Double Chocolate Cheesecake

Double Chocolate Cheesecake

Double Chocolate Cheesecake

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

60 minutes

Serves

10 people

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This is a rich and indulgent chocolate cheesecake made doubly delicious topped with a decadent chocolate ganache.

Why Try? If you have not tried a chocolate cheesecake before, now is the time, and this is the one.

Use the very best chocolate you can afford. Pouring the ganache over the cake makes this dessert a perfect choice for special occasions.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels, melted
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup amaretto
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • FOR GANACHE:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules

Preparation

  • 1 Preheat oven to 300ºF.
  • 2 Combine chocolate crumbs, butter and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl. Press into bottom and 1-inch up the sides of an 8-inch Springform pan. Chill.
  • 3 In a medium size bowl beat cream cheese, on high speed, until creamy.
  • 4 Gradually mix in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Add melted chocolate, sour cream, amaretto, vanilla extract and almond extract, beating until smooth.
  • 5 Pour into prepared crust.
  • 6 Bake for 1 hour. Turn off oven; partially open the door, and let cool, in oven, for 1 hour.
  • 7 Remove cheesecake from oven, and let cool to room temperature in pan on a wire rack; cover and chill at least 8 hours. Carefully remove sides of Springform pan.
  • 8 For the ganache, cook the heavy cream, chocolate chips, and instant coffee in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.
  • 9 Spread over cheesecake.

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