We had our big family Easter dinner on Good Friday. It is great to get family together over the holidays, I just wish everyone could have been there! We had a wonderful dinner, not typical of an Easter dinner but delicious! Mom cooked a huge pork loin and a large roast beef, both on the bbq. She also made baked beans, broccoli cauliflower salad and coleslaw. My aunts and uncles brought potato salad and macaroni salad, along with pickled beets and buns. Everything was excellent, right down to the table set for 17!
Another reason to love holiday meals with family is I get to bake! This year Easter weekend fell on my Gramma’s birthday. She requested lemon birthday cake, it turned out pretty good, you can see it here. Now deciding on a cheesecake flavour! You would think everyone would get sick of cheesecake, but when asked it seems to still be the main request. This time, I went with a simple flavour that I knew everyone would like (it is hard to please that many people with a flavour), chocolate.
I was feeling very confident in my cheesecake making, I have made quite a few and 99% have been successful. I thought I would mix it up a little and try something different. Aspects of two different cheesecakes intrigued me. I liked how The Brown Eyed Baker put cocoa powder in the base of her Chocolate Lover’s Cheesecake and how at Fine Cooking they whipped with melted chocolate right into the cream cheese at the beginning of the mixing process of their Extreme Chocolate Cheesecake. They were both different as they used 4 eggs and no cream. I incorporated all of these ideas into my Extremely Chocolatey Cheesecake!
Extremely Chocolatey Cheesecake
3 pkg cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
10 oz semi sweet chocolate
3/4 cup cream
1 tbsp vanilla
pinch of salt
Chocolate for shaving
1 1/4 cups Oreo Cookie crumbs
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp melted butter
1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºC and start boiling water for your water bath
2. In a spring form pan combine cookie crumbs, sugar and melted butter – press to form even crust
3. Bake for 8 minutes and set aside to cool
1. In a double boiler, melt chocolate and set aside to cool
2. In the bowl of your stand mixer combine cream cheese, sugar and cocoa powder. Whipping until smooth
3. Slowly add the, room temperature, melted chocolate
4. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg
5. Add cream, vanilla and pinch of salt
6. Cover spring form pan with parchment paper and heavy foil wrap to keep water out
7. Place in a large roasting pan and fill half way up the sides of the spring form pan with the hot water
8. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, until it is almost done – this can be hard to judge, but you’re looking for the cake to hold together, but still have a lot of jiggle to it in the center. You don’t want it to be completely firm at this stage. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for one hour. This lets the cake finish cooking and cool down gently enough so that it won’t crack on the top. After one hour, remove cheesecake from oven and lift carefully out of water bath. Let it finish cooling on the counter, and then cover and put in the fridge to chill. Once fully chilled, it is ready to serve.
** and this is when things went terribly wrong….
ACK! It cracked! What the heck?!? my cheesecakes don’t crack! I was furious and shocked all at the same time. And this was DURING the cooking, not even on the cool down!
It didn’t just crack, this is a crater of epic proportions. Seemed like you could lose a Smart Car in there.
At this point I need to turn to plan B. I can not nicely shave chocolate around the edges and serve this! Thankfully, I had some chocolate left over and had to resort to a chocolate ganache
As I cover the edges in Milk Chocolate Chips I start preparing the ganache…
3 1/2 oz semi sweet chocolate
1 tbsp light corn syrup
3 tbsp cream
1. Melt chocolate and corn syrup in a double boiler
2. Add cream and stir until smooth – I am still flustered at this point and forgot some pictures of the completed ganache
3. Pour over top of cheesecake to hide the massive cracks!
Done! Not at all how I had envisioned it, but it looks ok.
I did fill a few people in on the ‘secret crater’, they only laughed at me. I was seriously stressed wondering how it was going to taste!
Thankfully, it was delicious! It got rave reviews. It was so rich and chocolatey, sinfully delicious. Now, if I could only figure out what made it crack? The flavour was there, but the presentation was not!
Any suggestions as to what happened????