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Black Forest Cheesecake Symphony

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Black Forest Cheesecake Symphony

Introduction

Imagine combining the rich flavors of Black Forest cake and creamy cheesecake into a single dessert that’s guaranteed to impress. This Black Forest Cheesecake Symphony harmonizes the sweetness of chocolate and cherries with the tang of cheesecake, creating a decadent treat that’s perfect for special occasions or indulging your sweet tooth. I can’t wait for you to experience this delightful blend of flavors!

Ingredients

The Oreo Crust:

  • 24 Oreo cookies, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup cherry pie filling

The Ganache Topping:

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

For Garnish:

  • Fresh raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Chocolate shavings

How to Make It

1 – Make the Oreo Crust

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Mix the crushed Oreo cookies and melted butter in a bowl until well combined.
  3. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan to form an even crust. Set aside.

2 – Prepare the Cheesecake Filling

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth.
  2. Add the sour cream, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract, and mix well.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, ensuring each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next.
  4. Fold in the cherry pie filling gently.
  5. Pour the filling over the Oreo crust and smooth the surface.

3 – Bake the Cheesecake

  1. Bake the cheesecake for 50-55 minutes or until it is set but still has a slight jiggle in the center.
  2. Allow the cheesecake to cool completely on a wire rack before transferring it to the refrigerator.

4 – Prepare the Ganache Topping

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream until it’s simmering, but not boiling.
  2. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Let it sit for a minute, then stir until smooth and glossy.
  3. Pour the ganache over the cooled cheesecake and spread evenly.

5 – Chill and Garnish

  1. Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours, or overnight, to allow it to set.
  2. Before serving, garnish the cheesecake with fresh raspberries, blackberries, and chocolate shavings.

Helpful Tips

  • Prevent Cracks: To avoid cracks in your cheesecake, place a pan of hot water on the rack beneath the cheesecake while baking to create a humid environment.
  • Easy Removal: Line the bottom of the springform pan with parchment paper to ensure easy removal of the cheesecake after chilling.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Crust Alternatives: Substitute the Oreo crust with graham crackers or chocolate wafer cookies for a different flavor.
  • Fruit Options: Swap cherry pie filling for raspberry or blueberry filling for a twist on the classic flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store the cheesecake?

Store the cheesecake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can I freeze the cheesecake?

Yes, you can freeze the cheesecake for up to 3 months. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing. Thaw it in the refrigerator before serving.

Do I have to use a springform pan?

A springform pan is recommended for easy removal, but you can use a regular pan lined with parchment paper if you don’t have one.

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Black Forest Cheesecake Symphony

Black Forest Cheesecake Symphony


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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Description

The Black Forest Cheesecake Symphony is a decadent fusion of a traditional Black Forest cake and a rich, creamy cheesecake. Featuring a chocolate Oreo crust, a luscious chocolate-cherry cheesecake filling, and a smooth ganache topping, it’s garnished with fresh berries and chocolate shavings for a truly indulgent treat.


Ingredients

Scale

For the Oreo Crust:

  • 24 Oreo cookies, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup cherry pie filling

For the Ganache Topping:

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

For Garnish:

  • Fresh raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Chocolate shavings

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Make the Crust: In a bowl, combine the crushed Oreos and melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan to create the crust.
  3. Prepare the Filling: Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Add the sour cream, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract, mixing well. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then gently fold in the cherry pie filling.
  4. Bake the Cheesecake: Pour the filling over the crust and bake for 50-55 minutes, until the cheesecake is set but still jiggles in the center. Let it cool completely.
  5. Make the Ganache: Heat the heavy cream until simmering and pour it over the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Let it sit for a minute before stirring until smooth. Pour the ganache over the cooled cheesecake and spread evenly.
  6. Chill and Garnish: Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Garnish with fresh raspberries, blackberries, and chocolate shavings before serving.

Notes

  • Crust Tips: For a firmer crust, pre-bake the Oreo crust for 8-10 minutes before adding the filling.
  • Chill Time: Be sure to allow enough chill time for the cheesecake to set properly before serving.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 420
  • Sugar: 24g
  • Sodium: 220mg
  • Fat: 27g
  • Saturated Fat: 14g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9g
  • Trans Fat: 0.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 105mg

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