My youngest daughter has been asking me to make a chocolate cheesecake for her. I have been putting it off. I was thinking……of all the cakes, why did she choose a chocolate cheesecake?? It’s so rich and fattening! Well, she has been very patient waiting for it, waiting for the right time to ask again. Last week she came up to me…and there she went again…..”Mom, can you PLEASE, PLEASE, make a cheesecake……a chocolate cheesecake? PLEASE make it for my coming birthday!” She pleaded so sweetly!!! How can I say “No” to her and how can I put off again? Of course I can’t. That’s the mother’s heart. My sweet answer, “Of course I will!” I earned a BIG hug and of course she will get her favourite cake for her birthday. My BIG smile because she likes my cake….yippee!
To be on the safe side, I thought I will make one early just for trial….a different one. If it turns out nice, I will make it again for her birthday. Did it turn out well? Sad to say ‘No’ BUT happy to say it turned out delicious too…..*big smile*. It’s a low cake so I don’t think I will make it for her birthday as it’s difficult to make icing….won’t look impressive. Of course my girl is very happy to enjoy this cake and to get another one for her birthday!
I must say that in the culinary world, No Failure Is A Failure, unless you burn everything very badly. If it can still be eaten, then it is not a failure. Just call it a new dish…*wink*. That’s why I like cooking. It’s so fun. You can afford to make mistakes and get away with it. Sometimes mistakes are essential because from there new dishes are created. It happened to me many times. The chocolate cheesecake is just another of such mistake. It’s supposed to be a marbled chocolate cheesecake. It didn’t turn out as what I wanted it to be. But it did turn out very rich and decadent, much to my surprise. My mistake is good because I found an easy way to make a chocolate cheesecake.
This chocolate cheesecake contains no flour, no gluten, which makes it suitable for those who can’t enjoy desserts that contain gluten. Here is the Flourless Chocolate Cheesecake recipe which I adapted from a cookbook by Agnes Chang.
300g cream cheese
1t vanilla essence
Beat Ingredients A well until well mixed.
300g dark chocolate (break into smaller pieces)
Put Ingredients B into a small pot and heat under low fire until melted. Cool.
Beat Ingredients C with a whisk until thick and creamy.
Now from here onwards, this is where I make the mistake. Instead of adding the egg mixture to the chocolate mixture, I added the chocolate mixture to the cheese mixture!!!! But don’t stop here. Just read on. It didn’t come out bad…….*phew*. It was actually very delicious….huge relief!
The correct way is to mix the egg mixture to the chocolate mixture. Pour into the tin. Then scoop the cheese mixture over the chocolate mixture. Swirl a knife or spatula through to create the marble effect and then bake. But below here was what I did.
Add the chocolate mixture to the cheese mixture. Pour into a paper-lined shallow tin.
Pour the egg mixture of Ingredients C over it and and fold it through. It would be easier to fold it through before pouring into the tin. Place into a preheated oven of 160 degrees Celsius for about 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Cool and chill it well. Well, I couldn’t wait to try it. It was really good…rich, chocolatey and moist. More than half was gone before I could manage to put into the fridge to chill. It tastes much better chilled.
Hope you have fun cooking and baking! Be daring to try. Just don’t broadcast your mistakes and you will be fine….*big grin*. Nothing is better than homemade food. It’s a lot cheaper and healthier.
Other chocolate recipes that you may be interested in:
My Best Chewy Brownies For Friends
Best Layered Chocolate Cheese Cake
Chocolate Yoghurt Cake
Zebra Chocolate Butter Cake
Chocolate Crinkle Brownie Cookies
Double Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate Coconut Slice
Chocolate Shortbread Slice
Double Chocolate Brownie
Quote of the day……
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
- Frederick Keonig
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