19 February, 2019
Sensationally Smooth Chocolate Cheesecake
This silky smooth chocolate cheesecake may be the most decadent dessert you ever eat! The texture is perfection. A half inch of Oreo crust and a thick layer of creamy ganache means this is the last chocolate cheesecake recipe you will ever need!
We visited Eric’s hometown this weekend, it’s a tiny place up in Montana called Sidney. At a family dinner, Eric’s Great Uncle Hubert came and sat down next to me on the couch. “Now Karen, can you show me how to get on this Blob of yours that I keep hearing about?”
I laughed so hard and told him that it’s actually called a blog. “Well, I was 3/4 right,” he said. Ha! Touché, Hubert, touché!
Maybe we should just start calling it a blob. That’s what you’ll turn into eventually, I suppose, if you eat this chocolate cheesecake too many days in a row! I mean just kidding, chocolate cheesecake is totally a healthy choice that you should make today.
We were up in Montana for Eric’s grandmother’s funeral. It is sad but nice to be with the family. Nana was having a very hard time, and we are glad she’s not in pain anymore. She was the sweetest, spunkiest lady. It was fun to spend the weekend talking about her. Nana shared so many of her amazing recipes with us, and I’ve added several to the blob, like Nana’s Famous Fudge Brownies, Homemade Peppermint Ice Cream, Beef Barley Soup, Nana’s Fall-Off-the-Bone Ribs and “Barb”-ecue Sauce (Nana’s name is Barbara).
Nothing brings family together quite like the food we make for each other, does it?
I don’t know if Nana had a favorite chocolate cheesecake recipe, but I’m sharing mine today! Have you ever made my Crème Brûlée Cheesecake? It’s very popular for a good reason! It’s one of the best cheesecakes I have ever had. The texture is perfection. It’s not a traditional cheesecake because I smooshed together a cheesecake recipe with a crème brûlée recipe. It is a bit softer than a traditional cheesecake, and so rich.
I wanted to create a chocolate cheesecake version. On my first trial I actually tried using my kitchen torch to brûlée the top of this chocolate cheesecake, but wasn’t in love with that combo. The burnt sugar flavor is pretty delicate, and chocolate overwhelms it. It kind of just gets lost and doesn’t add anything to the cheesecake, I felt. Instead I wanted to bring in the gorgeous texture of the crème brûlée cheesecake, but with a ton of chocolate flavor. Oh, and a ridiculously thick ganache layer on top.
First we start with an Oreo crust. Not just any Oreo crust. 36 Oreos get tossed in a food processor to make a crust that is a good half inch thick, with a little bit of butter and sugar to make it fork tender and melt in your mouth. That’s an entire package of Oreos. I told you, guys, we’re not messing around here.
Next we make the cheesecake filling. First you beat the cream cheese for several minutes, then add sugar and cocoa and vanilla. Then you beat again before adding melted bittersweet chocolate. Then comes the weird part: Beat 10 egg yolks (yes, seriously, 10) in a separate bowl, and while mixing, pour in hot cream. This is how we are getting a super thick, custard like texture for this cheesecake. It bakes up into a dreamy creamy chocolate cheesecake that is simply delightful.
Look at this gorgeous cheesecake with no cracks! But honestly guys, if your cheesecake cracks, don’t sweat it. Just cover it up with chocolate ganache and chocolate curls!
I won’t tell anyone if you eat some of this ganache with a spoon.
I am normally a big-slice kind of cheesecake person, but this chocolate cheesecake is so rich and decadent that I can’t do more than a tiny slice. It is really great served with strawberries to off-set the richness of the cheesecake.
I know it’s a ways off, but this would be a perfect dessert to serve either for Easter or for Mother’s Day. What mom wouldn’t want to wake up to this gorgeous cheesecake? (Children?? Are you listening??)
Three years ago: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Maple Pecan Frosting < I just made this again last week! So good.
Four years ago: Traditional Tejano Pinto Beans (Slow Cooker) < this is a family favorite.
Five years ago: Snickers Brownie Bars
Smooth and Silky Chocolate Cheesecake may be the most decadent dessert you ever eat! The texture is perfection. A half inch of Oreo crust and a thick layer of creamy ganache means this is the last chocolate cheesecake recipe you ever need!
by The Food Charlatan
*The foil is to keep your cheesecake dry since it will be baked in a water bath. I know 3 layers may seem excessive, but talk to me when you spend half a day making your precious chocolate cheesecake and you end up with a soggy crust. Trust me, it’s worth the cost of the foil!
Crème Brûlée Cheesecake << this is the recipe that today’s chocolate cheesecake it based on. It’s my favorite cheesecake of all time!
No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Caramelized Peaches << this is so easy!