1-1 ½ cups – chocolate biscuits, chocolate wafers or a combination that you like best. they must not have chocolate chips in them. 75 ml melted butter
350g dark chocolate (70% cocoa) chopped 2 x 350g tubs of smooth cream cheese (full fat) 1 cup sugar 4 eggs (large) pinch of salt 125ml strong hot coffee like expresso 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
Before you start
Preheat oven to 160 degrees C.
Springform baking tin – remove bottom of tin and cover with tin foil, reassemble tin.
break up the biscuits by knocking them with a rolling pin or squeezing them between you fingers and mix together with the melted butter, then press quite firmly into the bottom of the baking tin and pop it into the fridge.
Melt chocolate in a bowl above a pot of simmering water until soft. Remove from the pot and stir until all the chocolate is melted and it is velvety smooth.
Take another bowl and empty both tubs of cream cheese into the bowl, beat on low for a few minutes or until soft, add sugar gradually beating all the time. Then add the eggs and beat well. Add the vanilla essence, coffee and salt and beat on a slow speed until beautifully combined. Add melted chocolate and beat for a few more minutes. Dont taste too frequently at this stage… theres a cake to make.
Get the cold crust from the fridge and pour the chocolatey heavenly mixture over the crust. Give it a little shake to even it out. Put it into a roasting pan with water an inch or 2 up the side.
Bake for 1 hour or until center is firm and switch off the oven. DO NOT REMOVE FROM THE OVEN just open the door and let it cool inside the oven. Don’t poke it or taste it – You can do it!
Once completely cooled put it in the fridge overnight (while I’m writing this I’m thinking that what we have to resist before we get to taste gives us the right to load on the calories – the stress of temptation must cost at least 1000 calories)
The next day
It’s finally time.
Loosen the edges with a knife, remove the sides of the tin and dive in!!!!! NO not yet. Take a vegetable peeler and shave some chocolate over the top, add some whipped cream if you like and then DIVE IN.