Sunday, January 4, 2015

Irish Chocolate Cheesecake






Happy New Year!

I changed up the look of the blog to freshen it up...same recipes, just a new look (I'll have to check with Kelly to make sure she likes this too :-)

I was running through Pinterest and came across this recipe...with a name like O'Shea, I like to find a few Irish dishes and this one looked interesting.  I modified it slightly because when I first tried it, I was ready to give up and call this a pinterest fail, but with a few modifications, I liked the results.

Warning: This recipe uses lots of dishes and utensils, but the results look good and it tastes great.

Ingredients:

1 14 ounce package of oreo cookies 
2 tablespoons of butter
1 1/2 cups heavy cream + 1/4 cup 
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup sugar, divided
2 packages (10 ounces each) of good quality chocolate chips
12 ounces of cream cheese
1/4 cup Irish cream

Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, start with one minute, mix and then cook another 30 seconds if not completely smooth.  Continue to cook for 15 second increments until the chocolate is all melted.  Set aside to cool slightly.

Put the oreos in a food processor to crush...pour in the melted butter and mix again.

Put 10-12 4 ounce ramekins on a cookie sheet.  Divide oreo crumb mixture between the ramekins, reserving a little to sprinkle on the finished dessert.  This will be between 2-3 tablespoons of crumb mixture in each ramekin.  Tamp the mixture down with a smaller glass or bowl to create an even crust.

Whip cream, vanilla and 1 Tablespoon sugar until soft peaks form.  Put in the fridge until you're ready to fold it into the chocolate mixture.

Place cream cheese and sugar into the bowl of a mixer and beat until smooth and fluffy. Next add cooled chocolate and mix an additional 3 minutes.   Add Irish cream and beat until incorporated.

Take bowl from mixer and fold in whipping cream with a spatula.

Scoop half of mixture into ramekins.  Next add 1/4 cup additional heavy cream to mixture and  beat until smooth.  Place the mixture into a large piping bag with a 1M tip.  Pipe the rest of the mixture onto the top of  the dessert dishes.  Sprinkle with reserved crushed oreo cookies and the refrigerate for 2 - 12 hours.

Enjoy!


Ingredients (I also added vanilla)

Smooth melted chocolate

Crushed oreo cookies and butter

Prepping the dessert dished - I tried a few different types

Whipping the cream

Whipping the cream cheese

Mixing in the chocolate and Irish cream

Piping the top of the chocolate on the dessert cups






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