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Cappuccino-Fudge Cheesecake

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“From Feb. 2002 Bon Appetit. I've made this recipe several times and it is so decadent! Definately worth the time it takes. Each time I make it, though it seems to go much quicker. Don't skimp on the ingredients. I once had to toss the whole thing because I used low fat and generic brand ingredients. They have a higher water content that this recipe cannot handle. Make this one day ahead for best flavor.”
3hrs 6mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For crust:
  2. Finely grind cookies, chopped chocolate, brown sugar, and nutmeg in processor.
  3. Add butter and process until crumbs begin to stick together, scraping down bowl occasionally, about 1 minute.
  4. Transfer crumbs to 10-inch-diameter springform pan with 3-inch-high sides.
  5. 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.
  6. For ganache:
  7. Bring whipping cream to simmer in large saucepan.
  8. Remove from heat; add chocolate and Kahlúa.
  9. Whisk until chocolate is melted and ganache is smooth.
  10. Pour 2 cups ganache over bottom of crust.
  11. Freeze until ganache layer is firm, about 30 minutes.
  12. Reserve remaining ganache; cover and let stand at room temperature to use later for creating lattice pattern.
  13. For filling.
  14. Position rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350°F Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until blended.
  15. Beat in flour.
  16. Stir rum, espresso powder, ground coffee, vanilla, and molasses in small bowl until instant coffee dissolves; beat into cream cheese mixture.
  17. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl.
  18. Pour filling over cold ganache in crust.
  19. Place cheesecake on rimmed baking sheet.
  20. 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.
  21. Transfer cheesecake to rack.
  22. Cool 15 minutes while preparing topping (top of cheesecake will fall slightly).
  23. Maintain oven temperature.
  24. For topping:
  25. Whisk sour cream, sugar, and vanilla in medium bowl to blend.
  26. Pour topping over hot cheesecake, spreading to cover filling completely.
  27. Bake until topping is set, about 10 minutes.
  28. Transfer cheesecake to rack.
  29. Refrigerate hot cheesecake on rack until cool, about 3 hours.
  30. Run small sharp knife between crust and pan sides to loosen cake; release pan sides.
  31. Transfer cheesecake to platter.
  32. Spoon reserved ganache into pastry bag fitted with small star tip.
  33. Pipe 6 diagonal lines atop cheesecake, spacing 1 inch apart.
  34. Repeat in opposite direction, making lattice.
  35. Pipe rosettes of ganache around top edge of cake.
  36. Garnish with coffee beans, if desired.
  37. Chill until lattice is firm, at least 6 hours.
  38. (Can be made 4 days ahead. Wrap loosely in foil, forming dome over lattice; keep chilled.).

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