Now I have also admitted that I adore chocolate, so I hope you're seeing the path I'm about to travel on. If not, well it's Chocolate Cheesecake; a completely decadent, all chocolate cheesecake: chocolate crust, chocolate cheesecake layer, topped with a chocolate ganache. My version is not overly sweet, but the chocolate is so rich and flavorful, the extra sugar is not missed. I have had adults and children try this cake recently at a party, and everyone loved it. A normal slice of cheesecake has about a two inch width; but a one inch width slice will be about as much as you can eat of this cake. Afterwards you will definitely want a nap as you experience blissful joy. Eat anymore of it and death by chocolate might just occur as you lapse into a coma of complete nirvana.
Enough of the tease, lets get to the recipe.
For the Crust:
2 cups crushed chocolate graham crackers
5 Tbsp melted butter
For the Cake:
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese
1 (8 oz) package mascarpone cheese (use regular cream cheese if not available)
1 cup sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 (4 oz) package Ghirardelli Bittersweet Baking Chocolate, melted and cooled
For the Ganache:
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 (4 oz) package Ghirardelli Bittersweet Baking Chocolate, broken into pieces
*Makes 16 servings.