May 27, 2013

Blackforest cheesecake

Last night I had my parents and brothers over for dinner. When entertaining I always like to cook something I have never cooked before, so after a quick search on I found a recipe that I hoped everyone would like, Blackforest cheesecake.

Having made a chocolate cheesecake before I was familar with the crushing of the biscuits for the base, the melting of the chocolate, the combination of the softened cream cheese, followed by the setting in the fridge. It is the perfect dessert to pre prepare!

Cost wise it isn't expensive to make, I probably spent $10-15 on ingredients. The cheesecake is fairly rich so servings don't need to be too large, I was able to serve approx 8-10 serves using the below ingredients.

Melted butter to grease
200g plain chocolate biscuits
125g butter melted
200g dark cooking chocolate
1 tbsp boiling water
1 tsp gelatine
500g cream cheese, room temperature
70g brown sugar
400g tin of cherries
2 tbs caster sugar
1 tbs cornflour

1. Brush a round or fluted tin, with removable base with melted butter.
2. Place biscuits in a food processor and process until finely crushed. Add butter and process until combined. Transfer to prepared pan and press mixture firmly over base. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
3. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until melted.
4. Place water in a heatproof glass. Sprinkle with gelatine and stir with a fork until it dissolves.
5. Use an electric beater to beat cream cheese and brown sugar in a bowl until smooth. Add chocolate and gelatine, and beat until combined. Spoon into base and use a knife to smooth the surface. Place in fridge for 1 hour to chill.
6. Meanwhile, drain cherries and reserve syrup. Combine sugar and cornflour in a saucepan. Gradually add the syrup. Cook, stirring, over medium heat for 5 minutes or until sauce boils. Remove from heat. Add the cherries. Set aside for 30 minutes to cool.
7. Slice cheesecake. Serve topped with cherries.

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