Posted by AnonymousA chocoholic's dream. Something for a very special occasion.
Heavenly Chipped Chocolate and Hazelnut Cheesecake
- 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs 3/4 cup hazelnuts - toasted, skinned and coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons white sugar 3 tablespoons butter, melted 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 cup white sugar 3 eggs, lightly beaten 3 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips 13 skinned, toasted hazelnuts 4 tablespoons sour cream 1 tablespoon hazelnut liqueur
1 Using a blender or a food processor, finely chop 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips. Place in a small mixing bowl. Add vanilla wafer crumbs, ground hazelnuts, 2 tablespoons white sugar, and melted butter or margarine. Mix until well combined. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake in a preheated 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) oven for 15 minutes. Cool.
2 In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add 1 cup white sugar; mix well. Add the eggs and 3 tablespoons liqueur. Mix until well blended. Coarsely chop 1 cup of the semisweet chocolate chips, and add to the cream cheese mixture. Stir. Pour batter into the cooled crust.
3 Bake at in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 1 hour. Let cake cool for 1 hour. Remove outer ring from pan. Then let cool completely.
4 Melt 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips over hot (not boiling) water. Stir until smooth. Dip 13 hazelnuts into the chocolate, covering one-half of each nut. Shake off the excess chocolate. Place on a waxed-paper lined plate. Chill until set.
5 To the remaining melted chocolate, add sour cream. Mix well. Stir in 1 tablespoon liqueur. Spread glaze on top of the cooled cheesecake. Garnish with chocolate dipped hazelnuts.