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Café chocolate cheesecake

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  • Prep Time20 mins
  • Total Time20 mins
  • Makes16 narrow wedges
*PLUS Refrigeration Time: 360 minutes, Baking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups Oreo cookie crumbs, or chocolate wafer crumbs

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

  • 6 squares bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolates

  • 3 pkg cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 2 tbsp instant coffee granules

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Crust: Preheat oven to 325F (160C). Stir crumbs with butter. Press over bottom of a 9-1/2-inch (24-cm) springform pan. Bake in centre of preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool.

  • Filling: Coarsely chop chocolate into small pieces. Melt in a small heavy-bottom saucepan set over low heat, removing from heat when some pieces of chocolate are still visible, about 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Or microwave, uncovered, on medium power until chocolate is almost, but not completely, melted, from 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 minutes. Then stir.

  • In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, or in a food processor, beat or whirl cream cheese with coffee crystals and sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Stop and scrape sides of bowl often. Beat or whirl in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat or whirl in melted chocolate and vanilla.

  • Turn filling onto warm crumb crust and smooth top. Bake in centre of preheated 325F (160C) oven until centre of cheesecake seems set when jiggled and a cake tester comes out almost clean, from 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Then, to minimize cracking, run a sharp knife around edge of pan to loosen cake. Don't remove sides. Cool on a rack.

  • Then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, about 6 hours or up to 2 days. Cake freezes well. Serve with a dusting of icing sugar.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 294, Protein 6g, Carbohydrates 26.2g, Fat 19.6g, Fibre 0.6g, Sodium 296mg.

For a dense rich cake, whirl filling ingredients together in a food processor. An electric mixer gives a higher lighter cake.

Chatelaine tip

Boxes of Oreo baking crumbs are sold in grocery stores. We preferred this cake made with regular cream cheese and bittersweet chocolate.

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