Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dessert Recipe: Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Cheesecake is among the top 5 most popular desserts in the United States, according to “How Stuff Works.”  So I couldn't pass up sharing this delicious chocolate raspberry cheesecake with all of you when I found it waiting in my e-mailbox after I returned from my blog break.  It's from Driscoll's, a well-known family-owned berry farm here in California.  Don't miss their tips below the recipe.

Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Prep time: 15 minutes
Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake/Driscoll's

Bake time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Makes 16 servings

2 packages (8-oz each) cream cheese, softened
2 packages (8-oz each) 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
2 packages (6-oz each) Driscoll’s Raspberries
2 ounce bar of semi-sweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Butter bottom and sides of a 9-inch round springform pan.

Beat cream cheeses in a large bowl of electric mixer until smooth. Beat in sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla, starting on low speed then increasing to high, until thoroughly mixed.

Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping edges well after each addition. Pour into pan.

Bake about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until just barely set in center. Edges may crack slightly. Turn oven off and leave in oven 1 hour with door ajar. Remove from oven and cool completely. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Run a knife around edge and remove rim.

Top cheesecake with raspberries. Hold chocolate bar over cheesecake; firmly slide a sharp vegetable peeler along edge of chocolate allowing shavings to fall on cake.

Lighten Up:
Use four 1/3 less fat packages of cream cheese, or two 1/3 less fat and two fat-free packages. Cheesecake will be denser.

Healthy Tip:
Calorie and fat content of this cheesecake can be adjusted by using regular, low-fat, or fat-free cream cheese.

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