Sunday, February 25, 2018

Black Forest Cheesecake-Happy birthday to me!

I celebrated my birthday this weekend. By 8 a.m. that day, everyone was at work or school and I had the house to myself. YAAAY! I spent the morning in my craft room wearing my pajamas and listening to the carpenters. Yes, that’s right. I am a complete nerd.  It was heaven! 

That evening when everyone was home we brought home takeout food and had this Black forest cheesecake. —My present to myself!

 Every year on my birthday I make my own cake. It’s usually cheesecake (my favorite) and it’s usually a new recipe.  My mom used to make whatever cake we wanted on our birthdays and when I was a teenager black forest cake became my favorite. I would request it every year.

 I just love chocolate with fruit and cherries are my very favorite.  My mom passed away a few years ago. I have been missing her so much lately and this year I decided to make myself a Black Forest Cheesecake in celebration of my mom and birthdays past. She would have loved this recipe

There are all kinds of cheesecake from refrigerated to baked, smooth and creamy to almost cake like. I prefer the latter! To me, the texture matters just as much is the taste and I like my cheesecake dense and cake like. Sometimes I hesitate to order cheesecake in a restaurant because if it comes back to smooth and creamy I’m disappointed. So when you make a cheesecake recipe from me you can pretty much count on it being that wonderful, rich, decadent, texture

If you’ve never made cheesecake please don’t be intimidated. It’s easy! I promise! Sometimes when I see a recipe and it uses a piece of equipment or an ingredient I’m not used to, I scrap the whole idea because I don’t want it to be difficult, but I promise you- a springform pan is what makes cheesecake easy, not the other way around. Trust me on this one.

Here’s the recipe:                          [Print]

Black Forest Cheesecake

1 10 ounce package of Oreo Thins-crushed (reserve a few to decorate top)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
10 oz of Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate
4 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/3 cups of sugar
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
4 large eggs
1 cup heavy whipping cream
9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
Cherry pie filling
Whipped cream or your favorite whipped topping. (I used Cool Whip)
Chocolate curls

For crust:
Preheat oven to 350°
Combine cookie crumbs, sugar and melted butter in mixer and mix until combined. Press mixture evenly on to bottom of 9 inch spring form pan. Bake for five minutes. Let cool while preparing filling.
For filling:
Using glass bowl, melt chocolate in microwave. Start with one minute, stir,  and heat at 30 second increments until you can melt remaining chocolate pieces by stirring. Let chocolate cool until luke warm, but still pourable. Blend cream cheese, sugar, and cocoa powder in mixer until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Add lukewarm chocolate. Pour filling over crust; bake for 1 hour.  Turn of oven and leave cake in oven for one additional hour.
For ganache:
Heat cream in microwave using a glass (or microwave safe) bowl until it starts to bubble. Add chocolate chip slowly while stirring. Mix until chocolate is melted. Let mixture cool slightly and then pour it over the top of your cheesecake, letting a little spill over the edges.
Top with cherry pie filling. (I used one small can, but I always buy an extra one for those who want more. – That would be me!)  Add several dollops of whipped cream to top. Place an Oreo cookie in each dollop vertically. Make chocolate curls or chocolate pieces to decorate center of cheesecake.

PS: As much as I love cherries and chocolate together, would you believe I’ve never had a good quality cherry chocolate? All I have had are the cheap “Walmart“ cherry chocolates. I do like them, but I I don’t love them and I would really like to try a better version.  If you know of a place I can get some please let me know. We will be friends forever!
Come on by and grab a slice of this cheesecake. I need this thing out of my house so that I can go back to my keto diet. Haha

Come back soon,

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