December 28, 2010

Chocolate Ganache Topped Cheese Cake

 Another hearty healthy feast has gone. But the festive spirit is not yet flamed off. Rather it is getting energized to welcome a brand new year. Christmas is the indication to wind up a year and to welcome another year. But wrapping and unwrapping gifts are all not done yet.  It's still to welcome a bunch of new gifts and grand party with your near dear one to toss the glasses in celebration of the new year .

 For us (my husband and me, daughter is too small to feel), the festive scenario is quite different. From past three years we end a year in packing and start a year in packing and moving to another land. We hardly feel the enjoyment of the new year. We hardly feel the spirit of shopping, buying gifts, et al. As for us, we keep on trashing things and weighing the suitcases to avoid the over weightage fine. Last two times we spent a huge bulk of money in giving fines as we are bound to make the suitcases over weight. This time we are determined not to spend any extra buck in fine. So we are just keeping on trashing all our favourite and unfavourite things with a  loaded heart every day. Our house is not getting decorated to welcome a new year. But We are taking off all the decorations to completely clean our house before we leave.  May be some of you will think that it’s a great fun to spend each year in a new land. But its not a boon to us at all. Mainly when you have a lil kid at home. We always keep crossed our fingers in the anxiety how our baby and her health will react after reaching to a new country. But this is what we call Life. A challenge that we have to accept every time.

 Any way, Now let me come to the recipe which today I would like to share. This is one of the most favourite desserts of my family which I am bound to make every week. Very easy to make and the taste is truly divine. I adapted the simple Cheese Cake recipe from Cooks.com and then added my twist with a layered Chocolate ganache on the top which gave the taste of the tangy cheese cake a sweeter version. Each bite melts down in your mouth and give an ultimate satifaction of a chocolaty creamy penchant.
Ingredients:-
For the Cheese Cake-

1.Cream Cheese- 8oz /1 packet (room temperature)
2. Eggs-2
3. Sugar-1/2 cup
4. Vanilla essence- 1/2 teaspoon
5. Ready made pie crust

For chocolate ganache-
1. Heavy cream- 1 cup
2. Milk chocolate- 1 &1/4 cup(grated or morsels)


Method:-
Cheese Cake:-

1. Pre heat the oven in 350 degree F.

2. Beat the cream cheese until soft. Add sugar and vanilla essence and mix all together nicely. Add egg one by one and beat till all the ingredients and nicely get mixed and turned in to a creamy texture.

3. Pour the mixture in the pie crust and bake for 40 mnts or till a tooth pick pricked in the cake comes out clean.

4. Take it out and leave it to cool down.

Chocolate ganache:-

1. Heat a pan and pour the cream. When the cream will become warm add the chocolate. Keep on stirring on a low heat until the chocolate melts and mixes in the cream nicely. Let the sauce make semi thick and then pour it on the cheese cake as a top layer.
2. Refrigerate the Cake over night to set. Decorate as you wish and serve.
Note:-

1.I got small bowls of ready made pie crust which are perfect for the party treats.

2. I am not sure whether cheese cake is available in India or not. But I was searching in the net and I came out with these tip. If we blend the cottage cheese, after straining of the water, till it turns in to a creamy texture, it can become a good substitute of cream cheese. I have not tried this tip yet. But will try it once I am back in India. One more thing to remember if your are using lemon to make cottage cheese then don't forget to rinse it thoroughly under cold water to get rid of the smell of the lemon.



29 comments:

PreeOccupied said...

Happy Holidays to you and your lovely family! That ganache looks perfect, just the ideal topping to go on a cheesecake dessert.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious cake happy holidays to you and family






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Wo..That's a gorgeous looking cheese cake...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Thanks a lot Kamalika for your valuable tip (how to make cheese cake at home). Looks very yummy dessert. Just curious to know tomader proti bochor kano shift korte hoye?

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

sanjeeta kk said...

Love the festive clicks out there. The Ganache looks so chocolaty with the cute frosting on it.
Happy 2011 to you!

Lite Bite

Swathi said...

Kamalika,

where you are planning to move. Decorations looks beautiful . cheese cake looks awesome.You have a cute princess. I bought cannoli forms from amazon. Here is the link
http://www.amazon.com/Fox-Run-Cannoli-Forms-Four/dp/B0000CFMSS

PALATABLE said...

Beautiful and yummy cake, love your presentation too. Wishing you and family a Happy New Year!

http://treatntrick.blogspot.com

Priya said...

Omg, mindblowing cheesecake, soooo tempting and beautiful..

Joanne said...

Moving can be really stressful so I totally understand your frustrations! Where are you moving to?

This cheesecake looks absolutely gorgeous! I'd love a huge bite.

Uma said...

i can understand what u r going through, when you talk of relocation... Take Care.
Wish you a Very Happy and Healthy 2011 :)
dessert looks absolutely divine!

aipi said...

looks very festive,cute and extremely droolworthy...beautiful work


US Masala

Pushpa said...

Looks gorgeous and mouthwatering.

Satrupa said...

Its a gr8 home recipe for cheese cake ..... luv it. I hope you find peace and happiness in the new year in the new land !

Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year

Cheers,
Satrupa

http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

Sulagna said...

Wow this looks so perfect ..Love all your photos !! sHappy New Year to you and your family,Kamalika :)

Akila said...

thats a fantastic one dear...

Angie's Recipes said...

Those cheese cakes look so wonderfully decadent!
Happy New Year!
Angie

Smita Srivastava said...

A very Happy new year to you n ur family , loved going thru ur wonderful blog !!!

- Smita
www.littlefoodjunction.blogspot.com
(fun foods for little eaters

Sayantani said...

seriously ato packing besh jhamelar. sabdhane asis. cheese cake byapok hoeche...anekdin theke bnanor iche kintu hoe ar othe na.
New year er anek shubhechha.

Sarah Naveen said...

Happy New Year!!!!
nice pics...so yummy!!!

Sushma Mallya said...

Wish you & your family a very happy & a prosperous new year kamalika....and cheese cake looks so good, very beautiful and very yummy...

Yummy Team said...

Perfect and beautiful cake..Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous New Year..Take care..

? said...

Happy New Year to you Kamalika!
Love these lovely treats. Looking forward to more from your blog.

Adelina said...

yes, we sometimes feel said when the buzz of the holidays is gone, but shots like yours always bring back great memories- what delightful treats you have there!

Priya's Feast said...

hai,happy new year kamalika....the pics r great and cheesecake with ganache was awesome....pls blog often...

Padhu said...

Wow cake looks fabulous!
Wishes for a very Happy and prosperous 2011.
Padhuskitchen

Silence Sings said...

Thanks to all of u....

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Love your blog. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

Carol said...

Would u kindly give us an Indianised version of cheesecake or any new cheesecake made after your return back whether you used a ready base and which cream cheese. Where do you hunt for substitutes as I too lived abroad and now back here but the same old story, very difficult to get stuff like dear old Dream Whip, ready made pastry, etc.

Silence Sings said...

Dear Carol, right now am settled in Kolkata India. Here almost everything is available in the hyper link markets, like Spencer’s, More, Food Bazaar, etc. I often make cheese cake with the same recipe given above here. Here u will get Philadelphia cream cheese, though it’s quite costly. I made with Britannia cream cheese and I found it very satisfactory. Only I don’t get the readymade crust. So I make the crust with the combination of powdered biscuit and butter. And it tastes grt. Double whipped cream is very rare to find, though u will get the non-dairy double whipped cream in the regular grocery shops. Thanks for stopping by. Do visit again.