Chocolate Marble Cheesecake.
(from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, a little tweaked)
My first cheesecake. How precious.
1 1/2 cups finely crushed graham crackers
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup melted butter
2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup milk
4 oz. melted semisweet chocolate
Preheat the oven to 375. For the crust, combine the crushed graham crackers, walnuts, cinnamon, and sugar. Stir in the melted butter. Press the mixture into a spring form pan to form the crust. It should be about 2" up on the sides (you may need to use more graham crackers than the recipe calls for). Set aside.
Beat cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, flour, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat in milk until smooth. Stir in the already-beat eggs. Separate the filling, and stir the melted chocolate into one half. Pour the plain filling into the crust, and then the chocolate. Use a knive to gently swirl the fillings.
Place the pan into a shallow baking pan and bake for 40ish minutes, until the outside edges appear set when gently shaken. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes and use a small knife to loosen the crust from the sides of the pan. Allow to cool for 30 more minutes.
Remove the sides from the spring form pan and cook cheesecake completely on the rack. Chill for at least 4 hours. I know, it takes serious self control to wait that long. Place on your pretty cake stand, take some pictures, and then cut in!
Make sure one of your friends is really into food presentation and makes this piece of art for you:
I know it doesn't look like a perfect cheesecake, but I was so proud of my first one!