Dutch Chocolate-Mint Cheesecake

Dutch Chocolate-Mint Cheesecake
Dutch Chocolate-Mint Cheesecake

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

Ingredients

  • CRUST:

  • 1

    box chocolate wafer cookies - (9 oz) broken

  • 3

    ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate coarsely chopped (do not use unsweetened)

  • 3

    tablespoons sugar

  • 7

    tablespoons unsalted butter melted, hot

  • FILLING:

  • 12

    ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chopped (do not use unsweetened)

  • 2

    pounds cream cheese room temperature

  • 1 3/4

    cups sugar

  • 4

    large eggs

  • 1/4

    cup whipping cream

  • 1/2

    cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted

  • 1

    tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1

    teaspoon peppermint extract

  • TOPPING:

  • 1 1/2

    cups sour cream

  • 1/4

    cup sugar

  • 1/2

    cup whipping cream

  • 1/4

    cup sugar

  • 1/2

    cup whipping cream

  • 1

    tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 6

    ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chopped (do not use unsweetened)

  • 12

    fresh mint leaves

Directions

For Crust: Finely grind cookies, chocolate and sugar in processor. Add butter; blend until crumbs begin to stick together. Press crumb mixture firmly onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides. For Filling: Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Melt chocolate in top of double boiler over simmering water, stirring until smooth. Cool to lukewarm. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until blended. Add eggs 1 at time, beating just until incorporated. Add melted chocolate, cream, cocoa powder and extracts and beat just until smooth. Pour filling into crust. Bake until center is just set, about 1 hour. Transfer to rack and cool 20 minutes. Press down gently on puffed edges to flatten. Run small sharp knife around top edge of pan to loosen. Do not remove pan sides. Cool. Cover and chill overnight. For Toppings: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sour cream and sugar in bowl. Spoon sour cream topping over cheesecake. Bake 20 minutes. Chill cheesecake until cold, at least 6 hours. Bring cream and butter to simmer in heavy small saucepan. Reduce heat to low. Add chocolate and whisk until melted. Freeze until firm enough to pipe, whisking occasionally, about 15 minutes. Remove pan sides from cake. Spoon chocolate topping into pastry bag fitted with small star tip. Pipe 6 diagonal lines atop cake, spacing evenly. Repeat in opposite direction, forming lattice. Pipe 12 rosettes of chocolate around top edge of cake. (Can be made 1 day ahead; chill.) Garnish with mint leaves. This recipe yields 12 servings.

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