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November 29, 2010

Let Them Eat Chocolate Cheesecake

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 12:22

Says the girl who does not like chocolate (or at least straight up chocolate. I like chocolate chips or Reece’s peanut butter cups and anything that’s not just plain chocolate).  So better them than me (although did you know that she didn’t actually say “Let them eat cake” but rather “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” which brioche =/= cake but rather a luxury bread)

So it was probably shocking to my roomie that I chose to make this sucker for a Celtics party I went to:

I forgot to take a pic of the finished product. By the time I remembered this is what remained

It’s just a basic Chocolate Cheesecake recipe, although I stole it offline from The FoodNetwork.

Ingredients:

Cheesecake base:

  • 1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs (I made it extra chocolatey by using chocolate graham crackers crushed up)
  • 1/2 stick butter (I used margarine. Duh)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa

Cheesecake filling:

  • 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped small
  • 2 1/2 cups cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar(I used regular confectioners sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon custard powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa, dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water

If you check out the link above there’s also ingredients and directions for a chocolate sauce.  I opted to not make the sauce because A) I’m not a chocolate fan and B) That’s just too much.

You can also click that link to see what it’s “really” supposed to look like.

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (I set it to 375* because after cooking several things in my gas oven I’ve decided to make anything that tastes good requires a higher heat in it)
  • To make the base, process the graham crackers to make rough crumbs and then add the butter and cocoa. Process again until it makes damp, clumping crumbs and then tip them into the pan. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan to make an even base and put into the freezer while you make the filling. (Being as poor as I am I didn’t process anything in a food processor because I don’t have one.  Being the perfectionist I am that meant A LOT of arm work to get the graham crackers perfectly crumbly and then add the margarine — in stick form, unmelted because of a lack of microwave.  Thank god I’m doing the pushup challenge!)
  • Put a kettle on to boil.
  • Melt the chocolate either in a microwave or double boiler, and set aside to cool slightly. (I used a makeshift double boiler on the stovetop)
  • Beat the cream cheese to soften it (ahem push ups!), then add the sugar and custard power, beating again to combine. Beat in the whole eggs and then the yolks, and the sour cream. Finally add the cocoa dissolved in hot water and melted chocolate and mix to a smooth batter.
  • Take the springform tin out of the freezer and line the outside of the tin with a good layer of cling wrap, and then another layer of strong foil over that. This will protect it from the water bath.
  • Sit the springform tin in a roasting pan and pour in the cheesecake filling. Fill the roasting pan with just boiled water to come about half way up the cake tin and bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The top of the cheesecake should be set, but the underneath should still have a wobble to it.
  • Peel away the foil and cling film wrapping and sit the cheesecake in its tin on a rack to cool. Put in the refrigerator once it is no longer hot, and leave to set, covered with plastic overnight. Let it lose its chill before unspringing the cheesecake to serve.

Lots of work for this guy! But it was worth it even though it may not have been the best thing to bring to a Celtics party.  None of the boys complained though hahah!

A close up. Before it was devoured.

Even though the C’s game viewing was awhile ago, I’m pretty sure the C’s won.  Granted I watch any game I can so I can’t say for certain (and I’m lazy so I’m obviously not going to look it up hahah) and our record is 12-4 so far.  I do ever so much love my boys.

"Say whaaaaaaaaaaaa Kobe?"

Hope everyone enjoys their Mondays! It’s hard to believe this this week is RACE WEEK for me. Okay so maybe not *just* me.  But in my world, yes.  I’m a princess after all.  I’ve got a tiara to prove it, remember?

And since it’s RACE WEEK I set my alarm for an bit later than the typical Monday.  Because A) I’m running a freaking marathon this weekend and need the extra sleep and B) I’m tapering (although by the looks of my weekend of drinking and running you wouldn’t know it hahah!)

While I can justify any extra running bits the past 2 weeks it’s best that I sleep a little longer and don’t have the time to be tempted to add anything on. While I am a poor VISTA I really cannot afford to loose my measly pay by being late.

Therefore, when my alarm went off, I said “screw that” and set it for another hour later and skipped my planned recovery 4-6 miler.  Meaning today is a rest day (unless I cave and go out after work!).  It feels weird to take a rest day for the heck of it (normally it’s only illness or injury and even then…) We’ll see how I feel post-work 😉

Although I do have a friend who is texting me all day saying “Stay Strong. No Running!” hahahahh

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