Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Birthday Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

This weekend I celebrated a birthday and since it was my weekend I got to choose what to make for the dessert. I've honest to God had this recipe bookmarked for a year and a half. It's been on my radar for even longer. I even went so far as to put the link to this recipe on our shared Google calendar on my birth date so no one would forget. With this amazingness, you'll never forget. Chocolate mouse, ganache cheesecake 2012. Never forget.

I won't list the whole recipe out here. That wouldn't be fair to the original blogger. Please please go check out this site: http://www.mangiodasola.com/2010/02/chocolate-mousse-cheesecake.html.

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

This was my birthday dream. You can see the photo that lured me in. Gorgeous! My other dream was that I could eat it all and not gain a pound. Doesn't every girl?!

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

There are 4 large sections to make this cheesecake.
1. crust - with oreos
2. cheesecake layer - plain
3. chocolate mouse
4. chocolate ganache

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

I made the crust. It came out well. I was proud. It was a great start to the cheesecake day. Oh speaking of the author recommends making this on 2 days. Day 1 make the crust and cheesecake, and day 2 make the mouse and ganache. The reason? In between steps 2 & 3 you need to let it sit 4 hours to overnight. I couldn't wait so I let it sit about 4 hours then got right back to work. In fact I started cooking step 3 about 30 mins before 4 hours so I'd be ready.

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

In order to be a good cheesecake chef. Chef. You need to cook it in a water bath in the oven. Problem? We didn't have a roasting pan, or in a panic I though we didn't have any pan big enough. I'm a smart Robin since I realized we could use a large, round, oven proof saute pan. Still proud of my ingenious I succesfully cooked the cheesecake. Not even a single crack.

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

After sitting in the open oven for another hour, now is where you have to let it cool down, then sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours. This was the hardest part of the recipe! Really. Luckily I started cooking around 8 or 9am so there was still plenty of time left in the day for eating cheesecake. Luckily, or I would have stayed up all night preparing this thing.

We happened to get some chocolate as a birthday gift so I used that for the ganache topping. We picked up some semi sweet chocolate for the mouse layer.

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla


chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

Here are some more shots of ingredients. I used my my homemade vanilla extract. See those vanilla bean pods still in the liquid? It's still aging! We added espresso powder any chance we got. It's always an optional ingredient, but not for us! I love the way it brings out the chocolate flavor adding a slight coffee taste. Highlighted best in the ganache layer.

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

The 3rd layer is the chocolate mouse layer. This part reminds me of the book where the American is living in France and (typically American) paranoid about eating raw eggs. She makes a similar mouse recipe with raw egg whites and yokes. All her French in laws tell her we're all un-neceassarily paranoid about such nonsense here and she should just go ahead and enjoy it. I did.


chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

Cooled melted chocolate + butter + raw egg yokes. Fold in whipped raw egg whites + sugar + cream of tartar. Then fold in whipped heavy cream + sugar + vanilla extract. It's amazing how well I memorized the recipe after making just once.

Side story: That reminds me of the scene in that Harry Potter book when he reads his parents' headstone just once and takes it all that one time. (not in the movie)

moving on...

More gorgeous photos of amazing chocolate. Hope you aren't hungry reading this.

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla


chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla


After a quick ganache layer of heavy whipping cream + chocolate the birthday cheesecake was done. It wasn't clear if you could eat it now or wait. I stuck it in the fridge while we ate dinner. That was torture waiting! We ate a salad dinner in prep of the cheesecake to come.

It was worth it. Every bite was amazing! It had a perfect combination of flavors and textures. Really not too sweet at all. This course depends on what chocolate you choose. I think it was perfect so not too rich but tasted like heaven.

It was a great success and continues to live in our fridge a dwindling happy birthday to me gift. Again for the full recipe please visit: http://www.mangiodasola.com/2010/02/chocolate-mousse-cheesecake.html

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

chocolate cheesecake, birthday cheesecake, chocolate mouse, oreo crust, water bath cheesecake, bake cheesecake, ganache layer, chocolate mouse, chocolate mouse cheesecake, birthday, celebration, dessert, food, cheesecake, 3 layer cheesecake, 4 layer cheesecake, butter, egg, raw egg, homemade vanilla

1 comment :

  1. Wow!!! Wow!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY first of all! The cheesecake looks so good!! You did a fantastic job! I love the photos of the process. I'm in Italy now, so making this cheesecake would be hard to do right now. I am craving it now. Thanks a lot! haha I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    ReplyDelete

Leave your lovely thoughts below!

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...