Monday, November 23, 2015

Mocha Cheesecake

Chocolate, espresso, creamy, dense, rich, smooth. A tiny sliver goes a long way.
This baked cheesecake is a recipe that I was given from my sister Rhoda who first tasted it when a friend served it at their care group. It's become one of her most requested desserts. I think it may be familiar to some of you as I've seen it on a number of sites. I've changes it up a wee bit by omitting the cinnamon and using espresso coffee to add another depth of flavour.
Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  1. To begin, wrap a 9" spring form pan in foil, making sure it comes up the sides.
  2. Place crumbs in pan and add melted butter. Using a fork work crumbs and butter into a crust and press into bottom of spring form. Set aside.
Filling:
  • 3 tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 tbsp boiling water
  1. Stir together and set aside to cool.
  • 4 packages cream cheese (8oz each)
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour (or 1/8 cup corn starch) 
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled, but don't allow to harden
  1. Beat together cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Add slightly beaten eggs and just beat until incorporated.
  3. Divide this whole cream cheese mixture into half in two bowls.
  4. To the first bowl stir in the 2 cups melted and cooled chocolate. 
  5. Pour this layer over crumbs in spring form.
  6. To the remaining mixture stir in the cooled espresso mixture. 
  7. Pour this over the chocolate layer.
  8. Place foil wrapped spring from with mixture into a large pan and fill with hot water to 1" up the sides of the spring form. 
  9. Carefully place in 325ยบ oven and bake for 60 minutes or until cheesecake is set and dry looking on the top.
  10. Remove from oven and then from the water bath immediately. Remove foil.
  11. Allow cheesecake to stand for 15 minutes and then run a thin knife around the edges to keep the top from cracking. Allow to cool completely at room temperature and then in refrigerator for 8-10 hours. 
  12. Remove from pan onto a serving plate.
Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp butter
  1. Melt together in the microwave or small pot. 
  2. Pour over cooled cheesecake, smooth, and allow to set.
  3. Garnish with chocolate covered coffee beans. 
This cheesecake freezes well with the glaze. I place it in the freezer uncovered until it's solid and then wrap it well in plastic wrap and into a good freezer container. Make sure it's well sealed. It slices really nicely when frozen or thawed. 

13 comments:

  1. Yes this cheesecake is really delicious and like Kathy says goes a long way! It's a wonderful treat to have ready in the freezer for impromptu guests! Really smooth and wonderful! Rhoda

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  2. Looks so delicious! Best recipes are those that are shared from one kitchen to another.

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  3. I bought myself a mini cheesecake pan. It is similar to a muffin tin but the sides are straight and the bottom is removable (similar to angle food pans). I made a regular cheesecake recipe and used my new pan. It was a big hit. My guests liked that they could sample a couple of different kinds of cheesecake! This recipe will be the next one I will try!

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  5. Just reading the ingredient list, I can tell that this cheesecake is nearly irresistible! If I had enough people here to help me eat it, if make one. I don't trust myself around cheesecake. Lol Maybe I'll make it over Christmas. It's a beautiful dessert!! And two great flavors. Thanks for the recipe.

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  6. Just reading the ingredient list, I can tell that this cheesecake is nearly irresistible! If I had enough people here to help me eat it, if make one. I don't trust myself around cheesecake. Lol Maybe I'll make it over Christmas. It's a beautiful dessert!! And two great flavors. Thanks for the recipe.

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  7. Oh, wow! How can anyone resist? I started eating so much since I've found myself being pregnant, which actually happened so fast, maybe one of these advices helped us:http://rocketparents.com/7-ways-to-get-pregnant-faster/. I haven't gained much weight yet, but I know it'll happen if I continue searching for a tasty dishes like this cheesecake...

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  8. Will try. Question regarding the crust layer. When you say chocolate crumbs, is that Oreos in a blender?

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    1. I buy chocolate Oreo crumbs in a box which are found by graham wafer crumbs.

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  9. Yummy. I would love to have a bite.

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  10. Oh my goodness that looks delicious!!! I can imagine that tiny slivers would go a long way but not too tiny :)!!!! Yum!

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  11. This looks wonderful, I wonder how many servings you think this recipe makes?
    I have a large crowd of 100 to serve and they all voted for this dessert.
    20 servings per 9' pan?

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