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"A real oldie,
this recipe. I first learned to make this cheesecake when I was working for a now-defunct
caterer to support my then-career acting. My
was to make what seemed like
hundreds of these cheesecakes, which we
sold retail. After I moved to Los Angeles,
far from the catering kitchen
in the basement of a rock 'n roll club!) I went for
making another cheesecake. One day, while cleaning out files that had
country many times, I came across my recipe written on
the back of a paper
towel. Cheesecake. It seemed so corny and so old-
fashioned, and it is. It is
also still so
[Note: Funny thing, I have a Chocolate Cheesecake recipe in
collection which is identical to this one. It was also scribbled down on a
of scrap paper - just the ingredients, no method. As I recall, it flew through
office like wild fire one day. Simple and excellent! Like all cheesecakes,
flavor intensifies the day after baking. Enjoy!]
12 ounces semisweet chocolate,
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon orange-flavored liqueur,
such as Grand Marnier
4 large eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 pounds cream cheese,
at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350
degrees F. Lightly
butter an 8-inch round springform pan that is at least 2 inches
In a heavy pot, melt the chocolate with the water and liqueur.
melted, remove from the heat and let stand until cool.
In a large mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer at medium speed,
beat the eggs with the sugar until well combined, 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually beat in the
cream cheese, 1/4 pound at a time, until the mixture is very smooth, 5 minutes. Beat in
the cooled chocolate and the vanilla. Spread
the batter evenly in the prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven until the top edges of the cheesecake are
puffed and golden brown, about 1 hour. Let the cake cool in the pan for
30 minutes. Run a
sharp knife around the inside of the pan to release the cheesecake from the sides (if they
haven't already pulled away during the cooling process). Remove the sides of the
springform, cover the cake with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes before
serving. Bring to room temperature before serving, unless it is a very hot day, in which
it out of the fridge at the last minute and enjoy it cold. Makes 8 servings.
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