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
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.