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Chocolate Cheesecake (test #1)

Chocolate Cheesecake (test #1)

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Tools

  • 10in springform pan
  • baking dish/pan larger than the pan
  • aluminum foil

Ingredients

Crust

  • 10 McVittie’s digestives (package has 27) or 2 sleeves(?) graham crackers
  • 3tbsp butter

Filling

  • 32oz (4×8oz package) cream cheese (Philadelphia brand)
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 package (10oz) Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chocolate chips N.B., the brand and darkness of the chocolate chips has a big influence on the taste of the cheesecake

Preparation

All ingredients should be room temperature. Set out half a day prior to baking:

  • cream cheese
  • butter
  • eggs

Instructions

Crust

  1. Crush digestives or graham crackers (put in plastic bag and use rolling pin).
  2. Melt butter.
  3. Mix butter and digestives together.
  4. Grease the sides only of a springform pan (if necessary) (leave bottom ungreased).
  5. Press crushed mixture into bottom of springform pan (do not put on sides).
  6. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.
  7. Cool.

Filling

  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  2. Carefully melt chocolate chips in a pan on low/medium heat while stirring vigorously (take care to avoid burning it).
  3. Mix in melted chocolate (do this quickly as the chocolate will stiffen at room temperature).
  4. Beat in lemon juice and vanilla.
  5. Separately beat eggs lightly.
  6. Gently beat eggs into filling until just combined.
  7. Pour filling onto crust.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  9. Place baking dish in oven.
  10. Wrap aluminum foil around the bottom of the springform pan if necessary to seal it.
  11. Place springform pan into baking dish in the oven.
  12. Pour hot water into the baking dish until it is about full. You should have a springform pan in water in a baking dish in your the oven.
  13. Bake at 350° for 55–65 minutes or until center is just almost set. If you jar the pan the middle should jiggle a little.
  14. Turn off oven.
  15. Open oven door slightly and let sit for 1 hour as it cools. This reduces the chance of cracking/splitting.
  16. Use knife to loosen pie from the edge of the springform pan if necessary and remove the edges of the springform pan if desired.
  17. Refrigerate for 6 hours.

Photos

after mixing cream cheese and sugar

melting chocolate chips

in oven in (partial) water bath

after cooling in the oven for an hour

after refrigerating overnight and cutting in half

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