Leila's Beginner Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake
2 1/2 cgraham cracker crumbs (my correction)
2/3 cbutter, melted
4 pkg(8oz) cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsporange juice
2 tsporange zest
2squares (1 oz each) semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
·whipped cream, optional
1-1/3 csugar added to the filling
How to Make Leila's Beginner Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake
- turn oven on 350* early to have even temperature
lightly grease bottom and sides of 9 in. springform pan; set aside.
Using 2 long pieces of tinfoil cover bottom and sides of pan with it and press to make it fit tight.
- prepare all of your ingredients before making the cheese cake.
Have every thing you need on the counter to start with.
- graham cracker crust--mix together
2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 40 squares,
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup melted butter.
lightly grease the springform pan and add the crust mix. Using a small glass covered with seran spread the mix over the bottom and up about 1 in on the sides. press the glass against the sides and bottom to make it firm.
Bake at 350* 8-10 min or until set.
Remove and let cool.
In a mixer bowl place the 4 pkg's cream cheese, softened, Beat cream cheese until smooth, add sugar; beat for 1 min. add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. add orange juice and zest; beat on medium for 1-2 min
Set aside 3/4 cup and pour the remaining filling into pan.
- Chocolate swirls
with the melted chocolate add the 3/4 cup of filling you had set aside. mix well and drop by spoon fulls on top of the filling and using a knife make swirls. Don't over do it as will mix to much.
- Place pan in a large baking pan that is almost the same height. Fill with hot water to a depth of 1 in.
Bake at 350* 45 min or until center is jiggely.
Remove from oven; cool for 10 min. Carefully run knife around edge to loosen;
- Cool for 1 hour. Remove foil.
Refrigerate 3-4 hours or overnight
Remove sides of pan and enjoy.