9 Jun 2014

Chocolate Cheesecake - a Guest Post by Anu | Easy No Bake Recipes

Today I am happy to have Anu from Anu's Kitchendelights! I love Anu's blog, the recipes that she posts are so awesome! So much of variety, she covers every area! Of course I love to go through her baked goodies, I have book marked many to try them out!


I'm really glad she agreed to do a guest post for me and I was eagerly waiting to see what she will come up with and I was so excited when she sent me a cheesecake and that too a chocolate one! For all the cakes I bake, I have never made a cheesecake! That's because I tasted a baked cheesecake somewhere and I did not like it! At all! And after that experience I have never dared to bake a cheesecake. 
After seeing Anu's recipe, I think I have to change my opinion and maybe try one!!




If you haven't already visited Anu's space do visit Anu's Kitchendelights for some amazing dishes!

Thank you Anu for agreeing to do this post for me!




I am really happy to do a guest post for one of my fellow blogger and friend, Beulah of Full Scoops. She is one of the supporter of my space and passes her comments in her best manner and  keeps inspiring. When she asked me to do a guest post i was really surprised and happy and so readily accepted. I asked her suggestion for the type of dish, and when she gave the choice of either baking or dessert, it was easy for me to go into cheesecakes. As she have a wonderful collection of desserts and cheesecake recipes I had to select something different that do justice to her blog. Her baking recipes are drooling and they have a professional touch that has inspired me.  




When I decided to go in for chocolate cheese cake, I should admit that I was keeping my fingers crossed thinking about how it would turn out.  Though I have already tried out cheese cakes, they were in very small short glasses just enough for 3 of us and this is the first time I'm making a cheese cake in bit more volume using a spring from pan. Fortunately it turned out well in-spite of hot and humid temperature here. I kept my recipe simple with my own proportions and adjustments.
They were creamy and chocolaty and perfect to foil in your mouth in no time. Luckily lighting was perfect here and i enjoyed taking my clicks which went up to 100 giving the food writer and food photographer in me great creative delights.  




Chocolate Cheese cake Recipe - Ingredients:
Preparation time: 8 hrs (including setting) | Cooking time: 30 mins | Recipe cuisine: World | Category: Dessert
                                                                                                                                For the Base:

  • Crushed Biscuits - 1 cup (digestive or crackers)
  • Butter - 4 tbsp
  • Coco powder - 2 tbsp (omit if using chocolate biscuits)
  • Powdered sugar - 2 tbsp
  • For the Cheese cake:
  • Cream Cheese - 1 cup
  • Heavy cream   - 1 cup
  • Sugar -    1 cup ( powdered)
  • Semi sweet/ Dark Chocolate - 1 cup + 1 tbsp butter
  • Agar Agar - 3 tbsp
  • Water - 1/2 cup

For Topping:

  • Chocolate shavings - 2-3 tbsp
  • Cherries - few to decorate
  • Whipped/ heavy cream - 1 scoop




Method:
To prepare base:
1. Crush the biscuits to a fine powder in a mixer. In a bowl mix the powdered biscuits, coco powder, sugar and melted butter and mix with your finger tips until it resembles bread crumbs and butter is well incorporated.



2. Press this mixture over the base of a 8’ inch spring form pan or any tin with detachable base.



3. Refrigerate the base for about 1 hr. Meanwhile you can prepare the cheese filling.

To prepare Cheesecake:
1. Take the agar agar and soak it in 1/2 cup hot water for 10 mins.
2. In a bowl beat the cream cheese, heavy cream and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.



3. Melt the chocolate with butter using a double boiler method. Allow it to cool slightly and slowly stir in to the cheese mixture and mix well.



4. Place the china grass along with the water and allow it to melt stirring all the while on low flame. (Alternatively you can also microwave along with the water for 2 mins on med high). Once it melts completely pour it over the chocolate cheese mixture and stir well without any lumps.



5. Immediately pour the chocolate cheese mixture over the prepared biscuit crust. 
6. Cover and allow it to set in the refrigerator for 4 hrs or overnight.

Take it out and decorate with chocolate shavings and top it up with cherries and whipped cream.
Dig into these yummy treat.



Notes
1. Allow the agar agar to melt completely and add while it is still hot itself. You can also strain and add to avoid lumps.
2. If desired you can add another layer to this cheese cake with chocolate ganache or just simply melt milk chocolate and pour over it.
 
3. If you prefer using gelatin, use 1 tbsp of gelatin mixed in 4 tbsp of water. Mix it and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then heat it in a microwave for 30 seconds. Allow to cool completely and then use.



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23 comments:

  1. Delicious cheesecake, looks so yummy!!!!

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  2. oh this looks truly delicious..superb...texture and clicks....beautiful and pleasant guest post

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  3. Very tempting!!! Wish I could have a slice!! Its def double delicious with more ganache:)))

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  4. that cheese cake looks absolutely sinful... would love to try this in individual servings sometime for sure... :)

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  5. SUPER YUMMY !!! Kept craving for this as soon as I saw the pic and finally had to settle for a Cadbury to stop drooling ;)

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  6. YUMMY CHEESECAKE...CAN I USE GELATIN INSTED OF AGAR AGAR...COULD U PLZ GIVE THE PROPORTIONS??

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    1. Use 1 tbsp gelatin mixed in 4 tbsps of water. I have updated the recipe with measures of gelatin and how to use it. Do check.

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  7. I'm nrw to baking... Can u pls tel me wats cream cheese

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    1. Cream cheese nothing but cheese made from milk and cream. You get it in all super markets. If you can get Philadelphia cream cheese, that's the best. If not, Britannia cream cheese is good.

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  8. Delicious cheesecake....... Looks super yummm!

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  9. Thank you beulah for posting it...thanks for the wonderful complements too.

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  10. Delicious chocolate cheese cake, lovely guest post Beluah & anu.

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    1. Hii all was a lil confused as in what is heavy cream r u talking abt whipping cream or amul tetra packed cream

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    2. Heavy cream is whipping cream.

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  11. It looks yummy and simple, wat is Agar Agar?

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    1. Agar agar is a setting agent. It's the vegetarian equivalent of gelatin.

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  12. Hi.. when I was adding the chocolate to the cheesecake mixture my chocolate seized why is that.. I used morde dark chocolate compound..

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    1. The chocolate is mixed with butter, it's not supposed to seize.

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