Another birthday at work this week and Diane, the newest member of our team, requested Chocolate Cheesecake. I do love cheesecake, but I've never made a chocolate one. In fact, I'd never had a chocolate one that I can remember. The technique was very easy- my basic delicious, dense cheesecake recipe with melted chocolate and cocoa powder added.
My secret to great cheesecake is to always, always bake in a water bath no matter what the recipe says to avoid grainyness, and to let the cheesecake cool in the oven with the door ajar to avoid cracking.
This is very rich and very chocolate-y (which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your perspective). All I know is I'm glad that Diane took the leftovers home with her and that I had a good workout at the gym to burn off my piece!