Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! I know, where did January go? A few bloggers have referred to January as semi-eventful. I think semi-eventful sounds good. Busy, not swamped and not behind.
Back to Valentine’s Day. I heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. True, especially when chocolate is on the plate! Oh, maybe that’s me.
You all know my love for cheesecake and chocolate, but I found a new twist. German Chocolate Cake frosting … You know the kind coconut, nuts, sweetened condensed milk or cream.
This cheesecake is almost silky. It has a rich flavor, but isn’t heavy. The almond extract gives this dessert a unique flavor.
My recipe is slightly Adapted from this recipe.
1-1/2 C Graham Cracker Crumbs (about 8 whole crackers)
2 T Brown Sugar
1/4 C Butter, melted
2 packages (8 ounces each) Cream Cheese, softened
1 C (6 ounces) Milk Chocolate Chips, melted and cooled
2/3 C packed Brown Sugar
2 T Baking Cocoa
1 teaspoon Almond Extract
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3/4 C Flaked Coconut
3/4 C Slivered Almonds
1/3 C packed Brown Sugar
1/3 C Evaporated Milk
5 T Butter
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Securely wrap foil around pan.
In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and brown sugar; stir in butter. I use my food processor.
Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
In a large bowl (I use my food processor for this too.), beat cream cheese until smooth.
Beat in chocolate, brown sugar and cocoa.
Add eggs; beat on low-speed just until combined.
Pour into crust.
Place pan in a large baking pan. Fill larger pan with 1 in. water. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull.
Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Remove sides of pan.
In a large saucepan, combine topping ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Cool. Spread topping over cheese cake.
I have to confess I tried the cheesecake without topping. I wanted to try the cheesecake plain. It is excellent plain too! The Rancher, who is part German, prefered topping his slice of chocolate cream cheese goodness.
German Chocolate Cheesecake; it’s perfect for you and your Valentine!