Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with Chocolate Kahlua Sauce

It's November 30th!  Which means it's the last day of NaBloPoMo.  Thanks so much for sticking with me this month.  I'm glad and proud that I managed to write (what I would consider) a quality blog post each day.  Most of the time I didn't feel pressure and wasn't pressed for time to get a blog post in, because I pretty much wrote them all a few days in advance and scheduled them to publish.  However, sometimes life got in the way and I didn't have the time or energy, which is why some of my posts weren't published until 10:30 pm.  :-)  However, I got to the chance to feature some seasonal menus and party ideas, which was fun.  Maybe I'll keep this feature alive intermittently and post a menu or round-up when the mood strikes. And hopefully I also shared some recipes and stories that you enjoyed as well.  To celebrate the end of the month, I'm sharing with you a family favorite.

This cheesecake is kind of legen (wait for it) dary.  It's been one of my mom's signature desserts for as long as I can remember, and now it's one of mine as well. It is also intense.  You have a chocolate cookie crust, chocolate cheesecake base, mix in some chocolate chips, then drizzle the whole thing with chocolate kalhua sauce.  Like I said, it's intense.  She cut this recipe out of the Atlanta Journal Constitution years ago, and has been making it ever since.

I have made this a couple of times in the past - all for functions when my mom wouldn't be present of course, since it's "her" dessert.  I went on a spree a few weeks back and purged my gmail inbox (I think I had over 60,000 email strings...) so unfortunately I lost the recipe, but luckily my mom has it filed away and resent it.  She reminded me that it makes more than a full springform pan, and I should bake the extra alongside it in a small dish.  Instead, I opted to just scale down the recipe.  So if the quantities seem a little weird, that's why.

I took this cheesecake to Thanksgiving this year, and while I know it may seem like a nontraditional dessert, I say that a chocolate dessert is always welcome - no matter the holiday.  And trust me, no one cared one bit.  I think this would be a wonderful addition to a Christmas buffet, it would make a great dessert for a dinner party, or a great dessert for a Tuesday night.  Chocolate cheesecake is always welcome.

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake
a Phillips Family Favorite

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 4 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 1/2 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • scant 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 7 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped and melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 heaping cup semisweet chocoalte chips
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. For the crust: Combine crumbs and butter. Press on the
bottom of 9-inch springform pan.

For the cheesecake: Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add flour and salt. Gradually 
beat in sugar.  Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add melted chocolate. 
Stir in milk and chocolate chips.

Pour mixture into prepared crumb crust. Bake at 475 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. 
Reduce heat to 300 degrees and bake 40-50 minutes longer, or until filling is barely 
set in middle. Remove from oven and let stand at room temperature 1 hour. 
Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

When ready to serve, sprinkle top with chocolate chips (if desired) and serve with 
Kahlua Chocolate Sauce.

Kahlua Chocolate Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Kahlua
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan set over medium heat.  Cook until chocolate has melted, and mixture is smooth.  Cool to room temperature. 


the blissful baker said...

wow, this looks incredible! this cheesecake is EXACTLY what i was looking for today. thank you for sharing!

Courtney said...

Josie, this is beautiful! I've never had a chocolate cheesecake, so I will definitely be trying this one soon!

eatgood4life.blogspot.com said...

This looks awesome. Never had chocolate cheesecake, I think I should try it soon. It looks simple as well so I might give it a go :-)

Tara @ Smells Like Home said...

congrats on finishing NaBloPoMo! it's been great keeping up with what's going on in your home for the past month and this post definitely tops them all. cheesecake is a big thing in my family too and this one looks divine! thanks for sharing a family favorite with us!

karen d said...

Heavens above, this has got to be chocolate Nirvana!!!!

Anonymous said...

WOW! That looks amazing! Chocolate Cheesecake is my favorite kind! I think I will definitely have to break this one out this holiday season! Thanks so much!

Jessica said...

So one day you should come over and bring this...I will make you ANYTHING you want as long as you bring this cheesecake. HOLY YUM!

oneordinaryday said...

Looks just wonderful. I haven't had chocolate cheesecake in ages, and the Kahlua sauce takes it to another level!

Bridget said...

Josie, you did a great job this month! I definitely didn't think you had any drop in quality.

And you certainly outdid yourself with this last post - chocolate cheesecake with kahlua sauce, yum!

Kelli H said...

hmm...this might be a runner up for a christmas dessert now. Thanks!

Unknown said...

Wow, kudos on NaBloPoMo! What a huge accomplishment - I've enjoyed your posts all month :)

This cheesecake looks terrific. I just might have to add it to our Christmas table this year!

Erin said...

This cheesecake looks incredible! I am putting it on my must make list :)

Our Little Beehive said...

Amazing! Do you think I could use reduced fat cream cheese and still have it turn out ok?

Josie said...

I'm sure you could, but if you're going to eat cheesecake, you might as well use full-fat cream cheese and enjoy it! Its far from healthy even with reduced fat cream cheese, so I figure it's worth it to just indulge in a small slice and savor it!

Our Little Beehive said...

That was my thought too. It's for my father-in-law and I wasn't sure if he was prepared for 50,000 calories of dessert for the week ;) I did make the recipe exactly to your specs and it looks pretty horrible. I had to cook it for at least 30 extra minutes to get the center to come close to setting, and had to stick a knife in the center to even see whether it was setting through the crust created during the first bit at 475. I'm not sure how I'm going to salvage it to look appealing for the bday party tomorrow. Any ideas?

Josie said...

I'm not sure I understand your question/comment: it tastes horrible or looks horrible? And how so? If it is cracked or has a hole from you sticking your knife in, just cover with chocolate sauce or whipped cream. Trust me, no one will care.

Lori said...

That looks so luscious.

mag. said...

I've found your blog some time ago and I've immediately fallen in love with it. All of the photos and recipes... they look so good! I've never eaten a chocolate cheesecake before and I made it yesterday. I have to admit that it's the best thing I've ever eaten. I'm definitely going to try out more of your recipes. :)

Josie said...

Mag, I'm so glad you loved it! I agree, it is such a great treat!

chus long said...

I made it last night for a party later on today! It looks fantastic!

Nadine said...

I made it yesterday - it came out perfect. And it is sooooo good! Thank you for charing your recipe!
Here is a pic:

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