Recipe by Juenessa
From Bon Appetit, October, 1996. A creamy, rich, and gorgeous dessert. What more could you want? Don't let the specific chocolate that Bon Appetit suggests scare you away from making the recipe. I use a 70% Cocoa Belgian chocolate that I get from Tuesday Morning (a discount store).
Top Review by * chocoholic *
This is seriously the best cheesecake I've ever made! It's a little rich but very hard to stop eating... I used semisweet chocolate and thus reduced the sugar that I added (by about 1/8 or so of a cup) and it worked great. I took what was leftover (not that there was a lack of will to eat it but more so that I wanted to see how it froze) and froze it and a month later, after defrosting it overnight in the fridge, it tasted just as good. I recommend this for all chocolate lovers out there!
- 24 chocolate wafer cookies (from one 9-ounce package)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1⁄4 cup butter, melted
- 9 2⁄3 ounces bar scharffen berger 70% cocoa bittersweet chocolate
- 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 1⁄4 cups sugar, plus
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Scharffen Berger)
- 4 large eggs
- 3⁄4 cup whipping cream
- 6 ounces scharffen berger 70% cocoa bittersweet chocolate
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- bittersweet chocolate curls
Directions See How It's Made
- For crust:.
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Butter 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 3-inch-high sides.
- Blend cookies in processor until finely ground; blend in sugar.
- Add melted butter and process until well blended.
- Press crumbs evenly onto bottom (not sides) of prepared pan.
- Bake just until set, about 5 minutes.
- Cool while preparing filling.
- Maintain oven temperature.
- For filling:.
- Stir chopped chocolate in metal bowl set over saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth.
- Remove bowl from over water; cool chocolate until lukewarm but still pourable.
- Blend cream cheese, sugar, and cocoa powder in processor until smooth.
- Blend in eggs 1 at a time.
- Mix in lukewarm chocolate.
- Pour filling over crust; smooth top.
- Bake until center is just set and just appears dry, about 1 hour.
- Cool 5 minutes.
- Run knife around sides of cake to loosen. Chill overnight.
- For topping:.
- Stir cream, 6 ounces chocolate, and sugar in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until smooth.
- Cool slightly.
- Pour over center of cheesecake, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edge and filling any cracks.
- Chill until topping is set, about 1 hour.
- Do ahead: Can be made 3 days ahead.
- Cover with foil and keep refrigerated.
- Release pan sides.
- Transfer cheesecake to platter.
- Top with chocolate curls.
- Let stand 2 hours at room temperature before serving.
- ***Cook time does not include chilling overnight and the 2 hours cheesecake needs to sit at room temperature before serving.