I love a challenge. When asked to create a recipe for a cheesecake competition that was required to be A Unique Cheesecake, included chocolate as an ingredient and one that could be used as a showstopper dessert – I was in! Creating dessert recipes is something that I am always up for. How could I resist? This recipe has been adapted from my book, “Chocolate Desserts Made Easy and Delicious” – Cakes. I am very pleased with the results.
The reason this cheesecake recipe is unique is that this cheesecake features a baked ganache. It also includes just a touch of flour, not typically found in cheesecakes. The addition of the flour results in a cheesecake that has a silky texture unlike any I have ever had. It was such a beauty to cut into gorgeous clean-edged portions, as well.
This recipe is a winner in our household. It also did very well in the cheesecake competition. It will be a showstopper in your house, as well.
A Unique Cheesecake
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY TORTE WITH CHOCOLATE PECAN CRUST
CHEF TALK: This is sure to become one of your family’s favourite cakes. It is an unusual recipe because it is a baked ganache with the addition of flour, which results in a crunchy top and a very stable and a firm filling that cuts easily. You can use any favourite jam to place on the baked crust before adding the cheesecake filling, however, I would highly recommend raspberry – it pairs so beautifully with the cheesecake flavours.
You can also freeze this cake for a wonderful make-ahead dessert. What more can you ask for in a cheesecake? Except perhaps, a variation in the size of the cheesecake – you know how I love my individual desserts. Bake the cheesecakes in individual 3-inch cheesecake pans following the recipe. Bake the crust for 5 minutes. Bake the filling in the individual cheesecakes for 13 – 15 minutes.
A Unique Cheesecake: DOUBLE CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY TORTE WITH CHOCOLATE PECAN CRUST
Makes: 1 – 10-inch springform pan (16 rich servings)
- ¼ cup butter, unsalted (65 g)
- 2 tablespoon dark brown sugar (32 g)1 cup chocolate wafer crumbs – about 12 – 14 wafers (120 g)
- 1 cup pecans or almonds, toasted then finely chopped (110 g)
- 1/3 cup seedless raspberry or apricot jam (85 ml)
- 1 lb. semi-sweet good quality chocolate, coarsely chopped (454 g)
- 1 cup whipping cream (250 ml)
- 1/3 cup flour (50 g)
- 6 eggs, large
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar (135 g)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (5 ml)
- Preheat the oven to 325°F (300°F, if using a convection oven).
- Melt the butter and stir in remaining crust ingredients, mixing together to make a crumb crust.
- Press into a greased springform pan, which has been lined on the bottom and sides with parchment paper.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 325°F just to set the crust. Cool the crust.
- Soften the jam and spread it over the crust. Set the crust aside while you prepare the filling.
- Place the chopped chocolate in a medium-sized bowl.
- Place the cream into a medium size pot (1 or 2 quarts). Bring the cream to a boil (CHEF TIP: Watch the pot carefully! Trust me on this – You do not want to leave a pot of cream coming to the boil unattended on the stove. It isn’t pretty!) Pour the cream over the chopped chocolate in a bowl and stir gently until the chocolate is melted (you are making a classic chocolate ganache).
- Stir in the flour.
- Meanwhile, in a mixer with a whisk attachment, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla on high until slightly thickened (3 – 4 minutes). It will be at a ribbon stage.
- Stir 1/3 of this mixture into the melted chocolate, (tempering) then turn the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and fold together until no streaks remain (what you have now made is called a baked ganache).
- Pour this mixture over the prepared crumb crust. Tap the pan on the counter to eliminate any bubbles.
- Bake just until firm (30 to 40 minutes). Cool on rack. Chill completely, uncovered, preferably overnight.
GARNISH: crème Fraiche; softly whipped cream, fresh berries, etc.
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- Toasting Your Nuts
- Preparing Your Pans
- Parchment Paper
- Ribbon Stage
- Cutting Your Cakes
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