For Christmas this past year, I gave Andrew a 12 days of Christmas themed gifts. Day 12 was 12 months of pie. I promised him that I would make him one pie a month all year since pie is his favorite dessert. Cheesecake counts as pie right? Well it does in my book. January was a chocolate pretzel pie that ended up being a partial fail (and a total blog fail that I never got a post written for it). So I'm making up for it with this one and hope to let you see all the pies I made.
I found this recipe pinned on Pinterest and knew that I had to try it.
Bacon Stout Chocolate Cheesecake (recipe from Tide and Thyme)
4 standard sized graham crackers
1 cup pretzel rods
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
6 Tbsp butter, melted
7 oz dark chocolate (60%)
1 cup stout (a chocolate stout or coffee stout is lovely)
3 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 tbs flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tbs espresso powder
3/4 cup beer-candied bacon, finely chopped
2/3 cup hot fudge sauce
1/2 cup beer-candied bacon, finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp granulated sugar
Cheesecake is my all time favorite dessert. I usually like it plain and simple so its rare for me to make such a "fancy version". It was good overall and very rich (which was good because it kept me from eating the whole thing in less than 2 days). I would prefer it a little sweeter.
I'm a firm believer in making the recipe exactly the first time to see what it is supposed to be and then making changes (if any) the next time. FYI - Paula Deen also follows this policy so you know, all the cool kids do it that way.
So, here are my thoughts on how I will change it next time:
- the candied bacon in the mixture itself got kind of chewy so I would skip it in the batter and only use it as a garnish on top
- I would use sweetened cocoa powder or add some extra sugar
- I used a chocolate stout - I might try and oatmeal stout next time to add a bit more sweetness.
- I would give it another 20 minutes or so in the oven - the middle didn't get baked all the way through and you could really taste the beer.
- Definitely use real do it your self whipped cream. I used the canned stuff (I'll admit it, I was straight up lazy. I even had all the ingredients to do whipped cream.) and it just melts after a few minutes.
Happy Cheesecake making!