Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake
This luscious chocolate cheesecake looks and tastes sensational, yet is surprisingly easy to make.
Base 250g plain, sweet biscuits 70g butter, melted 50g dark chocolate, melted
150g dark chocolate, melted 500g cream cheese, softened ¾ cup Chelsea Caster Sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp cocoa powder 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup sour cream
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries ²⁄³ cup Chelsea Caster Sugar 1 Tbsp lemon juice Pomegranate arils, to decorate (optional) Whipped cream, to serve
Preheat oven to 160˚C bake. Grease a 19-21cm springform tin and line the base with baking paper.
Using a food processor or rolling pin, crush the biscuits into fine crumbs. Mix in the butter and chocolate. Press firmly into the base of the prepared tin. Refrigerate while you make the filling.
In a food processor or large bowl, beat together the melted chocolate, cream cheese and Chelsea Caster
Sugar. Beat in the eggs. Add the cocoa, vanilla and sour cream and mix well. Spoon the mixture evenly onto the biscuit base. Bake for 1 hour, until puffed and just set in the centre. Leave in the oven with the door ajar and the heat turned off for 1 hour. Place in the fridge to chill until ready to serve (at least 3 hours). Decorate with pomegranate arils and serve with raspberry sauce and whipped cream.
Combine the raspberries and Chelsea Caster Sugar in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 6-8 minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly. Stir in the lemon juice. Refrigerate sauce for up to one week.