Recipe For Chocolate Cheesecake

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recipe for chocolate cheesecake

This recipe for chocolate cheesecake came from my sister in law - 30 years ago. It's a baked cheesecake recipe. (Unlike my Amaretto Mousse Cheesecake which is a no-bake and is slightly more like an American type cheesecake with a hit of Italian flavor.)

My sister-in-law was cooking one of her first sit down dinners. (You know how that is, after you get out of college and want to play "grown up".) I can still remember the weather that day, the conversation - and how fantastic this was! I was kinda surprised, not that I doubted her cooking skills. But when someone says they are making a cheesecake, there's the American-fake-type, and then there's the old-school real stuff. And this was it! The old-school real stuff!

I think two KEY things make this stand out:

  • the sour cream
  • the baking procedure (scroll below - you will see)
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    Recipe For Chocolate Cheesecake

    YIELD: 10" Cheesecake

    Ingredients - Crust

    * 3/4 cup of flour ( you can swap this out for chocolate wafer cookies - cut back on the butter accordingly though)

    * 2 Tbs of sugar

    * 1/4 tsp salt

    * 1/4 cup butter

    Ingredients - Batter

    * 4 - 8 oz pkg cream cheese

    * 2 tsp vanilla

    * 6 eggs

    * 2 cups sour cream

    * 1 cup of sugar

    * 1/4 cup of flour

    * 6 squares of semi-sweet chocolate

    Crust Procedure

    * Preheat oven to 400 degrees

    * Cut butter and dry ingredients till coarse crumbs

    * Press into bottom 10" spring form pan

    * Bake 10 minutes

    Batter Procedure

    * Preheat oven to 500 degrees (really)

    * Blend cream cheese and sugar

    * Beat in flour and vanilla

    * Add eggs one at a time

    * Stir in melted chocolate

    * Add sour cream and blend

    * Bake 12 minutes at 500 degrees

    * Decrease heat to 200 degrees - do not open the oven door!

    * Bake for 60 minutes at 200 degrees - again - don't open the door!

    * Cool 2-3 hours

    * Refridgerate at least 8 hours

    * Leave in the pan until you are ready to serve

    * Give yourself at least of time from start to finish. I like to let my pie cool off on the counter for quite a bit of time before I put it in the fridge.

    Why 500 degrees, then 200 degrees?

    The 500 degrees warms the ingredients - and then the 200 slow cooks the cake - so it's evenly cooked. But absolutely do NOT open the door. You need that drastic-heat-up the ingredient time. And then 200 isn't very hot. So if you open the door - you are losing that slow cook temperature.

    How come no graham cracker crust?

    You can do one if you want. Won't hurt the recipe at all. I wanted my sister in laws exact recipe for chocolate cheesecake - and this was how she did it. Feel free to use the graham cracker crust if you want.

    Is all this sour cream necessary?

    Don't know if it's "necessary" - but it gives a great not-too-sickening-sweet taste! So many commercialized cheese cakes are overkill on the sugar.

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