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3D Chocolate Cheesecake

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A cheesecake that is deep, dark and decadent earns the right to be called "3D." This version always looks its chocolate best, because the ganache coating blankets any cracks you may experience, as cheesecakes sometimes like to show. —Vanassa Hicks, Flint, Michigan

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Ingredients

  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 5 whole crackers)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 packages (8-ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 package (10-ounces) 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • GANACHE:
  • 2/3 cup (4-ounces) 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Details

Servings 16
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 85mins
Adapted from tasteofhome.com

Preparation

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°F. Place a greased 9-inch springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 inch square). Securely wrap foil around pan.

In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in cooled chocolate and cocoa. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of boiling water to larger pan.

Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath; remove foil. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack 10 minutes; loosen edges from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.

For ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream and sugar just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool to reach a spreading consistency, stirring occasionally.

Remove rim from pan. Spread ganache over cheesecake to within 1-inch of edge. Refrigerate 1 hour or until set.

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