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     Nutella Cheesecake

Category   Desserts - Breads
Sub Category   None
Servings   16 (2 pies)

For crust (makes two 8 inch pies)-
3 cups finely-ground oreos or other chocolate cookies
6 Tbsp. granulated sugar
12 Tbsp. butter, melted
For filling-
1 3/4 pounds (3 1/2 eight-ounce packages) cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup Nutella
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream
9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 egg yolks, at room temperature
For chocolate ganache-
8 ounces Nutella
3/4 cup heavy cream
Semi-sweet chocolate chips optional, to thicken ganache

To Make The Crust- (You can also just buy 2 ready-made oreo crusts) Preheat oven to 375F and grease the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan Mix together the cookie crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a springform pan, going up the side of the pan no more than 1/4 inch. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove and let cool. Decrease oven temperature to 325F
To Make The Filling- Meanwhile, in a stand mixer, cream the cream cheese and Nutella on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar and continue mixing until there are no lumps. Add the vanilla extract and heavy cream and stir until combined. Add the melted chocolate and mix together. Add the eggs and yolks one at a time; mix each in before adding the next. Wrap two layers of aluminum foil around the sides of the springform pan so that it is completely sealed. Pour the cheesecake filling into the pan on top of the cooled crust. Bake in a water bath for 60-75 minutes. The outer edges should be set and the center will still jiggle slightly when you move it. (The cake continues cooking after its removed from the oven.) Cool for 30 minutes, then remove the springform rim. Cool completely, then place into the refrigerator for at least 8 hours, overnight is best.
To Make The Nutella Ganache- Heat over low heat or a double boiler the Nutella and cream until the mixture has become one. Cool for about 15 minutes (it should be easy to spread but not runny) and spread onto the cooled cheesecake, or use a pastry bag or fork to drizzle the ganache on top.
The easiest way to melt chocolate is in a double boiler. But if you are in a hurry, the microwave also works great. Just place the chocolate in a microwave-proof bowl, and lower the power to 50%. Then microwave for one minute, then remove and stir. Continue microwaving in 20-30 second intervals, stirring between, until the chocolate is all melted. (Chocolate always goes from melted to burnt quite quickly, so dont overcook!)

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