Death By Chocolate Cheesecake

I always feel so sad for people who say they don’t like cheesecake. As far as I am concerned, they are missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures. Creamy, dense, velvety smooth cheesecake is just this side of heaven, really, and I have a hard time understanding how anyone could dislike it. Perhaps these people have had the misfortune of biting into an overdone, eggy, rubbery cheesecake and have written it off because of this. There are a few bad cheesecakes out there, and perhaps they are ruining the cheesecake experience for a small portion of people. What a tragedy! We should make an effort to round up those nasty cheesecakes and get them off the streets. We need to lock them away where they can no longer be a danger to themselves or to society. Solitary isolation for badly cooked cheesecakes!

But I also suspect that some people are caught off guard by tanginess of cheesecake when they expect only sweet. That’s what makes the cheesecake experience so unique and, in my opinion, so utterly delicious. But I can see how that might be a little off-putting for someone whose palate wasn’t ready for anything but sweet. My kids’ first experiences with cheesecake were not exactly successful and at one point my son declared he didn’t like it at all. However, I refused to let that be the last word, as I did not want my children to go through life without cheesecake. A cheesecake-free existence is no existence at all.

So I kept making and offering them cheesecake and eventually they all came around. They now happily enjoy cheesecake on a regular basis and there has even been some chatter about requesting cheesecake for birthdays. A course of action I wholeheartedly approve.

And when it comes to cheesecake, is there any better flavour than chocolate? With a chocolate crust and some gooey chocolate ganache on top? I dare you to dislike this cheesecake. Really, I think this one could turn any cheesecake-hater into a cheesecake-lover. It’s sweet and dense, but it still has that tangy edge that makes cheesecake so unique. This is a chocolate lover’s dream cake! You WILL think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

And now my son has declared that he doesn’t like lemon desserts. We’re still working on that one. But for now, it’s cheesecake mania over here. Low carb, sugar-free chocolate cheesecake mania.

Brush sides of springform pan with melted butter, taking care not to disturb the crust. Pour filling into pan and gently shake from side to side to even out. Bake 55 to 60 minutes, or until filling is mostly set but still jiggles just a little in the center.

Remove and let cool 15 minutes, then run a sharp knife around the inside of the pan to loosen. Let cool completely. Once cool, remove sides, cover tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours.