Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake 1

Course : Cheesecakes
Serves: 12
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Ingredients:

---Crust
1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine -- melted
---Filling
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup whipping cream
3 packages cream cheese -- softened
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
---Topping
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
 

Preparation / Directions:

Crust In a small bowl , combine cookie crumbs and sugar ; stir in butter . Press onto the bottom and 1-1/2 inches up the sides of a greased 9-inch springform pan . Bake at 350* for 10 mins. Cool on wire rack . Reduce heat to 325* Filling In a sauce pan over low heat , melt chocolate chips ; stir until smooth . Remove from heat ; add cream and mix well . Set aside . In a mixing bowl , beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth . Add cocoa and beat well . Add eggs ; beat on low just until combined . Stir in vanilla and reserved chocolate mixture just until blended . Pour over crust . Bake for 45 to 50 mins. or until center almost set . Topping Foe topping , melt chocolate chips in a sauce pan over low heat , stirring until smooth . Remove from heat . Stir in cream and vanilla ; mix well . Spread filling over cheesecake . Refrigerate overnight . Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen . Remove sides of pan . Just before serving , garnish with whipped cream and miniature chocolate kisses if desired .


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