Sunday, January 20, 2013
Easy Chocolate Swirl Cheescake
Sometimes I want a cheesecake--not the get out the spring form pan, crush crackers, melt butter, zest lemons, soften 4 blocks of cream cheese kind. I don't need enough for a dinner party. I just need a small cheesecake for 2 to 4. This is my remedy for Cheese Cake Now!
It's easy, has all the components, tastes delicious and is easy. You will love it and did I say it was easy??
Purchase a graham cracker or chocolate crust from the supermarket. Yes, you could make your own but then it starts getting labor intensive and this recipe is about easy. Luckily I had a crust in my storage room just waiting for such an endeavor.
Here is the complete easy recipe:
Easy Chocolate Swirl Cheese Cake
Soften 2- 8 ounce packages of cream cheese (left over from holiday baking that didn't happen) by soften I mean put it in the microwave on the soften cream cheese setting--works like a charm.
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 ounces semi sweet chocolate-melted
Combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and sour cream in the bowl of a mixer and mix until there are no lumps. This will take a few minutes. Now add eggs one at a time and beat until just combined. Remove 1 cup of the cheesecake mixture and mix it with the chocolate. It's beautiful!
Pour 2/3 of the remaining cheesecake mixture in the graham cracker crust. Using a spoon put dollops of chocolate cheese cake randomly on the cheese cake. Cover with remaining cheese cake batter. Now get a butter knife and gently swirl the two mixtures together. Every swirlier will be different, each cake will be wonderful.
Put pie pan on a cookie sheet for stability. Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes. The most difficult part of this recipe is letting it cool for 4 hours. So if you want it for dinner make it early in the day, it's even better made the day before. Cheesecake ages beautifully.
Top with fresh fruit, whipped cream, chocolate shavings or ice cream. This recipe is meant to be enjoyed!