Thursday, January 21, 2010

Triple chocolate cheesecake



First cheesecake this year. My "cheesecake monsters" (my husband and son) were already craving it so much I had to make it.  

This cheesecake is made of three chocolate layers.  Dark chocolate gives it an intense flavour that stays in contrast with subtle milk and white chocolate fillings. I used German quark (fresh and soft curd cheese). It is called topfen in Austria, serek homogenizowany in Poland, queijo fresco batido in Portugal or fromage frais in France. Quark can be easily substituted by cream cheese (because the latter is thicher you should add 3 extra tablespoons of sour cream to the filling).  



Triple chocolate cheesecake
 

23 cm (9 inches) spring cake pan


Crust:
150 g (5.5 oz) chocolate cookies
50 g (about 3 tablespoons) butter, softened



Filling:
1 kg (35 oz = 2.2 pounds ) quark cheese (20% fat content)
150 g (5.5 oz = 2/3 cup) sugar
25 g (about 3 tablespoons) cornstarch

4 eggs
150 ml (5 fl oz = 2/3 cup) sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

100 g (3.5 oz) dark chocolate
100 g (3.5 oz) milk chocolate
100 g (3.5 oz) white chocolate
4 tablespoons single cream (15% or more fat content) 


Crust:
Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Crush cookies with butter in a food processor to make fine crumbs. Press the crumbs onto the bottom of spring cake pan (previously lined with baking paper or aluminium foil, just to be sure that nothing leaks through) with the aid of the bottom of a cup. Bake for 10 - 12 min.


Filling:
Beat cheese with sugar and cornstarch until smooth. With the mixer still running add eggs one at a time, then sour cream and vanilla extract. Mix briefly, only to combine the ingredients. 


Preheat the oven to 180ºC. In 3 medium bowls melt 3 types of chocolate with single cream added, starting with white, then milk and finally dark (to white and milk chocolate add 1 tablespoon of cream, to the dark one 2 tablespoons). This can be done in "bain marie" or in a microwave (I melt my chocolate at 360 W in 50 seconds, take it out and mix it energetically to melt completely). 


Leave melted chocolate to cool a little. To each bowl with chocolate add gradually about 1/3 of cheese filling(it was about 500 g of added filling to each bowl ) and whisk througoutly until smooth. Initially it may seem that you finish with lumps of chocolate in filling, but they all disappear as you whisk. 


Pour the white chocolate filling onto the cooled crust. Then, very carefully and evenly, spoon the milk chocolate filling and spread it gently to create a second layer. Next goes the dark chocolate filling and you get a third layer. 


Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 180ºC, lower the temperature to 160°C and continue to bake for 1 hour - 1 hour 15 minutes , until it is set on the sides and a little shiny and moist in the center. Turn the oven off and leave the cake to cool inside with the door slightly open.


65 comments:

Gala said...

I've made chocolate cheesecake before but this tops it! Delicious!

Flirting with Flour said...

Those layers are beautiful, no wonder your Husband and son are cheesecake monsters! :)

Memória said...

Wow. This cheesecake and photo are beautiful! What an elegant dessert.

Chocolate Shavings said...

That has to be one of the most elegant cakes I've seen all week, and I've been publishing cake photos for Tastespotting all week long!

Katherine Martin said...

this is... wow. Absolutely gorgeous. I don't comment much on others posts, but when I saw this is tastespotting - I had to compliment you on the photography & the recipe! If I wasn't going on a cruise in a little over a month, I'd make this ASAP!!

Tia said...

wow you must do this very gebtly i'm sure!

Chicho said...

WOW... the perfect cheesecake!!
Love it :)

Dawn said...

beautiful photo. thanks for sharing!

Hannah said...

That is just jaw-dropping- Both the cheesecake itself, and your beautiful photography! Amazing!

Agnieszka said...

@All:
Thank you very much for your kind comments. I am so happy you liked the recipe and cheesecake photos.

Cooking Rookie said...

This looks soooo good. I have never made a chocolate cheesecake, but when I do, I'll use your recipe! Thanks so much :-).
Also, your photographs are simply beautiful!

Solange said...

Oh no what a cheesecake, it looks unbeliavably delicious and mouthwatering! I have an addiction to cheesecakes so this one I'm really going to bake as soon as possible!

Rosemaryandthegoat said...

Beautiful cheesecake. I bet it was delicious. Any left?

Agnieszka said...

@Rosemaryandthegoat: All gone within a couple of hours....
@all: Thanks for visiting.

Carol Egbert said...

Lovely, scrumptious layers. My mouth is watering.

tasteofbeirut said...

I am not that crazy about cheesecake but this one is spectacular!

Daydreamer Desserts said...

What a gorgeous looking cheesecake, I'm sure it was fantastic!

Mhel said...

wow that cheesecake looks soooo yummy!!!!!

-bcgw. said...

Stunning.

Dennis said...

I made this for a dessert night, and it was spectacular! But there were only 7 people that were there, and it was so rich it could've served 20!!

I used cream cheese and left out the cornstarch. Not sure what it does to the cake. But it was so good! And everyone raved about it!

Agnieszka said...

@All, thank you very much for your kind comments.

@Dennis, it is good to hear you like it. And yes, it is rich - a thin slice goes a long way. :)
Cornstarch is used to thicken the filling, especially when you use a softer cheese as quark. As you used cream cheese cornstarch was not so important and your cheesecake came out beautifully without it.

czekolaga said...

I just put it in the oven! I made it with a half of the ingredients (I have a cake pan just right for it, otherwise I suppose it would be too much for the two of us ;-) Not that it wouldn't get eaten - but who would roll us down from the couch afterwards ;-)?)
It was such fun to make, even in my tiny kitchen and having only one pot&bowl for the bain-marie ;-)
I don't suppose I'll be able to keep it a secret from tomorrow's birthday-guy, thanks to the smell :-) but I thought I'd top it with fresh mango and jello and put it in the fridge for the night to keep it from being eaten today :-) Thanks for the recipe!!

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Izabel said...

What a great recipe, cant wait to try it, but just wanted to know did you add water in a separate pan while baking. I Am so anxious to make it for my daughter's 13th birthday.

Izabel

Izabel said...

What a great recipe, cant wait to try it, but just wanted to know did you add water in a separate pan while baking. I Am so anxious to make it for my daughter's 13th birthday.

Izabel

Agnieszka said...

Izabel, usually I just put the cheesecake into the oven but if you want you can put the springform pan into the bigger pan with hot water. Just cover the springform pan form the outside with aluminium foil to protect it from water. Happy birthday for your daughter!

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This is what I was craving for this fine Sunday morning. I think your recipe is genious bringing rich and suttle tastes together. It is not too rich or too plain. I am definitely going to try to bake one today.

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