St. Patrick's Baking

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Susie's Oh My Gosh Ganache Chocolate Cheesecake

Here my next entry in my Christmas Menu : Susie's Oh My Gosh Ganache Chocolate Cheesecake.

I have been making this cheesecake for Christmas for over 10 years and it is always a hit. That's the "Oh My Gosh" part.

The ganache part is the glaze and the truffles on top.

And the chocolate cheesecake is the cake inside:-)

For Cake:
1-1/4 cups chocolate wafers, crushed
1/4 cup butter, melted
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
3-8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tbls vanilla
1-1/2 cups sour cream

For Ganache:
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbls unsalted butter

For Whipping Cream for Assembly of the Cake:
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 tbls powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

1. In a small mixing bowl, combine chocolate wafer crumbs and butter and stir well. Press crumb mixture into bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Chill.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, melted chocolate and vanilla until smooth. Fold in sour cream. Pour mixture into crumb crust.

3. Wrap bottom and sides of the springform pan in foil and put it in a roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with boiling water until it is half-way up the springform pan. Bake the cheesecake in the water bath for 1 hour and 10 minutes at 325. Turn off the oven and let cheesecake stand in the oven for 30 minutes with the oven door ajar. Remove and cool on wire rack. Cover and chill for at least 8 hours.

4. For the ganache, place chocolate in a medium heat-safe mixing bowl. Heat cream and butter over medium heat then, bring to boil. Immediately pour cream over chocolate and mix until the chocolate is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes.
5. Place the fully chilled cake on a wire rack over a baking sheet. Using a cake spatula, cover the sides and the top of the cake with about 4 tablespoons of the ganache to create a crumb coat. Chill. To cover cake, pour the remaining ganache into the center of the cake. Working quickly, spread with a spatula over the sides of the cake to create an even coating of ganache.

6. To make the truffles, strain the left over ganache. Then, spread it out in a line layer on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Chill 30 minutes. Scrap off balls of the layer with a melon baller to form 14 truffles. Chill for 30 minutes to set the balls. Dip each ball in powered sugar.

7. To assemble, make the whipping cream. Chill a small bowl and your beaters. Put the cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in the bowl and whip until stiff. Fill a pastry bag with a star tip and pipe 14 stars on top of the ganache frosted cake. Place one truffle on top of each star. Chill for 5 minutes to set. Serve and enjoy:-)

Serves 14


Controlling My Chaos said...

Dang, that looks like chocolate overload. Nah, that would be an oxymoron.

Alicia said...

Susie!! Cheesecake is my all time weakness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!That looks so good! I just love looking at everything you make!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

OH MY GOSH indeed!!!!

Mrs. Blue said...

HolyMoly, you're killing me here with drool on the keyboard! Looks absolutely fabulous.

Therese said...

WOW! That's all I can say...WOW!

Hippie Family... said...

YUM YUM... now I want chocolate...

Jenners said...

Oh my gosh...this looks like heaven. I don't remember any calorie info that you provided (or just didn't want to see it) but I'm guessing it is in the 1500 range or something like that! Anything this good must be!

thanks for visiting my blog the other day!

Amy said...

OH I bet that is so rich! Mmmm :)

Tiffiney said...

I must eat now....wish I could pull this from the screen....I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! :)

Jen said...

Oh my gosh indeed. That is what I call heaven on a plate. When I saw the photo I was sold!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Excuse me while I wipe up the drool! That looks fantastic.

I have a little something for you at my blog!

Charlotte said...

That sounds fantastic! I'm not usually a huge cheesecake fan, but with that much chocolate it has to be good!

Michelle said...

Mmm... I'm drooling.

Kat said...

Wow! That looks gorgeous. I make cheesecake rarely. Because I am not a big fan. But yours is really pretty :-)

debi9kids said...

OMGosh is right! Mmmmmmm!
Oh Susie! I think i love you ;)

I am going to try making this tomorrow! LOVE cheesecake!!! (I'll let you know how it turns out!)

Karla said...

This looks AMAZING!!! Yummmm.....this is right up my alley! :)

Jennifer said...

Oh wow--that looks and sounds so good!! I love a choco-cheesecake!!

Lilly said...

Susie - that certainly is an 'oh my gosh' cake. Heaven in fact!!!

Teri said...

Seeing the world "chocolate" in a recipe always makes me turn my head. But THREE times and I am hooked!!! Yummy.

BrineS said...

That looks so YUMMY!

Deborah @ Comfort Joy Designs

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Hi! I am one of your teammates from the contributing writer team over at H2B@B. I just wanted to pop my head in and say hello. Your blog is new to me and I look forward to reading your contributions!


Happy New Year!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Thanks for linking this one up - so fabulous! Your blog looks really nice!

Kara said...

This looks just heavenly! Chocolate and cheesecake together is always a winning combo in my book!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Yummmm - I forgot about this one. So nice and rich!!

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