Sunday, July 7, 2013

Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I love cheesecakes and over the years I've amassed an embarrassing number of recipes for them. As a young cook, I instantly recognized how easy they were to make, so they appeared with great regularity at my table. With the passage of time, however, my metabolism slowed, calories became a concern and I served them less frequently. That being said, I probably should fess up and tell you, that despite that, there is almost always a cheesecake in my freezer. It's my fail safe for feeding unexpected guests or supplying refreshments for last minute meeting requests. I'm always on the lookout for new cheesecakes and while browsing through recipe blogs, I came across one for a chocolate truffle cheesecake on a blog called Moogie and Pap. The recipe first appeared on the Hershey's website, so I knew that the cake would  have intense chocolate flavor that I hoped would meld into the creaminess that is associated with cheesecake.  I made the cake immediately and it has been in my files ever since. There are a couple of tricks that will help to make this cake as pretty as it is tasty. To prevent cracking, you'll want to put a pan of boiling water on the floor of your oven. If the cake, particularly the brownie layer, is allowed to overcook, it can be difficult to slice. I make it a point to use the lower time limit suggested for baking this cake because we like it moist. You'll probably have to experiment to see how well-done you want the cake to be. If you like chocolate and are also a cheesecake addict, you'll love the creamy richness of this cake. Here is how it is made.

Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Hershey's Kitchen

Brownie Layer
6 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
1-1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cheesecake Layer
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
4 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 ounce package) Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Chips, divided
1/2 teaspoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil)

1)  Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9-inch springform pan.
2)  To make brownie layer: Stir butter, sugar, and vanilla together in a large bowl.. Add eggs and stir until blended.  Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Spread mixture in prepared pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes , or until brownie layer pulls away from sides of pan.
3) While brownie layer bakes make cheesecake layer. Beat cream cheese and  sugar with an electric mixer
3. Meanwhile for Truffle Cheesecake Layer: In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in eggs, heavy cream, vanilla and salt until well blended. Set aside 2 tablespoons chocolate chips. Microwave remaining chocolate chips on Medium temperature for 1-1/2 minutes, or until chips  are melted and smooth when stirred. Gradually blend melted chocolate into cheesecake batter.
3) When brownie layer is done, remove it from oven and immediately spoon cheesecake mixture over it. Return to oven and continue  baking for 45 to 50 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from oven to wire rack. With knife, loosen cake from side of pan. Cool to room temperature. Remove side of pan. 
4) Place remaining 2 tablespoons chocolate chips and shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at Medium for 30 seconds or until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Drizzle over top of cheesecake. Cover; refrigerate several hours until cold. Garnish as desired. Cover and refrigerate leftover cheesecake. Yield: 8 to 10 servings.

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Life's a shoe said...

oh my this looks so delectable! currently on a detox now so I can only just look at this, but when im done with detox i will totally try this out and yes eat it too! thanks for sharing!

Foodycat said...

I am also a sucker for cheesecake! This one looks wonderful!

Big Dude said...

Wow - I gained two pounds just reading about it :-)

Anonymous said...

I find it really does help to think of cheesecakes as "custard pies" instead of "cakes".

Angie Schneider said...

wow this looks divine! I too enjoy good cheesecake!

Joanne said...

Whoa! THis is definitely a cheesecake masterpiece!

Kim G. said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh is legal to publish a recipe like this one Mary???? It looks so good it make me want to bake it right away! Have a good day!

Roz Corieri Paige said...

That cheesecake is dangerously delicious! I could never resist it!


Vicki Bensinger said...

This looks spectacular. I'd love a slice right now. Great recipe, I'll be sure to save it to try someday soon.

decocinasytacones said...

Wow...this cake is perfect for a family lunch or celebration!!!, I loved it...
Have a great Sunday!

Claudia said...

I am a cheesecake addict. I don't have it enough - because - of all those things you said. But when I splurge - it's cheesecake. Noting it. Lots of birthdays in the summertime!

David said...

Mary, I'm not much of a cheesecake fan...but I know that my wife will love this recipe! Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Clau said...

Que divina ....adorei.Beijos xx

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

I love, love, love cheese cake, and with chocolate mmmmmmmmm, my mouth is watering. Have a wonderful week Diane

Ginny said...

This looks like it would taste just slightly bitter and delicious!

A Paix√£o da Isa said...

humm adoro cheesecake e de chocolate ainda mais este aqui esta 5* ja comia um boadinho humm bjs bd

Chris Scheuer said...

I'd love to come and raid your freezer! This looks so delicious!

Daniela Grimburg said...

The ultimate temptation, so delicious!

Martha said...

Yes! Cheesecakes are a favorite here as well! This one looks perfect!

Rambling Tart said...

I don't know why I've never thought of freezing cheesecake, Mary. :-) I'm SO glad you mentioned it! I will add that to my roster of things to keep in my freezer for company. :-)

~~louise~~ said...

Oh no you didn't! Yeah! Yes you did! You baked a Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake that's calling my name!!!

Thank you so much for sharing, Mary. I just may be dreaming about it tonight:)

Katz Tales said...

Oh no!!!!!!!!! now I want some!

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