" Remember the Titans" Black and White Cheesecake

In the mood for a delicious treat? This one integrates the great tastes of chocolate and cheesecake to create one diverse dessert!

The crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed chocolate wafers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped almonds
  • 3/4 stick butter, melted


The filling:
  • 1 1/2 pound softened cream cheese,
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cake flour
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Crush chocolate wafers. Chop almonds. Melt butter.

2. Combine the crushed chocolate wafers, sugar, cinnamon, and chopped almonds in a mixing bowl. Add the melted butter and mix with a spoon until combined. Press the chocolate wafer mixture evenly 2 inches up the sides and on the bottom of an 8" cheesecake pan. Place the pan in the freezer until use.

3. The filling: In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Continue beating while adding the sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and flour, occasionally stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the sour cream and set the mixture aside. Beat the egg whites until they stand in soft peaks when lifted from the bowl. Gently fold in the beaten whites with the cream cheese mixture.

4. Place the chocolate in a double boiler or a small bowl set in a pan of simmering water. Pour all but one cup of the batter into the prepared pan. Add the melted chocolate to the reserved batter and stir until blended. Spoon the chocolate batter on top of the white batter to create swirls throughout. Bake the cheesecake in the center of the pre-heated oven for an hour, until the sides are set and the center still jiggles. Turn oven off and leave cheesecake inside for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Chill well before removing from the pan.

5. Slice and serve. Enjoy!

Makes one 8" cheesecake



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