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A Bittersweet New York Style Cheesecake

06 Dec

This sinfully delicious dessert will make you the star of any special event!  Note: The crust was prepared with Oreo Cookies using a spring form pan. The recipe calls for a pre-packaged graham-cracker crust, but if you’re feeling adventurous – GO FOR IT & ENJOY!

INGREDIENTS

  • Prepared Graham-Cracker Crust
  • 3 Packages (8 ounces each) Cream Cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ¼ cup milk

Ganache

(Ganache is the richest of all chocolate frostings, it’s virtually a spreadable fudge.)

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of butter
  • 10 squares (10 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons brandy, orange or almond flavored liqueur (optional)

Topping

  • 1 cup of Bittersweet Toffee Company™ Toffee Bits

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INSTRUCTIONS

Cheesecake Filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  In a large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth and fluffy.  Beat in flour and vanilla until well combined.
  2. Reduce speed to low and beat in eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in milk just until blended.
  3. Pour batter into prepared crust.  Bake cake 55 to 60 minutes until set and 3 inches from center is slightly wet and cake is lightly golden and set.  Cool completely on wire rack.  Refrigerate overnight before serving.  Place cake on plate; garnish with ganache and bittersweet toffee bits.
  4. Note:  In an eight inch prepared pie pan.  This recipe will make two cheesecakes.

Ganache:

  1. In 2 quart saucepan, combine cream, sugar and butter and heat to boiling over medium-high heat; remove saucepan from heat.
  2. Add chocolate to cream mixture let set until melted.  Stir in vanilla and brandy or liqueur (optional) until smooth.  Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Pour ganache over cooled cheesecake.
  4. Sprinkle one cup Bittersweet Toffee Bits over ganache.  Refrigerate one – three hours before serving.

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