Friday, May 5, 2017

Mexican Chocolate Cheesecake

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here's a great recipe for Mexican Chocolate Cheesecake from Betty Crocker, only slightly adapted. As always, use the very best chocolate and other ingredients. To make this extra chocolate-y, make a chocolate crust.

Mexican Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust
1 1/2 cups crushed chocolate wafer cookies (about 35 cookies)
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Filling 
1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) chopped Mexican Chocolate (I use Taza Mexicano)
1/2 cup whipping cream
3 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon chile powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla
3 eggs

Topping and Garnish 
2 cups sweetened whipped cream
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Chocolate shavings

Directions:
Heat oven to 350°F.
Wrap outside bottom and side of 8-inch springform pan with heavy-duty foil to prevent leaking. Spray inside bottom and side of pan with cooking spray.
In small bowl, mix crust ingredients. Press in bottom of pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F. Cool crust 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, melt chopped chocolate and whipping cream over medium-low heat; stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
In large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, just until blended.
Stir in chocolate mixture. Pour filling over crust.

Bake at 300°F 1 hour or until edge of cheesecake is set at least 2 inches from edge of pan but center of cheesecake still jiggles slightly.
Turn oven off; open oven door 4 inches. Let cheesecake remain in oven 30 minutes. Run small metal spatula around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake.
Cool in pan on cooling rack 30 minutes.
Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.

To serve, run small metal spatula around edge of pan; carefully remove foil and side of pan. Cut cheesecake into slices. Top slices with whipped cream; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
Garnish with chocolate shavings. Cover; refrigerate any remaining cheesecake.

Photo: Betty Crocker

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