Sunday, December 6, 2009

Chocolate Cheesecake - Sweet Melissa Sunday's

I love cheesecake! Cheesecake is one of my signature desserts. My friends and family have always said they are good enough to sell. I always bake those cheesecake recipes that are my favorites. Trying a new one isn't something I do very often. So true to form, this week's Sweet Melissa Sunday's has helped me to think outside the box. (Does any one say that anymore or was that a 90's term?) It also occurred to me, I haven't blogged about cheesecake before so I blogging is challenging me to try recipes I wouldn't normally try.

I did make quite a few changes to this recipe. If possible, I try to use the ingredients I have on hand rather than buying them. I used almonds instead of hazelnuts in the crust. I didn't use any expresso powder, I thought I had some instant coffee but didn't seem to find it. Also, in reading how rich this is, I decided we didn't need a whole cheescake. I cut the recipe in half and used a 4" mini cheesecake pan. However filling made enough for two 4" cheesecake pans. Wouldn't that be an 8" pan? Interesting! Anyway, since there was only one crust, I poured the extra filling into some custard cups. I'm anxious to see how they turn out. I decided not to make the glaze and just dust with powdered sugar.

When I checked the cheesecake at the end of the baking time, it didn't seem to have the same "crust" all of my other cheesecakes have. I hope it is done.

Thanks to Shandy of Pastry Heaven by Shandy for choosing this week's recipe. You can find the links to all of the other Sweet Melissa Sunday's bakers here!

The Sweet Melissa Sunday's bakers are taking a break until January. Check back to see January's delicious creations. In the meantime, Happy Holidays to all of my fellow Sweet Melissa Sunday's bakers!!


  1. Did you use a xmas tree stencil there? It's so cute! Great looking cheesecake!

  2. Love the tree on the cheesecake! It looks delicious! My cheesecake looked very shiny when I took it out and I was concerned it might not be done, but it was. :)

  3. What an adorable little cheesecake! I love the powdered sugar topping and cute outline of a christmas tree. Thank you for baking along with me this week and stopping by. Merry Christmas!

  4. The xmas tree is so cute!

    By the way, a 4 in springform means that its diameter is 4 inches and the 8in one has a diameter of 8inches. But its volume (assuming that they have the same height) are 4x different. Therefore by cutting the recipe in half, you should have ended up with 2 4" cheesecakes!

  5. Very nice looking cheesecake! I like the powdered sugar idea too! I will miss you the rest of Dec. but look fwd to see what Jan. brings for SMS recipes!

  6. So cute - I love the little Christmas tree on top of the cheesecake :) The powdered sugar was a nice touch!


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