Dark Chocolate Cheesecake with Warm Two Cherry Compote

Posted February 13th, 2011 in Desserts, Recipe

Recipe for Dark Chocolate Cheesecake with Warm Two Cherry Compote:

Serves 12     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Crust:

2 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs

1 stick of butter, melted

Mix together and press into the bottom of a 10-inch spring form pan.  Bake at 350degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let cool while making cheesecake. (tip: put a cookie sheet under on the rack below the pan to catch any melted butter that might drip out)

Cheesecake :

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate

2 pounds cream cheese, cut into cubes

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

3 whole eggs

2 eggs, separated

¼ cup crème de cacao

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over a pan of gently simmering water.  Put the cream cheese in the bowl of a food processor and process to soften.  Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the sugar and process again until the cream cheese is very smooth. With the machine running, add the melted chocolate through the feeder tube. Again, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the whole eggs and 2 yolks. Process to mix. Add the crème de cacao, cinnamon and vanilla and process to mix. Pour the batter into a bowl. Whip the egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter in the bowl. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake in the oven for 1 hour, or until the cake appears set when you gently jiggle the pan. Remove the cake from the oven, let it cool for 10 minutes, and then put it in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours.

Two Cherry Compote:

1 can Oregon Fruit Dark Sweet Cherries, drained reserve juice

1 can Oregon Fruit Red Tart Cherries, drained

2 Tbs. Cornstarch

¼ cup sugar

½ cup brandy

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup heavy whipping cream

In a medium saucepan, combine the reserved juice with brandy,cornstarch, and sugar whisking together.  Heat and stir to boiling until thickened and clear, continue whisking occasionally.  Remove from heat and gently mix in both cherries. Whip the cream to soft peaks. Cut the cheesecake into slices. Serve with a few spoonfuls of warm compote over cheesecake with a nice dollop whipped cream.

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