Valentines Day is next week and I have been testing some new recipes out! Not too long ago a shop (Uncle Tetsu) opened up in town (Toronto) that makes Japanese souffle cheesecakes and there were lineups around the block for months after it opened! Eventually I got around to trying it out and they were good, and that meant one thing, that I would have to try making my own! I usually enjoy a nice creamy New York style cheesecake which are normally pretty heavy or dense where as these Japanese style cheesecakes are nice and light and fluffy while still having that amazing cheesecake flavour. Given that Valentine’s Day was approaching I thought that it was the perfect time to start working on my Japanese souffle style cheese cake, aka cotton cheesecake, and of course it would have to be chocolate!
I tried a number of different recipes and I settled on this one which is super easy to make, containing just 4 ingredients, and takes less than an hour to whip up! You start out by melting some dark chocolate into the cream cheese which is nice because melting them together helps ensure both that the chocolate does not burn and that there are no lumps of cream cheese, because no-one like lumps in their cheesecake! The egg yolks and sugar are then mixed into the chocolate and cream cheese mixture. The next part is what makes this cheese cake souffle like and adds that nice lightness and fluffiness, the egg whites are beaten into stiff peaks and gently folded into the batter. (A new York style cheesecake differs in that there is more cream cheese, less eggs and the egg whites are not beaten which give it it’s denser texture.) The batter is then poured into a pan and baked in a water bath during which the cheesecake will puff up even further only to collapse a bit as it cools. The final result is a light and airy Japanese souffle style cheesecake (cotton cheesecake) that simply melts in your mouth! This dark chocolate version is decadently delicious and perfect for your chocolate indulgence!
Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake
A light and fluffy souffle like dark chocolate cheesecake that is super easy to make!
- 7 ounces (200g) dark chocolate, chips or chopped*
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 6 eggs, divided
- Melt the chocolate into the cream cheese in a small sauce pan, in a double boiler or in the microwave before mixing in the sugar, letting cool a bit and mixing in the egg yolks.
- Beat the egg whites into stiff peaks and gently fold into the chocolate cream cheese mixture 1/3 at a time.
- Pour the batter into a greased 8 inch spring form pan, wrap the bottom of the pan in foil, place in a larger pan with a small amout of hot water and bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven for 30 minutes, turn off the heat and let sit in the closed over for 15 minutes before removing and letting cool at room temperature.
Note: The bottom of the spring form pan is wrapped up in foil and placed in another pan with water in it. The foil wrapping prevents the water from leaking into the springform pan. Baking the cheesecake in the water bath helps to ensure that no cracks form on the surface of the cheesecake. You can omit this step if you do not mind any possible cracks.
Option: With 1/2 cup sugar this is a dark chocolate like cheesecake that is not super sweet. If you would like it sweeter, increase the sugar to 3/4 cups or even 1 cup of sugar.
Option: This recipe fits perfectly in an 8 in spring form pan. I like to use a 7 inch spring form pan to allow it to rise more and get more height but I reduce to 5 eggs.
Option: Line the pan with parchment paper, or grease it before pouring in the batter.
Note: Make sure to not get any traces of the yolks in the egg whites as this can prevent them from beating into stiff peaks.
Note: After the cake has cooled, gently run a knife around the cake between the cake and the ring of the pan before removing the rim. This will help remove the rim more easily and cleanly.
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