Layered Chocolate Cheesecake
Stripes. Layers. Gradations. Stratification. Any way you say it, I’m delighted by the effect.
As cheesecakes go, this one is a bit of a show-stopper. Not only is it quite decadent and tasty, but its appearance is uniquely impressive. While it takes a little bit longer to make (and dirties up a few more dishes)(grr) than your typical cheesecake, the layers aren’t difficult to accomplish and come out looking clean and pretty. Next time, I’d like to make them a bit more uniform in height–practice makes perfect(ish)!
Striped Chocolate Cheesecake
- 24 whole Oreo cookies, blitzed into crumbs (about 1-1/2 cups worth)
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups (12 ounces) dark chocolate chips (semi-sweet will suffice in a pinch)
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
First, prepare the crust. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Add the melted butter to the cookie crumbs and blend with a fork until well combined.
Place the ground crumb mixture into a 9-inch springform pan and press onto the bottom and a little ways up the sides evenly. Try to make the crust between 1/8- and 1/4-inch evenly all around.
Bake for about 8 minutes, just to give it a little time to bond.
To make the cheesecake, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese for a few minutes at medium speed, then gradually add the sugar and beat hard until smooth. Scrape the bowl well and scrape often–this is how you prevent chunks of cream cheese in your batter.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
Add in the 1/4 cup heavy cream, vanilla, and salt, beating until well-blended; set aside.
Place the chocolate chips and 1/4 cup heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 50% power for 1-1/2 minutes; stir. If necessary, continue to microwave at 50% power for an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolate is melted and completely smooth when stirred.
Gradually blend 1-1/2 cups cheesecake batter into the melted chocolate. Spread 2 cups of this chocolate mixture onto the prepared crust.
Blend additional 2 cups of the plain cheesecake batter into the remaining chocolate mixture; spread 2 cups of this mixture over first layer in the springform pan.
Stir what’s left of the cheesecake batter into what’s left of the chocolate mixture; spread over second layer. Smooth the top.
Wrap the pan in three layers of aluminum foil and set it into a larger pan that you can fill with water such that the water comes about halfway up the side of the springform pan. The water bath is key, folks.
Bake the beauty in the water bath for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the center is almost set.
Turn off the oven and step away. Let the cheesecake cool in the oven for at least an hour, then remove it from the oven to wire rack. With knife, immediately loosen cake from side of pan. Cool to room temperature.
Chill the finished cheesecake for a good long while, overnight being ideal. You can get 8-16 servings out of this, depending on how much you and your guests like delicious and attractive chocolate cheesecake.