Delectable Chocolate & Mint Cheesecake

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There are very few people who don’t like cheesecake and even fewer who would say no to chocolate. And when both are combined, it leads to a veritable taste of heaven. This cheesecake dessert is the perfect balance of dark chocolate and luscious cream cheese laced with refreshing mint.

Chocolate & mint cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 185g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (25g) good-quality cocoa, sifted
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour, sifted
  • 50g dark chocolate, melted, cooled

Mint topping

  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar
  • 1 bunch mint, leaves picked
  • 250g cream cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (see note)
  • 100ml thickened cream
  • 2-3 drops green food coloring

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 160°C and grease and line a 20cm square loose-bottomed cake pan with baking paper. Place butter, cocoa, sugar, eggs and flour in a bowl and mix well to combine.
  • Press firmly into the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes or until set. Allow to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, for the mint topping, place sugar, mint and 1/2 cup (125ml) water in a saucepan over low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium and simmer for 3 minutes, then set aside to cool completely. Strain the sugar syrup into a jug, discarding the solids.
  • Place the cream cheese in a food processor and whiz for a few seconds to soften. Add cooled sugar syrup, eggs, peppermint extract, cream and food coloring and process until smooth.
  • Pour the cheesecake mixture into cake pan then tightly wrap the base of the pan with foil to make it watertight. Place the cheesecake in a deep baking dish and fill with enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the cake pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until topping is just set – the cake may have a slight wobble but it will firm on cooling. Remove from the oven and cool completely, then chill for 2 hours or until firm. Cut cheesecake into slices, drizzle over with cooled melted mint and serve.

Source: taste.com.au

 

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