Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Triple-Chocolate Cheese Cake





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is not the best cheesecake you'll ever taste, but it certainly is delicious and very easy to make. If you entertain a lot, you'll want to keep this recipe in your dessert roster. The entire cake is made in the bowl of a food processor and it's ready for the oven in less than 30 minutes. It takes about 2 hours to bake and needs to be chilled for at least 6 hours before it is topped with a lovely ganache and served. The cake is quite handsome and it looks like a lot of effort went into its creation. Only you will know that not to be true. The name of the recipe is somewhat misleading. The cake does not use three types of chocolate, but its crust, filling and topping all contain chocolate and that's what gives the cheesecake its triple chocolate name. One of the nice features of this cake is that it doesn't crack. That has to do with the way it is baked and released from the pan. It bakes in a hot oven for an hour, sits in a cold oven for an hour and when it's removed for final cooling, a sharp knife is used to release the sides of the cake from the springform pan. The cake forms a well or depression as it bakes and that is perfect for holding the ganache topping. The cake was developed by Martha Stewart and her recipe is foolproof. I think those of you who try this cheesecake will really enjoy it. Here's the recipe.

Triple-Chocolate Cheese Cake...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Martha Stewart

Ingredients:
Crust
1 package (9 ounces) chocolate wafer cookies
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Filling
4 bars (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
Chocolate Ganache
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate

Directions:
1) To make crust: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Assemble a 9-inch springform pan with raised side of the bottom facing down. In a food processor, pulse cookies until finely ground. Add butter, and pulse to moisten. Transfer to prepared pan, and press crumbs firmly and evenly into bottom. Place pan on a rimmed baking sheet; bake 10 minutes, and set aside.
2) To make filling: Wipe out bowl and blade of food processor. Add cream cheese, sugar, and salt; blend until smooth. With motor running, add eggs, then sour cream, and finally chocolate; blend filling until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Pour filling onto crust, and bake just until set, 1 hour. Turn oven off, and let cheesecake sit 1 hour in oven, without opening (this helps prevent cracking. Run a thin knife around the edge of pan to help prevent cracking; leave in pan, and cool completely on wire rack. Cover loosely and refrigerate, at least 6 hours or up to overnight.
3) To prepare chocolate ganache: In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Remove from heat, and add chocolate. Stir until melted, then set aside until thickened, 2 to 5 minutes. Unmold cheesecake. Spread ganache in center of cheesecake; let set before serving. Yield: 8 to 10 servings.

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Perfect Cheesecake - Simply Recipes
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Strawberry Cheesecake Entremet - Barbara Bakes
Gorgonzola Cheesecake with Vanilla Pear Compote - Closet Cooking
No Bake Chocolate Chocolate Cheesecake Pie - $10 Buck Dinners

73 comments:

Anna A. said...

I love how you preface this post with "this is not the best cheesecake..." if not, then what is" Your original cheesecake?

Jess @ Bakericious said...

this looks so chocolaty and delicious, cheesecake is always my favourite.

Ginny said...

Your chocolate posts keep getting better and better!

Meg Johnston said...

I love it! I will have to make this myself at some point. I love your blog :)

Alessandra said...

It may not be the best but it certainly looks impressive, and easy!

Have a good day

ciao
Alessandra

Priya said...

Omg, irresistible cheese cake, i wont say not to this gorgeous looking cake..

Chele said...

What are you doing to me Mary ... I'm supposed to be on a healthy eating plan but now all I want is a slice of this cheesecake!!!

Cherine said...

An irresistible dessert! I'm drooling!

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

I'm sure the cake tastes heaven! Love the way you presented the cake...ooo yummy!!! :D

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very pretty Mary! Chocolate cheese cake is one of my favorite baking smells:@)

Priyanka said...

Wow......the gooey look of the chocolate is tempting.....yummy...!!!!

EliFla said...

A standing ovation to you and to this wonderful cheesecake!!! Hugs and have a special day...ciao Flavia

muppy said...

Looks lovely. So many yummy things out there I would like to cook!

Medeja said...

Mary, it looks stunning! :) Chocolate cheesecake is already good and triple cheesecake is even better :)

Sabienne said...

Mary, You bake cake per day and each one looks like the one! ;-)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I'm with Anna, I want to know what you consider to be the Best Cheesecake. ;) Does the secret of taking the knife around the edge work for any cheesecake to keep it from splitting??

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

But this looks like the best cheesecake ever Mary! I think it'd be so yummy. I love the lush interior and the dark base.

Jenn said...

I'm sorry, Mary, I started to read your post and my eyes sort of glazed over and kept drifting back to the pictures.....OMG that looks incredible!! If you aren't going to eat the rest of it, you can ship it to me...I promise to take good care of it! :)

CaThY said...

wow, awesome cheesecake! :)

PeggyR said...

This looks delicious.

June said...

This looks wonderful; however, I think the best cheesecake I've ever tasted (BAR NONE)is your Cranberry version. I made it over the holidays and it is absolutely stellar. I'll be making it again for my valentine!

Linda Starr said...

I love chocolate and this is packed full of the good stuff and it looks delicious too.

Karen Harris said...

This cheesecake looks absolutely wonderful. I have to admit I am a cheesecake purist and just love Tyler's Ultimate Cheesecake recipe but if I'm ever looking for chocolate, I know where to come.

Brandie@thecountrycook said...

I love that you introduce me to things I've never made before. I always do the traditional cheesecake. I definitely need to try a chocolate one!

Claudia said...

Really? This is not the best cheesecake I'll ever taste? Then it looks like it has to be second-best - which in the world of cheesecakes is still pretty high. All that chocolate soothes my winter being.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I love having a variety of cheesecake recipes in my recipe collections--this one would be perfect for when a serious chocolate cravings arises!

This is Cherry Garcia, baby. said...

So delicious! Hi, remeber me? Mix Pop Fruits, right? hahahaha
Can u follow us? Your blog is perfect!
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Kisses

Foley said...

Looks like another winner. I've been looking for a recipe to take to work for Valentines Day..this may be IT !!

Katrina said...

Thanks for stoppingby my blog! I'd love to hear how the muffins tuen out!

This recipe looks amazing by the way!

Michael Toa said...

Chocolate cheesecake isn't my favourite cheesecake, but I wouldn't say no if offered :)
This looks delicious Mary.

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! This looks sooooo lovely, I wish I could have a slice.

Simply Life said...

oh this looks so decadent and delicious!

Valérie said...

I'm loving your chocolate extravaganza, but this may be my favourite post yet! Then again, I have a thing for cheesecake, and the more chocolatey, the better! Have a great day!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Oh WOW that looks so good. Diane

Pam said...

Not the best???? It looks pretty best to me.

briarrose said...

Be still my chocolate cravings! Lovely!

marifra79 said...

dev'essere di un buono!Un abbraccio e buonissima serata
ps.complimenti hai un blog bellissimo

Barbara Bakes said...

What a gorgeous, decadent cheesecake! A perfect Valentine's desserst. Thanks for linking to my dessert!

Design Wine and Dine said...

I'm not sure all this chocolate posting is legal Mary?

I love how easy it is to make though a little time consuming when you consider the waiting that's involved w/cheese cakes!

Not sure I could wait for this one to cool! YUM!

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness! This looks so delicious! You're just killing me! :)
Mary, I've posted about your lemon pound cake recipe on my blog today if you'd like to see it and I gave you credit and a link back to your blog for the recipe. Thank you so much. This recipe is certainly a 'keeper'!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Faith said...

Beautiful cheesecake, Mary! It would be the perfect dessert to whip up for Valentine's Day! Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Atelier de Charo said...

Just Delicious!!!! I'm a Chocolate Lover!

Hugs
Charo

Lynda said...

It certainly is a delicious looking cheesecake, especially with the ganche topping. It looks like the "best" To me!I'm enjoying your chocolate posts.

ButterYum said...

Looks wonderful, Mary. I love a tall cheesecake, and the ganache is the perfect finishing touch.

:)
ButterYum

Victor said...

So much chocolate! So irresistible! Can you send me a slice?

Rita said...

Hi Mary,
What wonderful recipe for me to add to my Chocolate creation Folder; thank you.

That Girl said...

I've made something very similar before, and you're right, I much prefer regular cheesecake. So good it doesn't even need chocolate!

JG said...

It looks so light. Three layers of chocolate is enticing! Yummy!
~Judy

Mateja ^_^ said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving me a nice comment! I'm following now. I love all your chocolaty deserts for chocolate is my waekness!!!!!!!!!!! Looking forward to read more!
Mateja @Indulging Life

Joanne said...

This seems just about perfect when I have a chocolate craving that just won't seem to let up!

We Are Not Martha said...

Oh yum! This looks like one of the best to me :) I'm not a HUGE cheesecake fan, but love it so much more when it involves chocolate. This looks delicious :)

Sues

~~louise~~ said...

Heart of my heart, I am so in love with that cheesecake. You are really pushing me overboard with these indulgences, Mary. And, Chocolate Month has just begun!

Thank you so much for sharing...

Emily Malloy said...

This is stunning!

Chiara said...

Looks delicious Mary!I love it!It's the perfect cake for valentines day!!! Thanks a lot...have a lovely day....a hug

Lucie said...

This is a wonderfully inspiring recipe, Mary. I can picture a spiced gingersnap crust, chocolate filling with a chocolate-orange ganache. Mmm!

The Food Hound said...

Certainly looks delish to me!! Triple chocolate ANYTHING wins the prize in my book!

Dmarie said...

wow, just hopped over here from Cooking.In.College and glad I did. every single recipe here looks divine! beautifully photographed yumminess. well done!

paula MARIANA said...

Mary, just one word....perfect.

Kisses

yummychunklet said...

Wow. That could also be called "Chocolate Overload!" Yum!

~RED~ said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, and commenting on my Pizza Bites. I have been a long time fan of yours , and i am telling you right now that this cheesecake is not helping.

Kankana said...

What is with all the chocolate cake baking back to back!;)
They looks super gorgeous !!

vanillasugar said...

oh hush now that cake is perfect.
just perfect.

teresa said...

that's go to be one of the prettiest cheesecakes ever! i love the ganache in the middle, delicious!

San said...

Amazing cheese cake ,iam drooling here .

A little bit of everything said...

until now I only made two chocolate cheesecake, but three chocolate cheesecake sounds more heavenly that I thought before.
I see myself making this cheesecake in the near future.
thanks for sharing Mary, hope you'll have a wonderful Thursday

Sabrina said...

This looks wonderful! especially for valentine's day!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Oh, gosh! I'm really enjoying the calories you're serving up this week!

Jennifurla said...

Well this is sort of drop dead gorgeous, I just love the shiny top. Looks great sliced too!

Ivy said...

Mary thank you for passing from my blog and for your lovely comment.
Cheesecake is one of our favouritd desserts and I know this. The only flaw it has is that you have to wait for six hours.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Mary! How deliciuos this looks. This should come with a warning... I now want to go out and find chocolate at 10:00 p.m.! lol! Your blog is dangerous. ;-)

Thanks for sharing this. It is a visual feast, and I can't imagine how wonderful it must taste. If you lived near me, I would just move in. I would wash your dishes in trade. ;-)

XO,

Sheila

Pam said...

Another mouth watering treat Mary - it looks fabulous.

Christine (Cook the Story) said...

This looks so decadent. Not only am I going to try it but I'm going to pass it on to my mom who is ALWAYS in search of good non-cracking cheesecake recipes.

Your pictures are spectacular, by the way. All the chocolate shots, which can sometimes look boring and brown, instead carry depth of color, richness and style. Inspiring!

Bruce said...

Thanks for a great blog
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