Cappucino Fudge Cheesecake


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Chef: Quinn Emmett

Serves: 12

Preheat: 350

Picked this up from Bon Appetit...holy crap is it good. A slice is enough for one (even me), so this'll serve about 12. It's a lot of work but extremely worth it.


9 oz chocolate wafer cookies
6 oz bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
7 tbsp hot melted unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup whipping cream
20 oz bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup Kahl˙a or other coffee-flavored liqueur
4 pkg 8-ounce cream cheese each, room temperature
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp dark rum
2 tbsp instant espresso powder
2 tbsp ground whole espresso coffee beans (medium-coarse grind)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tsp mild-flavored (light) molasses
4 whole large eggs
1 1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup sugar

For Crust: Finely grind cookies, chopped chocolate, brown sugar, and nutmeg in processor.
Add butter and process until crumbs begin to stick together, scraping down bowl occasionally, about 1 minute.
Transfer crumbs to 10-inch-diameter springform pan with 3-inch-high sides.
Wrap plastic wrap around fingers and press crumb mixture firmly up sides to within 1/2 inch of top edge, then over bottom of pan.
For ganache: Bring whipping cream to simmer in large saucepan.
Remove from heat; add chocolate and Kahl˙a.
Whisk until chocolate is melted and ganache is smooth.
Pour 2 cups ganache over bottom of crust.
Freeze until ganache layer is firm, about 30 minutes.
Reserve remaining ganache; cover and let stand at room temperature to use later for creating lattice pattern.
For filling Position rack in middle of ovn.
Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until blended.
Beat in flour.
Stir rum, espresso powder, ground coffee, vanilla, and molasses in small bowl until instant coffee dissolves; beat into cream cheese mixture.
Beat in eggs 1 at a time, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl.
Pour filling over cold ganache in crust.
Place cheesecake on rimmed baking sheet.
Bake until top is brown, puffed and cracked at edges, and center 2 inches moves only slightly when pan is gently shaken, about 1 hour 5 minutes.
Transfer cheesecake to rack.
Cool 15 minutes while preparing topping (top of cheesecake will fall slightly).
Maintain oven temperature.
For topping: Whisk sour cream, sugar, and vanilla in medium bowl to blend.
Pour topping over hot cheesecake, spreading to cover filling completely.
Bake until topping is set, about 10 minutes.
Transfer cheesecake to rack.
Refrigerate hot cheesecake on rack until cool, about 3 hours.
Run small sharp knife between crust and pan sides to loosen cake; release pan sides.
Transfer cheesecake to platter.
Spoon reserved ganache into pastry bag fitted with small star tip.
Pipe 6 diagonal lines atop cheesecake, spacing 1 inch apart.
Repeat in opposite direction, making lattice.
Pipe rosettes of ganache around top edge of cake.
Garnish with coffee beans, if desired.
Chill until lattice is firm, at least 6 hours.
(Can be made 4 days ahead.
Wrap loosely in foil, forming dome over lattice; keep chilled.