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Bittersweet Chocolate Cheesecake

Difficulty Beginner
Time
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 60 mins Rest Time: 5 mins Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Best Season Available
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Toasted Hazelnuts
  • 1/3 cup Butter (Melted)
  • 24 ounces Cream Cheese ((3 Packages))
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 16 ounces Baking Chocolate (Melted and Cooled)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Strawberries (For Garnish)
Instructions
  1. Baking Instructions

    In a bowl, combine crumbs, hazelnuts and butter; press onto the bottom of an ungreased 9-inch springform pan. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add chocolate; beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in sour cream, extracts and salt; pour over the crust. Bake at 350 for 60-65 minutes or until the center is nearly set. Cool to room temperature. For glaze, melt chocolate and cream in a microwave or double boiler; stir until smooth. Add vanilla. Dip a few whole strawberries into the chocolate glaze and place them on wax paper or plastic wrap to dry. Carefully run a knife between the cake and the sides of the pan; remove sides of pan. Cut remaining strawberries into wedges. Spread strawberry wedges on top of the cake and drizzle chocolate glaze on top of the strawberries and place whole chocolate covered strawberries on that to top it off.

Note

*NOTE: Semisweet baking chocolate may be substituted for the bittersweet chocolate.

Keywords: Cheesecake