Rich Chocolate Cheesecake

Course : Cheesecakes
Serves: 12
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1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter -- melted
24 ounces cream cheese -- softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
8 ounces sour cream
6 ounces semisweet chocolate -- melted
1 tablespoon cocoa
3/4 teaspoon cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup whipping cream -- whipped

Preparation / Directions:

Additional whipped cream (optional) Chocolate curls (optional) Almonds (optional) Maraschino cherries (optional) Combine first 3 ingredients, mixing well. Press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan; chill. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until light and fluffy; gradually add sugar, mixing well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in sour cream, melted chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla, mix well. Gently fold in whipped cream; spoon into prepared pan. Bake at 300 for 1 hour. Turn oven off; allow cheesecake to cool in oven an additional 30 minutes. Refrigerate 8 hours. Remove sides of pan and garnish with additional whipped cream, chocolate curls, almonds, and cherries.

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