About this recipe: This is a simple and easy chocolate cheesecake recipe that will be loved by chocolate addicts and cheesecake aficionados alike. It's a no-frills chocolate cheesecake recipe - so use the best chocolate you can afford.
Don't overbake: While it may look underdone, a cheesecake is actually done when the centre is still wobbly. Residual heat 'carries over' and the centre continues to cook once out of the oven.
Remove the cheesecake from the oven to cool on a rack, or simply leave the oven door closed, turn off the heat and let the cheesecake cool undisturbed for at least 1 hour. This helps prevent the cheesecake from sinking in the centre. After chilling, the once-wobbly centre should firm up beautifully!
Bake in a water bath: The most effective way to bake a cheesecake evenly without browning the top is to bake in a water bath. Since water evaporates at boiling point, the water bath will never get hotter than 100C, no matter the oven temperature. This means that the outer edge of your cheesecake won't bake faster than the centre, which can cause it to sink and crack.
Mixing matters: Make sure your cream cheese and eggs are at room temperature before mixing, or you'll end up with lumps in your cheesecake. If you do end up with lumps in the batter, give it a quick spin in the food processor for silky smooth results.
Don't forget to chill: A cheesecake needs several hours to chill and set, making it a perfect make-ahead dessert.
For more easy tips on how to make a perfect cheesecake, check out our Perfect cheesecake tips how-to guide.
This is in my oven as we speak looking at it i just want to eat it now ...its painful having to wait so long ...but this is for dessert for tomorrow ...if the kids dont get at it lol ..very easy to follow this is my 2nd cheesecake to make the first one i just winged it ...and a bottle of baileys later ...well went down well with the kids*( i say kids they are 23,22,21,18 ) now lets see if this will last the chilling time lol Thank you for a easy but great Cheesecake - 02 Aug 2015