Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake is a delightful and decadent dessert that combines the rich flavors of chocolate, the sweetness of strawberries, and the creamy goodness of cheesecake. Here’s a basic recipe for you to try:

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 24 ounces (about 680g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

For the Strawberry Topping:

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C). Grease a 9-inch (23 cm) springform pan.

2. Make the Crust:

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the chocolate cookie crumbs, melted butter, and sugar until well combined.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared springform pan, creating an even crust.
  • Bake the crust for about 10 minutes, then remove it from the oven and let it cool.

3. Prepare the Cheesecake Filling:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add sugar and continue to beat until well combined.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Mix in the vanilla extract.
  • Fold in the sour cream until the mixture is smooth.
  • Finally, fold in the melted chocolate.

4. Assemble and Bake:

  • Pour the cheesecake filling over the cooled crust in the springform pan.
  • Smooth the top with a spatula.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 55-60 minutes, or until the center is set and the top is lightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes, then run a knife around the edge to loosen it.
  • Allow the cheesecake to cool completely before refrigerating for at least 4 hours or overnight.

5. Make the Strawberry Topping:

  • In a saucepan, combine sliced strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, water, and lemon juice.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and the strawberries release their juices.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool.

6. Finish and Serve:

  • Once the cheesecake is fully chilled, spread the strawberry topping over the top.
  • Release the springform pan and transfer the cheesecake to a serving platter.
  • Slice and enjoy your delicious Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake!

Feel free to get creative with the presentation or add additional chocolate drizzle on top if desired. Enjoy your homemade chocolate strawberry cheesecake!

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