then take the pan off the heat.
- Spoon and spread the topping very gently over the top of the cheesecake, being as careful as you so as not to break the surface. (Not that anything bad will happen; you'll just have chocolate marbling the cake a bit.) Put it back in the oven for a final 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven and cool. (My cheesecake topping took about 8 hours overnight to set.) Slice and serve.
- Make Ahead: Make the cheesecake up to 2 days ahead. Cool and chill as directed. Do not cover until completely cold, then cover with a plate or plastic wrap, making sure that the covering does not touch the surface. Unmold and serve as directed in the recipe. This will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days total.
- Freeze Note: The cheesecake can be frozen for 1 month. Make sure it is thoroughly chilled then wrap, still in its pan, in a double layer of plastic wrap and layer of aluminum foil. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and eat within 2 days. A small amount of condensation may appear on surface of the cheesecake after thawing, but it is still fine to eat.


Chocolate - Peanut Butter Cheesecake

If you have any concerns or reservations about making a cheesecake that is
so overindulgent, just watch Nigella Lawson making it. She'll win you over.

21 comments:

Danielle said...

I love cheesecake too. I made one for Thanksgiving but the top cracked/: I'll just cover it up with cool whip though(: Yours looks amazing! I love the topping on it. And the candy on top.

petit fournil de paris said...

Gorgeous recipe. Love your choice; It sounds wonderful, and looks like this, too. :)
And, I like the video.
Lovely regards,

xx, Jana from petit fournil de paris

Love From Eden said...

Yummmm! This looks so delicious xx

cakeje van eigen deeg said...

that looks perrrrfect!! wow. amazing. haven't had cheesecake in a while.

Becca said...

mmmm this looks really really good. i'll have to make this sometime!

High Heeled Life said...

Peatnut butter ~ chocolate ... cheese cake .. I'm in love... scrumptious recipe...xo HHL

Shareena said...

Very rich and your cheesecake looks amazing! once a year ..no harm..right? :D happy thanksgiving!

Chele said...

Oh this would just be perfect fro Christmas day dessert (we're not big fans of Christmas pud!)

The Eternal Intern said...

Oh. My. Goodness. That looks too delicious for words! My parisian kitchen is too petit to make such fabulous desserts, but I will definitely be testing this recipe when I go home for the holdays! Thanks for sharing! x Ophelia

How To Be Perfect said...

This looks amazing a must try for sure. I too make a thanksgiving dessert every year, I wish we had another holiday like it, Christmas just isn't enough for me. x

Lucie said...

Definitely looks super indulgent! But oh so yummy...

bubbles on my planet said...

it looks delicious! although I never made cheesecake before, and mr bubbles loves it, so maybe this time I'll make one after seeing this great recipe!!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

LOL I love your quote from Nigella. She is a queen of the kitchen. I've made a cheesecake with these flavors and remember loving it.

ABowlOfMush said...

Yum!! I wish I made this for Thanksgiving!!

farfalla said...

one question: How much percent of fat should that sour cream contain? it looks really delicious:-)

Paris Pastry said...

@farfella: The recipe doesn't specify, but I used a 15% fat sour cream.

Eliana said...

I would have never thought of combining chocolate, peanut butter and cheesecake! But this sounds sinfully delicious.

Kitty M said...

Lol Im so pleased you tried this recipe and it looks fantastic! My mouth is watering looking at the pictures and it was watching Nigella cook this on tv a few weeks ago as well. Yum combination :-)

Anonymous said...

whoa, decadent for sure! i should make this for my birthday. i don't know when else it would be appropriate lol xx :)

Jamie said...

Wow! I've never been a cheesecake fan and I think the over-the-top richness is one reason. But I trust Nigella and I love chocolate and peanut butter so if I had guests to help me eat this I would make it as well. It looks absolutely amazing! What a treat!

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