Monday, 23 December 2013

Chocolate Coconut 
Truffle Cheesecake


This year I am going the elegant route of baking and serving desserts.

In the past I had many people to bring treats too, so I baked many many varieties of cookies.

They can be pretty time consuming and take a great deal of patience, something I don't seem to want to do this year.
So,
I have been making... I hope you'll agree..
gorgeous desserts to tempt anyone's palate this month.
In doing so, I have noticed that I or you would be just as happy to have a piece of  fabulous dessert instead of 4 or 5 cookies which may actually surpass the sugar and calorie count of a nice piece of 
1 showstopping sweet
so,
I hope you enjoy my dense and sinful

Chocolate Coconut
Truffle Cheesecake
it is dense and rich
only a small piece is needed.
This recipe makes one large cheesecake or 2 smaller ones for giving 

Crust and Topping:
400g crushed coconut cookies
1/2 cup melted shortening or butter

Filling: 
3 250g pkgs room temp. cream cheese
300ml can chocolate condensed milk
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp brandy extract
1 tsp coconut extract
1 lg egg

Mix the crust ingredients together and press into the bottom of a greased and parchment paper lined false bottom or spring form pan, reserving 1/4 cup for the topping. 
Add a dot of shortening between the parchment and pan to allow it to "stick" to the pan.
Press down firmly with the bottom of a glass. 
*If the crumbs stick, dip the bottom in sugar*

Place milk, cocoa, extracts and cream cheese into a mixer or food processor.
Mix for 5 min to remove any lumps.
Add egg and continue mixing only for 1 min until egg is incorporated.


Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and sprinkle remaining crumbs around the perimeter

  Place in a preheated 325F oven with a Bain Marie*.
Bake for 1 hr.
Allow to cool and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days, covered with plastic wrap. 
This is a tart mold. Experiment with the sizes you'd like to make

*Bain Marie: place a small oven proof dish/pot into the oven filled 3/4 with water. This will add steam to the oven preventing the cheesecake from cracking.* 

Enjoy with love! 

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