I have a list of new foods I want to make this year that I will document on this blog. I cook and bake all the time, but I don’t think you all want to read about the bacon and eggs I made for breakfast, although they were pretty tasty – so maybe I should write about them! Two of those foods on my new recipes list are flourless chocolate cake and cheesecake. Today I have combined the two for a copycat version of The Cheesecake Factory’s Toasted S’mores Chocolate Cheesecake. (If you’re not drawn in by that sentence alone, then I’m not sure how else this blog would interest you.)
In searching for some type of s’mores dessert I happened upon this lovely blog with a great recipe for a copycat s’mores cheesecake. Check it out for the full recipe on how to make it. There are a few big steps in compiling the dessert, but the recipe is laid out in an easy to grasp method.
Part 1: Crust
I wanted to add an element of graham cracker aside from just adding one as a garnish so I chose to make an Oreo and graham cracker crust. We are off to a good start just with that because Oreos, graham crackers and butter are delicious.
I started off crushing them in a bag but once I realized that wasn’t going to create a fine enough crust I pulled out a blender. Once the crumbs were fine enough I added the melted butter to create the crust. From there, I dumped it out into my spring form pan and used a cup to push it into place. (Click on any of the pictures to see more detail.)
Part 2: Flourless Chocolate Cake
Next step was creating the bottom layer which is the flourless chocolate cake. Let me say I’m drooling just writing this. It is a combination of melted butter, melted chocolate, sugar, eggs and cocoa powder. I first melted the butter and chocolate together and then added the sugar. I added the eggs in one at a time. From there I added half of the cocoa powder. Let me warn you, stir it slowly! It takes some time to incorporate. If you’ve ever struggled with hot chocolate powder mixing into milk…this presents the same dilemma.
The middle layer is chocolate cheesecake. It is a combination of melted chocolate, sugar, eggs and cream cheese. It may not look the prettiest while in the bowl but the end product is spectacular!
Once you have your layers ready, it is time to bake. The flourless chocolate cake goes on the bottom, then the cheesecake goes on top. I baked mine for 45 minutes with the oven at 350. Once it is cooked let it cool for a few hours before adding the mousse topping.
The final layer is a combination of whipped cream and chocolate. It says this creates a mousse but all it did for me was create whipped cream speckled with chocolate. Still delicious, but I was thinking along the lines of a pudding-like mousse.
Now it wouldn’t be a s’mores cheesecake without some marshmallows! The recipe called for making a marshmallow mixture, but I went for just broiling some marshmallows in the oven. Just as tasty!
Part 6: Sit back and enjoy!
All that is left is to enjoy the fruits of your labor and share it with those you care about because sharing chocolate is caring.
In the midst of a chocolate coma,