Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake

Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake

Wow!  Try to say this one three times really fast … Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake.  This beautiful looking cheesecake tastes even more delicious than it sounds and looks.  The rich taste and smooth creamy texture of the chocolate cheesecake is complimented perfectly by the cherries.   I originally found this recipe by the talented Emma Braz through Super Food Ideas (Photo by Rob Palmer).    If you’re anything like me and you need a measurement converter, this is the one I use here.

Listed here are the ingredients that I used in comparison to the original recipe (which are fundamentally the same, although some changes are due to particular produce not being available).  Please see the link above for the original recipe.

Ingredients 

  • 250g plain chocolate biscuits (any plain type of chocolate cookies/biscuits will do just fine  OR  use Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies to make the base Gluten Free)
  • 125g butter, melted
  • 500g cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted (I used Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder)
  • 300g sour cream
  • 300g cherries, pitted, halved  (I used frozen pitted cherries as they weren’t in season at the time I made this – but they worked just fine)
  • cherries and icing sugar, to serve
  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C or 320F/140°C or 280F  fan-forced.  Grease a 5.5cm/2.5″ deep, 24cm/9″ (base) springform pan.  Crush or Process the biscuits until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Add the butter and process to combine.   Press the mixture over the base of the prepared pan.   Cover and then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.   Then add the eggs, one at a time whilst beating to combine.   Then beat in the cocoa and sour cream until just combined.   Fold in the cherries and then spread over the biscuit mixture.
  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until center is just firm. Turn off the oven and allow to cool in the oven for 3 hours with the door slightly ajar/open.   Take out and refrigerate overnight.
  4. To Serve, adorn the top with cherries and sprinkle with icing sugar.  Enjoy!
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