So to be honest, we were actually celebrating the hubby’s birthday however it was a great excuse to bake a Cheesecake. I have always loved baking and my ultimate dream job would be to own a small bakery where people stop, have a cup of coffee and enjoy the treat of the day. At Thanksgiving it would be the “place to go” for the ultimate Pumpkin Cheesecake.
Enough with the dreaming, let’s get back to the story at hand. My husband loves chocolate so turning to trusty Pinterest, I found this recipe from The Baker Upstairs; appropriately named “Death by Chocolate Cheesecake”. You can check the recipe out here: http://www.thebakerupstairs.com/2013/09/death-by-chocolate-cheesecake.html?m=1
While it is called “Death by Chocolate”, it could be called “A Bite of Chocolate Heaven”. I made the crust using chocolate graham crackers, the creamy filling was made using melted chocolate chips, and all of this decadence was topped off with a rich chocolate topping that was just the right finish to this wonderful dessert.
When I talk to people about making cheesecakes, they always seem a little intimidated by doing so. They are actually not that hard to put together; in my opinion the hardest part is just how time consuming they are. Although this particular cheesecake did have its one challenge. Now I consider myself a semi-experienced cheesecake baker so when you make that beginner mistake, it can be quite embarrassing (and oh my mother-in-law was watching-double embarrassment)! So my tip of the day, make sure when you are using your Kitchen Aide and mixing the cream cheese filling that you stop the mixer before adding the cocoa powder; because believe me that cocoa powder will go everywhere and you will spend at least an hour cleaning up cocoa powder from the ceiling, the walls, the cabinet, the counter tops and the floor!!
I didn’t get any pictures of this wonderful creation and will need to make sure to do so the next time I create one.
Now go find a reason to celebrate!