Chocolate Cheesecake
Graveyard Pie for Halloween

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Chocolate Cheesecake

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Ingredients

Bottom
200 g Bastogne Cookies if you cannot find Bastogne, just make it with digestive biscuits
50 g Butter unsalted
Creme
120 g Caster Sugar for normal Cheesecake: 150 g
120 ml Whipping Cream for normal Cheesecake: 150 ml
150 g Dark Chocolate for normal Cheesecake: 175 g
2 tbsp Cocoa for normal Cheesecake: 2 & 1/2 tbsp
200 g Cream Cheese for normal Cheesecake: 225 g
Decoration
8 Digestive Cookies we used Belvita, because it has the perfect shape for a grave stone
a few sugar bones and skulls
12 Oreo Cookies

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Directions

It’s the first year when I really wanted to make something special for Halloween. Not in decorating the house and so on, but a nice, very tasty cake that also follows the spooky theme a little bit. In the Netherlands the whole Halloween thing is not that popular, because they have their own Trick or Treat and it’s called Sint-Maarten feest. So on the 11th of November you would better have a lot of candy in the house because a lot of kids come at your door with their very cute lampions, sing songs and expect a treat. But because all cooking programmes (Dutch people have a lot of cooking shows on TV) starts talking about Halloween around the end of October I got a little contaminated and I decided to transform my magnificent chocolate-cheesecake in a Graveyard Pie. Boo!

The reason I am posting this around Christmas is that you can make a beautiful dessert out of this, for your special dinner or just to have in the house, for treating the guests. If you take away the RIP and the little sugar bones and the Oreo dirt, you will end up with a beautiful and creamy cake, full of chocolate, with an amazing velvet texture. Too bad I don’t have pictures if this dessert without the spook factor, but I can assure you it will turn out just perfect for both celebrations and everyone will just adore it and even ask for your recipe.

And on top of all this, this cheesecake is a no-bake wonder, and this means that is super easy and fun to make. Come on, you don’t need more arguments for including this in your holidays menu! And always keep in mind, this is one of those recipes that will convince your mother that you are really doing well in the kitchen.

Tips and tricks: if you want to make this for Halloween, or if you want to decorate the cake with Oreo crumbs follow the amount of ingredients below. If you want to keep it “naked” press the I button that you have next to the ingredient. You will want your cheesecake a bit taller, that’s why it’s good to add a little bit more of everything. And one of the most important ingredients in this cheesecake is, of course, the chocolate, so try to find a very good quality one. Because I adore Verkade I chose their Kookchocolade 74% which is also very easy to divide and melt, and if you can find it somewhere just try it and let me know how you feel about it. 

Halloween decoration inspired by Martha Stewart.

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Steps

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The bottom

Grab a bag, put the biscuits in it, seal it very well and start crushing them. I like to use my wooden dough roller, Daniel likes to hit them, sometimes I use the ice crusher, so feel free to use your favourite method.

2
Done

Melt the butter in a pan and wait until it's cold enough so you can touch it. Pour it over the crushed cookies, add 1 tbsp of sugar and mix with your hands. Spread the "dough" on the bottom of your springform pan and refrigerate until hard.

3
Done

The cheese

Melt the chocolate au bain-marie and let it cool. Whip the cream until soft peaks form and add the cooled chocolate on top. Incorporate the cocoa powder and mix very well, but gently. But the bowl back on the bain-marie, because you will need the little bits of chocolate left on the bowl for decorating your Halloween cake.

4
Done

In a separate bowl mix the cream cheese and the remaining sugar on high speed, with a mixer. Fold into the chocolate mixture and mix very well until everything is combined.

5
Done

Using a spatula, put the cheese cream on top of the biscuits and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

6
Done

Decorating for Halloween

Crush the Oreo cookies, this time using my method with the dough roller. You want to be gentle so you don't mix everything with the cream. The darkness of the cookies combined with a few patches of white from the cream will look like very real dirt. When fine enough drizzle the dirt on top of the cake, making sure that everything is covered.

7
Done

Grab a digestive cookie (or any cookie that looks like a grave stone) and break a little bit of one of the ends, to make it flat, so it stays better in the cheesecake. With a toothpick take a little bit of the chocolate left on the bowl that you used for the bain-marie and make little dots on the cookie. Put the sugar skulls and bones on top of the dot and let it set. The chocolates will act like a glue.

8
Done

Very gently put the cookies in the cheesecake and sprinkle some bones and skulls on top of the dirt. Refrigerate for another hour.

Adriana

I am Adriana and I love food, as you can probably see from what I cook. I like to bake and I like to experiment with new tastes, and my 2016 resolution is to try to cook healthy and special meals every day.

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