A thing of beauty is a joy forever. A cheese cake that has two types of cheese – cream cheese and mascarpone and two types of chocolate – swirls of both white chocolate and milk chocolate …mixed gently and baked slowly to get a perfectly looking cake! Now that’s what I call a thing of beauty. The fact that this was my first time baking a cheese cake could be very well why I was so excited and so impressed with the results. This whole past week has been nothing but an endless stream of parties. I have lost count of the number …my kids say there have been 5 thus far but then they are only talking about the ones they attended. Boy, why does everyone wait until the holidays to have parties? Well I don’t mean to imply that I hate meeting up with everyone. It’s just that its too many parties and too many people and way too much food.! Plus all that is taking away my ‘alone time’ which was what I intended to do during my break and ‘clean the house’. yes you are right, clean, as in organize the closets, bag old clothes for donation, clean up the pantry – again as in ‘organize and discard’, the shoe closet- same thing again ‘organize and discard’, so you get the idea, right?. Now, however, there seems to be a risk that all those productive activities may never come to fruition. The holidays are going by super fast and before I know it it will be back to school and back to work mode! Yikes.
So what can I do to feel less stressed? The picture of this double chocolate cheese cake that I had seen in a book I got from the local library suddenly popped into my head and my inner voice told me that this cheese cake would be the solution to all my problems. And that it will bring me much peace and nirvana. So I looked up the recipe and rushed to the store to get the ingredients and the pan. Yes, I did not have a springform pan and so picked up the one and only one left at the store. It happened to be a 9 and 3/4 inch one as opposed to the 8 inch one in the recipe. But I was not to be deterred so I upped all the ingredients by 1.5 only to realize that I did not have enough cream cheese. But I did have some mascarpone. And so I just decided to use that instead. I also could not find any chocolate wafers that the recipe asked for so I used oreo cookies instead.
And finally an hour and a half later, I had this beautiful looking cheese cake that I could not stop admiring! It was so pretty looking that I did not want to cut it! 🙂 But we did finally relent and cut it and boy it was just ‘out of the world’, ‘melt in the mouth’ kind of deliciousness. We shared this with some wonderful friends who had stopped by. Thing of beauty. Joy. Peace. Nirvana. All achieved in the same order.
I am bringing this beautiful cheese cake to Angie’s for Fiesta Friday this week.
This recipe is for an 8 inch springform pan. (If you end up with a bigger pan like me then just do everything times 1.5)
Step wise pictures:
Layer the powdered cookies to the base.
Make the filling with cream cheese.
Melt the chocolate.
Mix the melted chocolate with half of the filling
Add the chocolate layer on top of the crust.
Melt the white chocolate pieces.
Mix the melted white chocolate with the other half of the filling.
Pour on top of the chocolate layer and make swirls.
Place on top of a baking tray and bake.