Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Two-Tone Cheesecake (Treats For Co- Irkers)

Twoday, Twosday the 22nd, is my two year blogiversary. How appropriate that I would make a two-tone cheesecake. If this freaks you out a bit, just be happy that my blogiversary didn't fall on the 66th of June. Think about it.

I have been making this cheesecake for years. I found this delicious torment of a cheesecake in a Taste of Home magazine and the author, Cindi Paulson, actually won Grand Champion at the 2002 Alaska State Fair for this recipe. It is absolutely THE best cheesecake recipe and I receive an abundance of complements whenever I make it. My daughter has dubbed it "two-ton" cheesecake because that's what we all weigh after we finish eating it. There's absolutely nothing healthy about it, which is why I sent it into work with hubby as a treat for the co-irkers. It's their turn to weigh two tons.

For the record, Cindi is also the creator of the peanut butter cream cheese pie recipe that I have posted on my site. She won a Nestle Toll House contest for that one. This gal can bake!

I have made a couple of adaptations because food bloggers are notoriously anal about adding or changing an ingredient in a recipe so they can "make it their own." I added in the vanilla because I simply cannot imagine any baked dessert without it and I subbed a couple of ounces of bittersweet chocolate for an equal amount of semi-sweet. This time around I used the chocolate graham crackers that are called for in the original recipe, but I've also used crushed Oreo cookies, regular graham cracker crumbs, and even leftover brownies for the crust.

Two Tone Cheesecake (adapted from Taste of Home)

Crust:

1-1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (this was one package for me)
6 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling:

4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
1-3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla
4 ounces semisweet chocolate
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate

Chocolate ganache topping:

4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a bowl, combine cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 10" springform pan. Place pan on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

In a double boiler, gently melt 4 ounces semisweet chocolate and 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate. Let cool slightly.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Gradually beat in cream. Add eggs and vanilla; beat on low speed just until combined.

Remove 3-1/2 cups to a medium sized bowl; gently stir in melted chocolate. Pour over crust.

Carefully pour remaining filling over chocolate layer. Return to baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 65-75 minutes or until center is almost set.

Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; then let cheesecake cool completely before covering with plastic wrap and refrigerating overnight.

The following day, place chopped chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool slightly; pour over cheesecake. Refrigerate until the ganache has firmed. Remove sides of pan and cut to serve. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings. (Trust me, you'll get closer to 18-20 servings from this cheesecake. That's how rich and decadent it is.)

37 comments:

Mary said...

Happy, happy anniversary. That is a real milestone. I love the two-tone cake to celebrate the day. I except you to report for duty for many years to come. I hope you are having a great day. Hugs and blessings...Mary

Pam said...

Happy blogiversary!!!! Lovely, lovely cheesecake. Bake one for me please.

Julie said...

Happy Anniversary! Two years is quite an accomplishment. We've talked before about the dedication it takes to be a blogger.

This look amazingly yummy! I love cheesecakes but think I have yet to post one. So many recipes so little time.

Debbie said...

Happy 2 year anniversary to your blog! The cheesecake looks out of this world!!! I love the two layers...so pretty. I'd love to try this!

Frieda said...

Mags, you've done it again! Happy Blogiversary and here's to many more!

Pookie and Pierre said...

Congratulations! Two years! That's wonderful. And yum, that looks good. I need to learn how to make a cheesecake...

June said...

Happy blogiversary Mags. What a tremendous achievement it is! Two years is amazing and the best part - you're still having fun and supplying us with great ideas and fabulous recipes. Thanks my friend. You'z da' best!

Sue Sparks said...

Happy 2nd Anniversary! I love the overhead shot of the cheesecake...My, oh my it looks beautiful and delicious!
What very lucky Co-Irkers!

Megan said...

Happy Blogiversary! Got any leftover cheesecake? I could so go for a huge hunk of that right now! It looks incredible.

Moogie said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!

I am really impressed with the cheesecake..... super great job.

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

Looks sinful -- would have been sinful if it were June 66 :-p

Happy Blog Anniversary!

Co Irker said...

Happy Anniversary to you!

May you have many more - especially if you're gonna churn out such treats!

Dear lord, woman, it was so rich and good. It sounded like an orgy in the office - everyone groaning how good it is. And then groaning how they couldn't eat another bite - but doing it anyway.

Thank you so much our cheerful, cherished, cheesecake making cherub.

TGIT

Haden News said...

Happy Blogiversary!! Wow your Cheesecake looks delicious!!! Those lucky co-irkers!

Karen said...

Great dessert to celebrate your 2nd! I love the idea of using brownies for the crust. It's a beautiful cheesecake and I'm sure it's just wonderful!

Laurie said...

Happy Blogiversary, Mags!! That is quite a feat! :) I'm going on 10 months with my blog ... 2 years shows just how dedicated you are! This cheesecake looks amazing. You can definitely cook m'dear and take some pretty awesome pics of your creations too. I'm definitely making this one ... and soon! Thanks.

Memória said...

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!!! This cheesecake looks amazing!! It looks kind of like my chocolate mousse cheesecake. YUM!! I bet it is amazing! Congrats!

delicieux said...

Happy anniversary!!

The cheesecake looks delicious.

See Me Everywhere said...

Wow, okay I thought I was amazing at doing cheesecakes...but this looks AMAZING!!!! I will definnitely be baking this one next :) Thanks for sharing!

x

Barbara Bakes said...

Glad to hear this tastes as fabulous as it looks. Definitely a show stopper.

cheesecake said...

Wow, two years, that's a long time you're a pro now, lol! Congratulations! And you're right, two tone cheesecake is definitely fitting for this occasion. That cheesecake looks amazing, I will surely try this one. I just hope mine will turn out as pretty as yours, lol!

Hanaâ said...

Happy blogiversary!!! And many more! Wow, that cheesecake looks rich and delicious. I think I gained a couple pounds just by looking at it! What a great dessert for a blog birthday :o)

Jane said...

Congrats on that milestone, Mags!
May you have many more years of blogging. I think you SHOULD add another layer to that cheesecake every year, one by one as they come, and post about it! You'll need a custom-made, super-tall springform pan, though! Hah! ;)

Really, Mags, this cheesecake couldn't be more irresistible. All of the flavors I adore. "Two ton" is a good name for it, yes! It just sounds like a heavenly recipe, beautifully executed. I love knowing that someone has made a particularly great recipe repeatedly, as you said you've done with this one. That's like an iron-clad guarantee it'll be delicious, as far as I'm concerned, and makes me much more likely to try it.
:) Jane

Deeba PAB said...

What a precious milestone Mag, and what an absolute stunning creation to celebrate it with! WOW!! That two-tone cheesecake is gorgeous!

Mary said...

Happy Anniversary!

That is one beautiful cheesecake! Oh my!

xxMK
Delightful Bitefuls

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Happy Blogiversary. I think that is the most luscious and tempting cheesecake I've ever seen. I wish I could say I'm planning to make it right away but I know I'd eat the whole thing!

Amanda said...

O M G

This looks positively sinful! Beautiful!

Happy blogoversary to you!

Joanne said...

Happy blogiversary! Two years is quite an accomplishment. Love the two toned cake idea!

Kat said...

Gosh, that looks so good. Happy blogiversary to you!

Ms. Meanie said...

Ohmygoodness. So many delicious looking posts I have to catch up on. This cheese cake looks so unbelievably rich and creamy and holy moly that photo is fantastic. Looks like it should be on a magazine cover! Happy (belated) bday to your blog btw!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Lovely! And, congrats on 2 great years of blogging!

Jason's BBQ Adventures said...

That cheesecake looks absolutely amazing!

cinder said...

Happy anniversary! I'm so glad you enjoyed my cheesecake recipe. Cindi

Mags said...

Did you see that folks? The original author of this fabulous recipe commented here on my tiny little blog. Thanks Cindi. I LOVE this cheesecake.

Megan said...

OMGosh Mags, this looks delicious! Not only is it being Stumbled, but put on that ever growing *Must Try* list. It's bumped up to the top tho. ;0
How evciting that Cindi found you. Iknow you did her proud because that's one beaut!
Happy Happy Blogiversary!

Suzanne aka vivisue said...

Wow! Congrats on your anniversary and what a way to celebrate. I think I'lll just have to make this and eat it in your honor. Although mine will never look - or taste - as good as if you had made it! YUM!!!!

Michelle said...

WOW and WOW! What a show stopping dessert!

Amanda said...

This is amazing looking! I just bookmarked this, yum!