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black forest cheesecake

cheesecake ingredients

Cherry Topping:
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1 pound frozen unsweetened cherries, thawed
1/4 cup kirsch
1/4 cup (about) Morello cherry syrup or sour cherry syrup

Chocolate Crust:
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8 1/2 oz chocolate wafer cookies
6 tbls (3/4 stick) well-chilled butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Chocolate Filling:
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1 1/2 cups whipping cream
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup whipping cream, well-chilled (I use heavy whipping cream.)
2 tblsp sugar
1 tblsp kirsch

cheesecake directions

  1. For topping: Soak undrained cherries and kirsch in small bowl 6 hours.

  2. Thoroughly drain cherries in strainer set over medium bowl, shaking
    occasionally, at least two hours. Reserve liquid.

  3. Add enough Morello cherry syrup to cherry liquid to measure 1 cup. Pour
    6 tablespoons into heavy 8-inch skillet (reserve remaining liquid for
    filling). Halve cherries and add to skillet. Boil until syrup is
    thickened and mixture resembles preserves, about 6 minutes. (Can be
    prepared 2 days ahead. Chill.)

  4. For crust: Generously butter 9-inch springform pan. Finely crush
    cookies in processor, using on/off turns. Cut in butter until mixture
    begins to gather together, using on/off turns. Press crumbs into bottom
    of pan and up sides to 3/4 inch from top; there should be no cracks.
    Refrigerate crust for at least 30 minutes.

  5. For filling: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Heat 1 1/2 cups cream with
    chocolate in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until chocolate melts,
    stirring constantly. Cool 10 minutes.

  6. Beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs 1 at a
    time until just combined. Beat in chocolate mixture, then remaining 10
    tablespoons cherry liquid and vanilla. Pour into crust. Bake until
    outer 2 inches of cake are firm but center still moves slightly, about 1
    1/4 hours (top may crack). Cool completely on rack. Top pan with paper
    towels and cover tightly with foil. Refrigerate 1 to 2 days.

  7. Remove foil, paper towels and pan sides from cake. Spread cherry
    topping over cake. Beat remaining 1 cup cream with 2 tablespoons sugar
    and kirsch to peaks. Spoon into center of cake. Top with chocolate
    curls if desired. (Can be prepared 2 hours ahead and refrigerated.) Let
    stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
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