Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake (and road-testing a Profiline Pushpan)

December 11, 2012

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Ok so it’s a little strange to post another cheesecake recipe so soon after this one but I just bought myself one of those nifty Profiline Pushpan cake tins and I really wanted to test it out. For those that aren’t sure what I’m talking about, it’s a loose-bottomed cake tin with a water-tight silicone seal around the base making it perfect for baking in a waterbath. Usually with the normal springform tins, you’d had to wrap it in layers and layers of foil like a crazy woman to stop any water getting into the tin. But of course this was always a pain in the arse because water, that sneaky bastard, will always find a way through and ruin those precious crusts. And in this chocolate cherry cheesecake, a ruined crust is the last thing you want!

chocolate cherry cheesecake

I went against all nagging thoughts to think of the cheesecake and wrap the Pushpan, just in case, but I pressed on and chucked it straight into the water bath naked. And I was prepared to be faced with a soggy mess. I guess you could already tell from the photos that it worked and I didn’t end up cranky. Though when I did have a peek down the sides, I saw drops of water around the crust and thought uh-oh. So instead of chilling the cake in the tin, I carefully unmolded it. And yes, there was a tiny bit of moisture but it was nothing to cry about and after drying off the beads of water and a stint in the fridge, the crust firmed up and it didn’t turn out soggy at all.

chocolate cherry cheesecake

But enough rattling, get to the bloody cake I hear you say. Nigella Lawson is and always will be, the queen of cheesecakes; so no surprises that I turned to another one of her recipes happily. Chocolate, always a crowd pleaser, but with the extra punch of sour cherries? Oh yes, make mine a double please. Because ’tis the season to get festive and campy, I simply had to dress it up with sugared cherries. But really, you don’t need any extras or flourishes with this cake. Its rich, smooth and creamy texture is more than enough to satisfy. And unlike the last cheesecake outing, I definitely made this one more for me than anybody else.

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chocolate cherry cheesecake

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake
Serves 8
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Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Cheesecake
  1. 150g plain chocolate biscuits (such as Arnotts Ripple)
  2. 50g unsalted butter, melted
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 170g dark chocolate, melted and cooled a little
  5. 500g cream cheese (room temperature)
  6. 100g sour cream (room temperature)
  7. 135g caster sugar
  8. 2 tsps cornflour or custard powder
  9. 3 eggs (room temperature)
  10. 2 egg yolks (room temperature)
  11. 3 Tbl cherry syrup* or cherry jam
  12. About 1 cup of cherries**
Cherry Compote
  1. ***200ml water (or juice from a jar of morello cherries)
  2. 1 Tbl fresh lemon juice
  3. 120g sugar
  4. 500g cherries, pitted (frozen, fresh or drained morello cherries)
Cheesecake
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and lightly butter a 20cm non-stick springform pan. Wrap the bottom of the tin well with at least 2 layers of aluminium foil if you’re using a standard springform tin.
  2. In a food processor, blitz the biscuits, butter and salt until clumpy then press into the tin so that it’s level-ish and compact. Refrigerate until required then put a full kettle on boil.
  3. Beat the cream cheese and sour cream in a food processor until smooth and free of lumps. Blitz in the sugar and cornflour then the eggs. Mix through the melted chocolate and cherry syrup and leave batter to rest for about 20-30 minutes to release any air bubbles.
  4. Scatter the cherries over the biscuit base then pour in the cheesecake batter over the top. Place the pan inside a deep roasting tray then transfer to the oven. Carefully pour in the boiled water until it comes halfway up the tin.
  5. Bake for about 45-50 minutes or until the sides and top is just set but it’s wobbly and jiggly underneath. Switch off the heat then carefully remove from oven. Lift the pan out of the water, remove the foil then place on another tray.
  6. With a thin offset spatula, gently run it around the cheesecake to loosen the sides from the tin (cheesecakes contracts as it cools so this will prevent it from splitting in the middle). Return the cheesecake to the oven with the door ajar to cool down completely then chill in the fridge overnight.
Cherry Compote
  1. Combine water/cherry juice, lemon juice and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cook for about 10-12 minutes or until it has reduced to a light syrup.
  2. Lower the heat and add the cherries and cook until the fruit has just softened a little but not broken down). Cool the compote completely then store in a clean glass jar in the fridge. This makes just over 500ml of compote (you can use the leftover for other recipes or as a topping with yoghurt, ice cream or cake. The syrup itself is excellent for cocktails).
Notes
  1. *From cherry compote recipe
  2. **Feel free to use either fresh halved and pitted cherries, drained morello sour cherries (from the jar) or drained cherries from the cherry compote (recipe at the bottom)
  3. ***I made this using jarred morello cherries (replacing the water for the cherry juice from the jar) but you can use fresh or frozen sour cherries instead.
Citrus and Candy http://www.citrusandcandy.com/
Adapted from a recipe by Nigella Lawson

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Snezhana November 12, 2014 at 06:40

Hi, looks incredible! Wanting to make this now but a little confused: when you say corn flour do you mean cornstarch? Let me know! Thanks!

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Citrus and Candy November 12, 2014 at 11:29

Yep they’re absolutely the same thing. We just say cornflour instead of cornstarch in Australia :)

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Faye March 23, 2013 at 02:19

This chocolate cherry cheesecake recipe looks so yummy.

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Mila March 23, 2013 at 00:09

This recipe is great! Instead of cherries I put raspberries and it turned out great! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe :)

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Citrus and Candy March 23, 2013 at 23:46

You’re welcome Mila and thrilled you enjoyed it. Raspberries would’ve been amazing in this cheesecake *drools*

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Laura@bakinginpyjamas December 29, 2012 at 05:31

Such a pretty looking cheesecake, I love the darkness of the chocolate and deep red of the Cherries against each other.
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Lisa December 17, 2012 at 15:50

These photos are amazing Karen!! Cheesecake looks delicious too. I might add the pan to my Christmas list hehe
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Sophia December 16, 2012 at 09:45

What stunning pictures and the addition of cherries to a chocolate cheesecake sounds delicious!
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Tiffany December 15, 2012 at 04:33

Okay….I almost just finished drooling over your Creme Brulee, now this! Wow- What can’t you make?! http://www.at-altitude.com/35-amazing-eggnog-recipes-for-the-holidays/#
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Chocolate bags December 14, 2012 at 13:15

Awesome post! I love chocolate very much. And I give a lot of thanks for your sharing the methods for preparation of Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake.

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Phuoc'n Delicious December 14, 2012 at 11:02

SEXY…. You’re making me salivate just thinking about having a slice of that!

I never knew a cake tin like this existed! Where can I get one?
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Citrus and Candy December 14, 2012 at 13:44

Hi hi! I got the pan from Myers. The 20cm one specifically is from Parramatta :)

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Hazel @ The Cupcake Ballroom December 13, 2012 at 22:55

Oh my…so mouth-watering! Now you’ve made me hungry for some cheesecake.
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Melanie December 13, 2012 at 21:00

Sinful! I am really coming around to the whole chocolate and cherry combo–I must say I have only had the occasional slice of grocery store black forest cake. Spending time in Oz this summer, I am seeing this flavour combo everywhere! Time to jump on board (with this recipe!).

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Suzanne Perazzini December 13, 2012 at 19:30

Your photos are glorious and that cheesecake looks so real I could eat it off the page.
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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet December 13, 2012 at 11:07

This cheesecake is gorgeous. I love your styling and photography.
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Patricia @ The Answer Is Cake December 12, 2012 at 21:25

That is such an elegant looking cheesecake. Love it!
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Christine @ Cooking Crusade December 12, 2012 at 18:40

I love Nigella’s cheesecake recipes. Her white chocolate raspberry cheesecake is a killer recipe! And man I need one of those pushpans – that sounds genius!
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thecitygourmand December 12, 2012 at 14:20

Nigella, screaming decadence yet again. A beautiful end result though!
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Stephanie - The Dessert Spoon December 11, 2012 at 21:54

Beautiful photos!
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thelittleloaf December 11, 2012 at 19:15

Anything Nigella gets my vote! And love the combination of chocolate and cherries. Your sparkling cherries on top are gorgeous – so festive!
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Vicky December 11, 2012 at 15:44

Oh yum!! Chocolate and cherry is such a perfect pair. Gotta try this!
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sarvani @ baker in disguise December 11, 2012 at 15:34

what an absolutely gorgeous looking cheese cake and you can’t go wrong with chocolate and cherries.. and yours pics are one of the best!!
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Reemski December 11, 2012 at 14:38

Wow, Karen, that looks magnificent!
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The Food Sage December 11, 2012 at 12:51

I love cheesecake. And cherries. My partner loves chocolate. This sounds like the perfect compromise. Printing it as we speak! It’s slap bang at the top of the Christmas dessert menu.
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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 11, 2012 at 11:37

This is stunning!!

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Jacq December 11, 2012 at 10:35

I had no idea they made watertight tins these days! I’ve always steered away from cheesecakes just because I could not be bothered with the foil and the waterbath but it sounds like I need to get me one of those tins
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jaime @ sweet road December 11, 2012 at 10:07

I see no problem with multiple cheesecake recipes! Especially when chocolate and cherries are involved. It’s such a rich and tart combination that makes great flavors for dessert without going overboard on the sweetness!
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Sarah December 11, 2012 at 09:40

This looks absolutely luscious. Perfect texture for a cheesecake!
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Tina @ bitemeshowme December 11, 2012 at 09:11

I love nigella and her recipes too. Have to say they are so very moreish and how can anyone not enjoy devouring it? I’ve not heard of the pushpans before but it was inevitable that such a baking tool would exist.
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john@heneedsfood December 11, 2012 at 07:51

Oh good lord. So decadent! I just love morello’s!

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