Cook1 hr 30 mins
An original recipe, created by my husband, Daniel. This intensely rich and decadent dark chocolate cheesecake is pebbled with tart, dried Bing cherries. I doubt you've ever tasted anything quite like it!
- 1 1⁄2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (60% cocoa (or more)
- 32 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 1 cup tart dried cherries
- For Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly butter a 9 inch springform pan.
- Pour graham cracker crumbs into bottom of pan. Drizzle with melted butter and press to form a thin crust.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven.
- Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
- For Filling: Melt chocolate in a double boiler until smooth. Remove from heat, and bring to room temperature. Consistency should be pourable.
- Meanwhile, whip cream cheese until light and fluffy.
- Add sugar, and blend at medium-high speed until smooth and creamy.
- Blend in eggs, one at a time. Beat until fluffy.
- Add vanilla extract, and whip to combine.
- Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl frequently as you are adding ingredients, to ensure that everything is well incorporated.
- Gently stir in the melted chocolate, just until combined.
- Carefully stir in the dried cherries.
- Pour filling into room temperature crust.
- Wrap bottom of springform pan with heavy duty aluminum foil, and place in a large roasting pan. Set on center oven rack. Carefully fill roasting pan with boiling water, about 1 inch up the side of the springform pan.
- Bake 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees, or until center is just set.
- Remove from oven, and allow to cool about 5 minutes.
- Run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake. Do not remove the springform pan.
- Cover, and chill overnight.