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The ChocolateDoctor’s Chocolate Polish Cheesecake

Friday, July 11th, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Cheesecakes (Sernik, pronounced SEHRR-neek) are a national dish of Poland and are revered in every Eastern European cuisine. The cheese typically used is dry-curd, cottage cheese, not cream cheese as in the United States. This results in a different finished texture but is still delicious in its own right. I like to add the magic of chocolate to make this cheesecake even yummier. This cheesecake is a bit tart, but still creamy enough to be called a great Polish cheesecake.

Prep Time: 1 hour plus
Chill Time: 8 to 12 hours, plus 1 hour rising after rolling out dough
Bake Time: 30 to 40 minutes
Yield: Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients:
For the dough:

1 packet dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons warm water (about 108º F)
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cups cake flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Choclatique Natura Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, plus 1 egg yolk
1/2 cup whole milk (lukewarm), divided

For the filling:
1 large (32-oz.) carton small curd cottage cheese
6 large egg yolks
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoon orange liqueur or pure orange extract
1 teaspoon minced orange peel
4 tablespoon Choclatique Natura Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup dried cherries (soak in 1/2 cup boiling water for 10 minutes and then drain well)
2 tablespoons Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips
1/3 cup Choclatique Private Reserve Pastilles

Directions:
For the crust:

  1. Combine the yeast and the sugar with warm water and set aside to activate the yeast. The yeast mixture should be a frothy, bubbly brown after 10 minutes.
  2. Using an electric mixer cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the flours, cocoa powder and salt and mix. The mixture will be pebbly, like for pie crust.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg with 1/4 cup of the milk.
  5. Add to the flour mixture along with the yeast. Slowly add the rest of the milk and mix well.
  6. Turn out the dough and knead by hand.
  7. Cover the dough in the bowl and refrigerate overnight.

For the filling:

  1. Using a food processor combine the cottage cheese, egg yolks, sugar, salt, sour cream, lemon juice, orange peel, cocoa powder and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Make sure to smooth out the curds in the cottage cheese.
  2. Stir in the plumped cherries and chocolate chips.

To assemble:

  1. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and form into a rectangle.
  2. Place in the bottom and up along the sides of a 9 x 13 pan.
  3. Slowly melt the chocolate in a glass bowl in a microwave oven for 30 seconds at 50% power in 30 seconds burst, stirring between each burst.
  4. Brush the chocolate in a thin layer over the top of the crust.
  5. Spread the cheese filling over the crust and let the dough rise for 1 hour.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until just set.

ChefSecret: You can also substitute ricotta cheese for the cottage cheese, but then it would have to be called an Italian Cheesecake.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Choclatique Tiramisu Swirl Cheesecake

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

I was at a famous Italian restaurant in San Francisco last month where Tiramisu was described on the menu as “a traditional classic Venetian dessert created in the 1800’s.” While there is some debate regarding the origin of Tiramisu there is no question the earliest mention I could find was in the Washington Post on December 24, 1969. The dessert was first made in Via Sottotreviso at Treviso, near Venice. The recipe was documented in Giovanni Capnist’s 1983 cookbook, Dolci del Veneto.

White this dessert is neither traditional or a classic I felt safe that I could take the liberty of expressing my own personality and preferences to this Tiramisu Swirl Cheesecake.

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Bake Time: 60 minutes
Ready In: 3 hours (best overnight if you can wait that long)
Yield: 1 9-inch cheesecake

Chocolate Tiramisu Swirl CheesecakeIngredients:
1 (7-ounce) package ladyfingers, dried
4 tablespoons butter, melted
6 tablespoons strong cold coffee
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese
1 (8-ounce) container mascarpone cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 ounces Choclatique Midnight Unsweetened Baking Chocolate, melted
3 tablespoons Choclatique Dark Chocolate Curls

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Place a roasting pan of water on the bottom of oven filled about one third of the way.
  3. Prepare an 8- or 9-inch springform pan by covering the bottom with aluminum foil to seal out the water.
  4. In a small bowl crush the package of ladyfingers to fine crumbs. Mix the melted butter into the crumbs. Moisten with 2 tablespoons of the coffee. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a prepared springform pan.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, mascarpone and sugar until very smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and the flour; mix SLOWLY until just smooth. The consistency of the mascarpone can vary. If the cheesecake batter is too thick, add a little cream.
  6. Using two separate bowls divide the cream cheese mixture in half.
  7. Add the melted chocolate and 4 tablespoons coffee to the half the cream cheese batter and mix thoroughly. Pour the chocolate cream cheese batter into crust followed by the remaining cream cheese batter. Using the broad side of a knife or spatula swirl the two batters to marble.
  8. Place springform pan into the roasting pan of hot water. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until just set. Open oven door, and turn off the heat. Let cake to cool in oven for 20 minutes.
  9. Dolci del Veneto Remove from oven, and let it finish cooling.
  10. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or, better yet, overnight.
  11. Right before serving sprinkle with chocolate curls.

ChefSecret: The literal translation of the Italian name tiramisù (tirami sù) means “pick- me-up” or metaphorically, “make me happy.” This may refer to the caffeine in the coffee and effect of cocoa used in the original recipe.

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Simplicity

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

WikipediaSimplicity, as defined by Wikipedia, is the state or quality of being simple. It usually relates to the burden which a thing puts on someone trying to explain or understand it. Something which is easy to understand or explain is simple, in contrast to something complicated. Something is simple or complex depending on the way we choose to describe it.

In my book, I share a series of my philosophies—Box-top Wisdom. Here is one that fits especially well during these hectic times. ”I subscribe to simplicity when it allows mankind to spend his or her valuable time improving humanity, inspiring youth, preserving the family & raising our consciousness for the foods provided by the Creator.”

So I’m taking it to heart. Rather than talk about a lot of the technical aspects of chocolate or our crazy politicians that make me see red, I thought I would introduce you to some delicious, new, easy-to-make recipes that require the ingredients you probably already have available in your own pantry or you can find on our website.

In some cases, simplicity can be used to imply beauty, purity or clarity. And, that is the essence of the Old Fashioned Cheesecake recipe referenced below. All things being equal, the simplest cheesecake is the most likely to be the best. By living a simple lifestyle, you don’t have to deny yourself the niceties such as chocolate and cheesecake. So pull out your mixer and begin.

The ChocolateDoctor’s Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate CheesecakeI was once told that you should never serve cheesecake of chocolate with a seafood dinner. This admonishment never stopped the owner of the famous Palm Restaurant in New York City. They always had a great New York Cheesecake and something chocolate on the menu. When I opened the original Fanny’s Fish Market in Foster City I figured, “What the heck—go for it” and went for them both. Here is the simplest and most delectable cheesecake in my recipe box that goes well with everything even as a great dessert after a fish or lobster dinner.

Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes (lots of waiting time)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 50 to 60 minutes, plus 60 minutes resting time
Cooling Time: 12 to 24 hours

Serves 12 to 16

Ingredients:

9 oz. (1 box) thin chocolate wafers, finely crushed
1/2 cup salted butter, melted
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups (12 ounces) Choclatique Dark Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons Choclatique Black Onyx Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
2 tablespoons Choclatique Dark Chocolate Curls

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine chocolate wafer crumbs and butter. Spray the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan with flavorless vegetable spray. Pat firmly into a 10-inch springform pan, covering the bottom and 3-inches up sides. (You can use the back of a spoon or a drinking glass to squeeze the crust into every nook and cranny.) Chill.
  2. Preheat oven to 300º F.
  3. Heat the cream in a microwave oven (do not boil). Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate chips are melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream the sugar and cocoa powder with the cream cheese beating until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the chocolate mixture and vanilla, mixing until blended. Pour into the prepared crust.
  5. Bake at 300º F. for 50 to 60 minutes. The filling should be slightly jiggly. Don’t worry, the cake will firm up when chilled.
  6. Turn the oven off. Let the cheesecake stand in the oven with door ajar for about 1 hour. Remove, cool completely.
  7. Chill the cheesecake for 12 to 24 hours. When ready to serve, remove the cheesecake from the springform pan. To finish, decorate the edges of the cheesecake with whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate curls.

ChefSecret: To make an extra smooth cheesecake wrap the bottom of the springform pan with plastic wrap and foil to prevent leaking during baking before filling with the cake batter. After filling put the springform pan in a large roasting pan and set it on the extended middle rack of the oven. Pour enough boiling water into the roasting pan to come about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan; the foil and plastic wrap will keep the water from seeping into the cheesecake. Bake at 325º F.

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