leila's beginner chocolate swirl cheesecake

★★★★★ 1 Review
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By Leila Rockwell
from Sublimity, OR

Since this is my first cheesecake I decided to use a chocolate crumb crust and followed the recipe up to the baking process which said 75-80 min. I thought that was to long so baked it 55 min instead but it got over done on the top. So here is my recipe and with some corrections. First I would use graham cracker crust and second leave in oven only 45 min.

★★★★★ 1 Review
serves 12-14
prep time 2 Hr
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For leila's beginner chocolate swirl cheesecake

  • 2 1/2 c
    graham cracker crumbs (my correction)
  • 1/4 c
    sugar
  • 2/3 c
    butter, melted
  • FILLING
  • 4 pkg
    (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 4
    eggs--lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp
    orange juice
  • 2 tsp
    orange zest
  • 2
    squares (1 oz each) semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • whipped cream, optional
  • 1-1/3 c
    sugar added to the filling
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How To Make leila's beginner chocolate swirl cheesecake

  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    prepare all of your ingredients before making the cheese cake. Have every thing you need on the counter to start with.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    Filling: 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.
  • 5
    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.
  • 6
    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;
  • 7
    Cool for 1 hour. Remove foil. Refrigerate 3-4 hours or overnight Remove sides of pan and enjoy.
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