Having a cheesecake calls for a special occasion … and as it was my chocoholic friends birthday, knew it was the perfect time to bake a chocolate cheesecake! This cake smells divine long before it has even gone into the oven … I have never felt so hungry while preparing the batter as the entire kitchen had the irresistible chocolate aroma … pouring the smooth chocolatey batter into the cake tin was enough to drive one insane (in a good way :D), let alone eating it! It almost even feels like chocolate mousse cake as the texture is similar.Yes, cheesecakes take long to bake, and this one took me approximately an hour but it is worth it! I would strongly recommend refrigerating the cheesecake overnight for best results!
The original recipe belongs to ‘Joy of Baking’ website, but I have explained the steps in my own way 🙂 …
Ingredients for the base:
Oreo cookies (crushed in a food processor): 1 and 1/2 cup
Unsalted butter (at room temperature): 75 grams
Ingredients for the cheesecake:
Mascarpone Cheese (or any full fat cheese you can find): 680 grams
Caster Sugar: 1 cup or 200 grams
Eggs (at room temperature): 3
Semi-sweet chocolate chips (or any chocolate of your choice): 340 grams
Sour Cream: 1 cup or 220 grams
Vanilla Essence: 1 and 1/2 tsp
Ingredients for the ganache:
Semi-sweet chocolate chips: 1/3 cup
Whipping Cream: 1/3 cup
Unsalted butter (at room temperature): 1/2 tbsp
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease your 9 inches spring form pan and place it on a tray covered with aluminium foil in case of leakage.
To prepare the crust: crush Oreo cookies in your food processor. Add melted butter to the crushed oreos and mix well. Transfer the oreo mixture to the base of your cake tin. Spread the mixture to cover the entire base of the cake tin. Press firmly to make sure the mixture is levelled. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until the base looks firm. Set aside.
To prepare the cheesecake filling: Using the double-boiler method, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Set aside to cool.
In a bowl, beat the cream cheese until it forms a smooth mixture. Add the caster sugar and beat again until all ingredients are well-combined. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by vanilla essence. Continue to beat the mixture. Add the cooled melted chocolate to the mixture and beat the mixture until all ingredients are well-incorporated. Add the sour cream and fold the batter with the help of a spatula. Pour the mixture on top of the oreo cookies base. Bake the cheesecake for approximately an hour or until the sides of the cheesecake are firm but the centre should be a little wobbly. The cheesecake tends to shrink as it cools so it’s probably a good idea to run a butter knife around the edges of the cake tin once it is out of the oven to make sure there are no cracks on the cake surface during the cooling process. Allow the cheesecake to cool at room temperature. Refrigerate the cheesecake for approximately an hour.
To prepare the ganache: Using the double boiler method, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips together with the unsalted butter and whipping cream. Set aside to cool. Once the cheesecake has chilled in the fridge and the ganache has cooled, pour the ganache over the cheesecake. Refrigerate the cheesecake overnight for best results!
Congratulations! Your cheesecake is ready to be served! 🙂