Espresso Cheesecake

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READY IN: 1hr 35mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    cup finely crushed chocolate wafer (14 wafers)
  • 1
    cup ground slivered almonds
  • 14
    cup butter, melted
  • 3
    ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 2
    tablespoons water
  • 3
    tablespoons coffee liqueur
  • 3
    (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1
    cup sugar
  • 2
    tablespoons flour
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla
  • 4
    eggs, slightly beaten
  • chocolate-covered espresso beans, garnishment
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DIRECTIONS

  • In small bowl, combine chocolate wafers, almonds and butter. Press mixture evenly onto bottom and 2 inches up side of 9 inch springform pan; refrigerate.
  • In small saucepan, combine chocolate, water and espresso powder. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate starts to melt. Remove from heat; stir until smooth. Stir in liqueur; cool.
  • In large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. Add eggs, beating on lowest mixer speed, just until blended (do not over beat). Reserve 2 cups cream cheese mixture; set aside. Stir cooled chocolate mixture into remaining cream cheese mixture, stirring just until combined; pour into crust.
  • Place pan on baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 F oven until edge is set and center is soft set (about 30 minutes). Carefully pour reserved filling mixture around edge of cheesecake; gently spread evenly over entire surface. Continue baking until center appears nearly set (20-25 minutes). Cool on wire rack 10 minutes.
  • Using a thin knife, carefully loosen side of cheesecake from pan.
  • Cool 30 minutes more; remove side of pan. Refrigerate, covered, 4 hours or overnight.
  • To Serve: Garnish with chocolate covered espresso beans. Cut into wedges.
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