Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cheesecake with chocolate ganache

I picked up a springform pan at IKEA a few weeks ago with this cheesecake in mind.  I never made a cheesecake before and the lack of good cheesecakes nearby motivated me to make my own.  It turned out exactly how I imagined it would.  It is the perfect cheesecake and I found the recipe through a google search.  I almost couldn't believe it.  

My mom has a friend that she volunteers with that is an incredible baker.  Her advice for making a cheesecake is to replace 1/2 the graham cracker needed for the crust with a crushed cookie. I used crushed Oreos.  What a fantastic idea.  It really makes the crust more delicious.  I made a chocolate ganache to top the cheesecake because you can never have enough chocolate.  

This week was full of desserts! I am going to have to make up for it with lots of salads!!

Cheesecake- recipe from modified by me
  • Ingredients
  • 15 graham crackers, crushed 1/2 graham cracker 1/2 oreo cookies
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 (8 oz) packages cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch springform pan.  In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Press onto bottom of springform pan.  In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Blend in milk, and then mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing just enough to incorporate. Mix in sour cream, vanilla and flour until smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust.  Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Do not open the door.  Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for 5 to 6 hours; this prevents cracking. Chill in refrigerator until serving.  

Chocolate Ganache 
4oz 60% chocolate, chopped
4 oz heavy cream

Heat heavy cream in a sauce pan until it begins to bubble.  Pour over chopped chocolate and stir until chocolate is smooth and shiny. Drizzle, or pour, over cheesecake.


Sam W. said...

oh my word. mouth is watering!

Unknown said...

WOW, pass the plate will you.

Anonymous said...

Yum!!! If this was your first attempt at cheesecake, I bow to you! Looks perfect!

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