Chocolate and Raspberry - a match made in heaven. This is a plain cheesecake filled with chocolate-raspberry "truffles" and gilded with a chocolate ganche on top. Rich! Use chocolate cookie crumbs for the crust (I've used Oreos, filling and all) or the alternate chocolate shortbread crust given below. Cook times includes cooling and chilling time.
- Prepare a 9" springform pan: Attache bottom to sides and spray with non-stick vegetable spray. Wrap outside of pan with foil to "seal" the seams for the Bain Marie (water bath).
- Combine crumbs and butter and press onto bottom of the springform pan.
- Combine 3 packages cream cheese and the sugar, mixing at medium speed until well blended.
- Add eggs, one at a time, blending on low speed till incorporated well.
- Blend in sour cream and vanilla; pour over crust.
- Combine remaining cream cheese and the melted chocolate, mixing until well blended. Add jam and mix well.
- Drop rounded tablespoons of chocolate-raspberry-cheese mixture evenly spaced over plain batter; pushing the "truffles" into the plain batter if necessary; do not swirl.
- Bake in the Bain Marie at 325F for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
- Bain Marie - Use a large roasting pan, place springform pan in roasting pan then fill roasting pan with boiling water to a level of half way up the sides of the springform pan.
- Remove cake from Bain Marie and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
- Loosen cake from rim of pan with a thin flexible blade and then remove sides from springform pan. Cool completely.
- Prepare Topping: Melt chocolate chips and whipping cream over low heat, stirring until smooth. Spread over cheesecake, top and down sides, as well, as desired. Chill for at least 4 hour.
- Alternate shortbread crust: In a food processor, place 1 cup + 2 Tbs. AP flour, 4 or 5 Tbs. sugar, 3 Tbs. cocoa powder (the darker the better), a pinch of salt, and 5 Tbs. cold butter. Pulse to combine and cut in butter. Add 1 1/2 egg yolks and process till dough comes together. Divide into 2/3 and 1/3. Use larger portion for bottom, pressing onto removable bottom of pan and bake at 350º F for 12-14 minutes. Roll remaining third into a rope long enough to go around the pan's circumference. Remove baked bottom crust from oven and allow to cool slightly. Attach sides of pan to bottom and press remaining crust around the sides of the pan and up about 2 inch high (height is not critical) Fill with cheesecake batter and bake as directed above.
This recipe is identical to the Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake recipe that I just read in my latest issue of Taste of Home Magazine. Except, that is, for the name of it. I made this Saturday night in preparation for Valentine's Day. I have to say it was the most incredible dessert I have ever made. These flavors, the dark chocolate and raspberry together on cheesecake (oh, and with a glass of Asti too!) were incredible and exactly what I wanted for this special occasion. The only small change I made was using bittersweet chocolate (67 % cacao) as opposed to semi-sweet chocolate. Not only did this cheesecake taste amazing, but it was beautiful as well. Perfect for any special occasion.