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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Chocolate Liqueur Cheesecake

We have tried and tested so many different cheesecakes in our family over the years and I have to admit to preferring the baked ones. I have several different recipes that I will share with you but this one is a favourite of mine when having a party or guests over for dinner. You can leave out the liqueur if you prefer but I love it with it. You will need a 22cm diameter springform tin to make this in. Definitely not one that can be adapted for weight watchers.


2 1/2 cups crushed chocolate biscuits
140g butter - melted
1 small egg


150g dark chocolate - melted
500g cream cheese
1/2 cup castor sugar
3 eggs
1 cup light sour cream
2 tablespoons coffee flavoured liqueur (or Baileys) or
2 teaspoons vanilla essence if not using liqueur


Combine biscuit crumbs, butter and beaten egg and press the mixture into the bottom and sides of your springform tin. Beat together melted chocolate, softened cream cheese and sugar and mix thoroughly. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat. Stir in the sour cream and liqueur (or vanilla essence). Pour into the prepared crust and bake in a moderately low oven for 1 hour. Cool in the oven then remove and chill in the refrigerator for several hours or until well chilled. Decorate the top with some curled chocolate and serve with whipped cream or just by itself.