Chocolate Orange Cheesecakes


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Chef: Quinn Emmett


Preheat: 350

Great recipe from Bon Appetit, with room for many optional ingredients and personal testing. Note: this recipe makes about 12 or so, but I ate 4 on my own. Oops.


2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing muffin cups
12 whole chocolate wafers
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp finely grated fresh orange zest
1/2 cup well-chilled heavy cream

Put oven rack in middle position.
Butter muffin cups.
Grind wafers to a fine powder in a food processor.
Mix together wafer crumbs, 2 tablespoons butter, and 2 tablespoons brown sugar in a bowl with a rubber spatula until combined well.
Divide crumbs among muffin cups, then firmly press onto bottom and a little up side of each cup with your fingertips or with bottom of an 1/8-cup measure by twisting measure.
Bake 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack and cool in muffin pan 10 minutes.
Gently rotate crusts with your fingertips to loosen and turn out onto rack.
Beat together cream cheese, zest, and remaining brown sugar (3 tablespoons plus 1/3 teaspoon) with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until fluffy.
Beat cream in another bowl with cleaned beaters until it just holds stiff peaks.
Stir about one third of whipped cream into cream cheese mixture to lighten, then gently fold in remaining whipped cream until just combined.
Mound filling into crusts with a spoon (or pipe filling into crusts with a pastry bag/I used a ziploc bag witha corner cut out) and chill until ready to serve.