Prep 45 mins
Cook 3 hrs
This cheesecake is impressive to look at and to eat. The steps are easy but it takes some time to prepare. However, it freezes beautifully for up to a month, so it can be prepared far in advance of your event. I have made this cheesecake many times as a birthday cake. Use a high quality chocolate in this recipe, not chocolate chips or baking chocolate. Try Valrhona, Callabeut or Lindt, which you can get at many grocery stores. Lindt bars come in 3 oz. bars. Also, this cake must bake at the temperature directed or it will be raw in the middle and overdone on the edges.
- 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs or 2 cups cake crumbs
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 1⁄2 lbs cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1⁄4 cup sour cream
- 4 large eggs
- 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped fine
- 3 ounces milk chocolate, chopped fine
- 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine
- Mix the cookie or cake crumbs with the sugar and melted butter.
- Press firmly into the bottom of a 10" springform pan with 2" sides.
- Wrap the bottom of the pan in aluminum foil so that the foil comes up the side of the pan.
- Turn the oven onto 300 degrees F.
- ,and ready a large pan, deep that the springform pan will sit comfortably in.
- In the bowl of your mixer with the paddle attachment, on low speed, beat the cream cheese until very soft.
- Add the sugar and sour cream and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
- Slowly add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until completely incorporated.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl before adding the next egg.
- After the last egg is incorporated, mix, still on low speed, for 1 minute more, scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix another 30 seconds.
- Split the batter evenly between 3 bowls.
- Put the chocolates in 3 seperate microwavable bowls.
- Microwave the dark chocolate at 50% power for one minute, mix until completely melted, then thoroughly mix into 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture.
- Melt the milk and white chocolates at 30% power for 1 minute each and mix each one until they are completely melted, then mix each one into 1/3 of the cream-cheese mixture.
- Pour the dark chocolate batter carefully into the prepared springform pan.
- Shake the pan slightly to settle the mixture.
- Now carefully spoon over (don't pour!) the white chocolate mixture, again shaking very slightly to even it out, the top with the milk chocolate mixture.
- Place the pan carefully into your deeper pan, the place both pans on your oven rack.
- Pour very hot water around the springform pan so that it comes half-way up the sides.
- Shut the oven door and let the cheesecake bake for about 2 1/2 hours.
- When it is done, the sides will be set but the center will still be jiggly, like jello.
- Don't worry- it will set fully during refrigeration.
- Remove from the oven, remove the springform pan from the water bath, and remove the foil.
- Let cool on a rack then refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.
- You can also wrap the cheesecake tightly in 2 layers of plastic and freeze for a month.
- To serve, remove the cake from the springform pan, slice into 16 pieces, and serve with chocolate sauce and a few raspberries.
Petitfour, this is absolutely outstanding - especially for die hard chocolate lovers (like me!). I took this to a family gathering of 32 and it was up against my SIL's pumpkin cheesecake which is also very good. She had a lot more leftovers than I did and I don't have much. The flavor is so creamy and the different chocolates are wonderful together. The instructions were clear, and yes it does take some time to put together. It made a beautiful presentation, and was enjoyed and complimented by all. Thanks again for the great recipe.