Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 1 hrs 30 mins
About This Recipe
“Chocolate Lover’s Delight!!”
1chocolate crumb crust( recipe in recipezaar)
12ouncessemisweet chocolate, broken into small pieces
1 1/2 lbscream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cupswhipping cream
3largeeggs, at room temperature, slightly beaten
2tablespoonsunsweetened cocoa powder
fresh strawberries, if desired
Prepare chocolate crumb crust.
Place oven rack in centre of oven, heat to 350 degrees.
Combine chocolate and butter in top of double boiler, place over hot but not simmering water.
Cook over low heat just until chocolate is completely melted.
Remove top of double boiler from water, stir chocolate mixture until smooth.
Reserve at room temperature uncovered.
Cut cream cheese into 1 inch cubes, place in large mixer bowl.
Beat at medium speed, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until completely smooth.
Gradually beat in chocolate mixture.
Continue beating, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until mixture is smooth and uniformly coloured.
Continue beating while gradually adding cream and vanilla, beat until blended.
Continue beating cheese mixture at medium speed while very slowly adding granulated sugar, beat until sugar is absorbed.
Add eggs, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating well and scraping down sides of bowl after each addition.
Sieve cocoa powder over batter, beat at low speed until cocoa is thoroughly incorporated.
Pour batter into cold unbaked chocolate crumb crust, spread top smooth.
Gently rotate pan several quarter turns to settle batter.
Bake 30 minutes, reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees, continue baking 30 minutes longer.
Turn oven off.
Let cake stand in oven with door ajar 30 minutes.
Transfer pan to wire rack away from drafts.
Let cool undisturbed until sides and bottom of pan are completely cooled to room temperature.
Remove sides of pan.
Refrigerate cake uncovered overnight or at least 8 hours.
Cover cake loosely with plastic wrap, refrigerate until serving time.
Just before serving, Sieve powdered sugar lightly over cake.
Serve garnished with strawberries if desired.
“OMG, thought I died and went to cheesecake heaven. This recipe is fantastic. I followed directions excatly. No cracks or anything. It was the hit of our Christmas dinner. Thanks somuch.Gibblet”