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 Mocha Swirl Cheesecake

Crust:
1 cup chocolate wafer crumbs
1/2 cup chopped pecans or almonds
3 Tbsp. stick butter or margarine, melted
3 Tbsp. sugar

Filling:
3 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 egg whites
1-1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsp. sugar
1-1/4 tsp. instant coffee crystals
1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

 

Mix chocolate crumbs, pecans, butter, and 3 Tbsp. sugar in bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Pat mixture evenly onto bottom of pan; set aside while preparing filling.

Beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar in large bowl until fluffy; beat in eggs, egg whites, cornstarch, and salt. Beat in sour cream and vanilla until well blended. Remove 1/2 cup cheesecake batter. Stir in 3 tablespoons sugar, instant coffee crystals, and cocoa until well combined. Pour half of plain batter into crust in pan. Top with 5 spoonfuls of coffee batter. Using tip of knife or spatula, gently swirl coffee batter into cheesecake. Repeat with remaining batters. Bake in preheated 325 degree F oven 45 to 50 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove cheesecake to wire rack. Gently run metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake. Let cheesecake cool completely; cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving. To serve, remove side of springform pan. Makes 16 servings.

 


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