Friday, March 2, 2012

Emily's Birthday Party Part II (Chocolate Cheesecake)

Hayden's favorite dessert. 

     If you like rich, need a whole glass of milk, chocolately goodness; this cake may be one you'd like to try.  Even folks who don't like cheesecake seem to like this!  This needs to cool overnight, so remember to make this ahead of time.

Here Hayden is making flowers to decorate the cheesecake the day before while Sammy works on his math.

To see the recipe for candy flowers, click here.

This is the cookbook where I found this recipe.  I have probably made this at least once a year since then!

1 cup crushed chocolate wafer crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 cups (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
optional: whipped cream, chocolate shavings, strawberries, or any other type of decoration
springform pan
spray Pam
aluminum foil
a large cake pan that the springform pan can fit inside

Cover outside of springform pan with aluminum foil for extra protection against water leakage during baking.  Cheesecake will be baked in a "water bath".

Crush chocolate wafers.

Combine 1 cup of crushed wafers with 3 tablespoons of sugar.

Stir in 3 tablespoons of melted butter.  Save any leftover crushed wafers from your bag for a yummy ice cream topping.
Spray springform pan with Pam.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Press wafer mixture into the bottom of pan.  Place pan in refrigerator.

Melt the chocolate chips over low heat and stir until smooth.  Set aside.

In another bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. 

Add flour and beat well.

Add eggs and beat on low just until combined.

Stir in vanilla.
Stir in melted chocolate.

Pour over crust.

Place springform pan inside another pan and carefully add water around the sides.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes until center is set.  This will prevent your cheesecake from splitting.

Ah, the Wand tradition:  licking the chocolate pot clean.  Where is everyone?

Uh oh, Emily just happened to walk down the stairs and catch Joey!

Gotcha!  Time to share, Kiddo!
The cheesecake cooling.  Notice the foil has been removed to get any water away from the cake as soon as possible.

After ten minutes, slice gently around the sides.  Wait another hour.  Chill overnight.

Place cheesecake on decorative plate and remove the sides of your springform pan.
Hayden decorated this cheesecake with whipped cream and her chocolate flowers.  In the past, we have also topped the cake with mini chocolate chips and drizzled chocolate syrup in a criss cross pattern across the chips after piping the whipped cream.

Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.  Proverbs 17:1


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