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Cappuccino/Mocha Cheesecake

Emmaline's picture

It was only a matter of time... I'm known for my cheesecakes and cheesecake/cake combos a la Junior's but now I've been asked if I could "please, please, please" bring a coffee-flavored cheesecake for Thanksgiving dinner.  Unfortunately, I have what some might consider a deep character flaw... I abhor coffee.  I've checked out the T&T cheesecakes but I was wondering if some kind, coffee-loving {shudder} soul could point me towards a recipe I can make without - and this important - having to taste it.  I need a cheesecake recipe I can follow to a T and trust that it will turn out beautifully.  Any suggestions coffee/cheesecake lovers?  Thanks!


Emmy


"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already." - Dave Barry


 


 


 

teebee's picture

(post #66830, reply #1 of 22)

I have three suggestions for you. First, I know that Pam Anderson is supposed to be fielding turkey questions about Thanksgiving in the "Ask the experts" section, however, I recall seeing a "tiramisu cheesecake" recipe of hers in USA Weekend (she is a food editor for them)a few years ago. Maybe she could post the recipe or a link (never hurts to ask!). Also, Nicole Rees is taking questions on holiday desserts, so she may be able to give you advice.

Secondly, would the people who suggested coffee cheesecake consider tiramisu? There are two recipes in the FC files. I have made Joanne Chang's recipe twice, and it is excellent.

Thirdly, there was a thread a while ago about Bailey's Irish Cream Chocoalte Cheesecakes in the "Looking for a Recipe." The recipe I use is posted there, and I can tell you that I get requests for it often. I think that this would go over well, and even people who don't like coffee (my DH included) love this cheesecake.

Just some ideas for you. I'm sure that someone will have a recipe.

bessieheath's picture

(post #66830, reply #2 of 22)

Here's an Orane Cappucino Cheesecake that I've made a couple of times.  I'm ashamed to say what book it's from, so you'll have to take my word for it:


 


1 1/2 cups finey chopped nuts


1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided


3 tablespoons butter, melted


4 packages cream cheese, softened


3 tablespoons all-purpose flour


4 eggs


1 cup our cream


1 tablespoon instant coffee powder


1/4 taspoon ground cinnamon


1/4 cup orange juice


grated zest of one orange


Preheat oven to 325.  Combine nuts, 2 tablespoos of the sugar and the butter, press into bottom of 9-inch springform pan.  Bake 10 minutes.  Reove from oven.  Increase oven temprature to 450.  Beat together cream cheese, the remaning cup sugar and the flour in large bowl until well blended.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Blend in sour cream.  Add coffee powder and cinnamon to orange juice; stir until coffee is dissolved.  Gradually add juice mixture with orange zest to cream cheese mixture, mixing until well blended.  Pour over crust.  Bake 10 mintes.  Reduce oven temperature to 250; continue baking 1 hour.  Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing im of pan.  Refrigerate.  Sprinkle top of cheesecakewith cinnamon sugar, if desired.  Garnish with wipped cream, if desired.


My sweetheart dislikes coffee, too, so it's been a number of years since I made this cake.  I don't recall how it worked out doing the hot oven for 10 minutes, then the very low oven.  You should probably bake this cake the same way you'd do any cheesecake.  I remember this being quite delish.


Hope this helps.


Bessie

Emmaline's picture

(post #66830, reply #3 of 22)

OK, I would never have thought of putting coffee and orange together.  (Although, now I'm craving one of those chocolate oranges - LOL!)


Teebee - I don't know why tiramisu wouldn't qualify.


I'm kind of leaning towards Bon Appetit's Cappuccino-Fudge Cheesecake.  But I haven't made any final decisions.  Has anyone made this?


Emmy


"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already." - Dave Barry

Adele's picture

(post #66830, reply #4 of 22)

I haven't made it, but may I make a suggestion?  Go ahead and make it, freeze it & overnight it to me.  I'll taste test it for you.   Cappuccino-Fudge Cheesecake?  My mouth is watering just thinking of it.  Don't suppose a kind soul who has the mag would post the recipe?  (She asks in all seriousness with cookie baking next two weekends- LOL)

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Rae's picture

(post #66830, reply #5 of 22)

Adele's picture

(post #66830, reply #7 of 22)

Thank you so much for looking it up for me.  (I'm trying to catch up)

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Emmaline's picture

(post #66830, reply #8 of 22)

Good try Adele but I think I'd have to declare the cheesecake as a hazardous material, which would pretty much guarantee that the employees at FedEx would beat you to it.


I discussed the cappuccino-fudge cheesecake recipe with my cousin, who expressed her horror at the 2lbs of cream cheese.  I felt I had no choice but to remove her size 4-colored glasses by informing her that the chocolate cheesecake I made for Christmas Eve last year - which she LOVED - had 2 1/2 lbs. of cream cheese and 1/2 c. sour cream, plus the usual suspects - sugar, eggs and chocolate... not to mention the raspberry sauce swirl and ganache glaze.  I went too far when I told her that the cream cheese frosting on the red velvet cake she demands every year for her birthday has a 1 lb. of cream cheese, 1 1/2 sticks of butter... I had to stop when she started whimpering.  I think she may require therapy. 


Good baking and growing old - it's not for wusses.


Emmy


"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already." - Dave Barry

Jean's picture

(post #66830, reply #9 of 22)

LOL  You are too funny!



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Emmaline's picture

(post #66830, reply #10 of 22)

There was actual whimpering... followed by my actual laughter... followed by claims that I wasn't being nice.  I told her that I was disappointed in her - she'd known me long enough to know that I'm sweet - not nice.  


Emmy


"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already." - Dave Barry

suz's picture

(post #66830, reply #12 of 22)

I just finished reading the recipe for the Cappacino Fudge Cheesecake and I also started to whimper and quickly saved it in my Epicurious recipe box (for safe keeping)  I think your search is over as you 'have to' make this and then tell us all about it.

Emmaline's picture

(post #66830, reply #14 of 22)

Yes, Suz, but you were whimpering in delight and anticipation - my cousin was whimpering like Dorothy after her dreams had been crushed upon discovering an old guy behind a curtain.  It's not like I listed the ingredients in a hot dog - that would be a clear violation of the Constitution, which forbids cruel and unusual punishments.


Emmy


"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already." - Dave Barry


 

MadMom's picture

(post #66830, reply #15 of 22)

Love it...anyone who is a size 4 deserves to be fed cream cheese by the pound.



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Emmaline's picture

(post #66830, reply #16 of 22)

Don't worry... she's about 9 years younger than me.  Just wait until she hits her mid-late 40s... genetics and family get-togethers, with more food than some small nations, will get her in the end... literally... about the hips as well.  ;^)


Emmy


"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already." - Dave Barry

MadMom's picture

(post #66830, reply #17 of 22)

I know.  I weighed 114 lbs when I graduated from college.  Now I would kill to weigh forty (or fifty, LOL) lbs more than that.  No matter how much I ate (and I ate about four times as much as I can eat now) I could not gain weight.  I think the calories were just hiding behind the door waiting for me to pass fifty.



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helena1's picture

(post #66830, reply #11 of 22)

I have made that one several times and it's definately wonderful :o)

Emmaline's picture

(post #66830, reply #13 of 22)

Helena1 - you, my dear, are just what I need!!  You've made the recipe before and liked it??  OK - here are my questions:


1) the recipe calls for what seems like a lot of coffee - it's not too much?  I've read the reviews and they seem a little mixed, which concerns me.  Since I'll be making this cheesecake the equivilant of baking blind - no point in tasting for flavor since it would just make me run for a toothbrush to begin scraping my tongue - hardly helpful - I need to know the recipe is dead on or what modifications to make.


2) the recipe calls for a medium grind coffee to be added - this doesn't make it grainy?  I've used espresso powder (in a recipe a friend gave me) and Kahlua before - the Kahlua Fudge Bites have always been a hit on cookie trays - but never actual coffee.


I would be oh-so-indebted if you could answer my humble queries... thanks!


Emmy


"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already." - Dave Barry


 


 

helena1's picture

(post #66830, reply #18 of 22)

I should have told you I made a few adjustments ;o). I did not use the coffee grind, because I didn't like the concept of gritty coffee in my cheesecake. So I simply left it out with no ill effects (noone knew any better anyway!). I used the espresso powder in the filling and dissolved it in a little water before I added it. No problems at all there, and I didn't think it was too much.


When making it, I worried about the amount of Kahlua in the ganache, but when it was done, I thought it was perfectly balanced. I didn't find the whole thing overly coffee-ish either. Hope that helps you!


Emmaline's picture

(post #66830, reply #19 of 22)

Helena1 - I totally understand - I'm forever modifying recipes to suit my own tastes.  So, you just used the 2T of espresso powder called for and left out the 2T of ground coffee or did you increase the amount of espresso powder to compensate for the loss of ground coffee?  Do you think I could put 3T of powder in the filling or would that be too much?  I'm not sure how much stronger, if at all, the espresso powder is compared to the flavor imparted by the ground coffee.


Maybe I'd just be better off making whatever cheesecake I want and telling them that if they want coffee-flavored cheesecake they should take a bite of cheesecake, take a sip of coffee, swish it around in their mouths and swallow.  ;^D


Emmy


"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already." - Dave Barry

helena1's picture

(post #66830, reply #20 of 22)

I just left out the ground coffee and didn't adjust the 2T of espresso powder :o). I always figure that I'm the only one who knows the recipe and thus the only one who knows something was left out. I haven't had any complaints so far ;oP.


Love your solution about the whole cheesecake request :o). I promiss you though that you will score with this one. I did find it a little 'involved' for a cheesecake though.


If I may make a suggestion to save you some headache about this: make your regular cheesecake (assuming it doesn't have a particular flavor like citrus or anything) and add the Kahlua ganache/fudge topping to it. Then you'll have your trusted recipe that you just add something to and it won't even impact your baking process. You can just top your cheesecake with it and declare it the coffee-flavored one. If you want to get more adventurous, use your own recipe to which you add 2T espresso powder and the ganache.


Good luck :o)


Emmaline's picture

(post #66830, reply #21 of 22)

Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner.  Since I was only at work 2 days last week all our "crazy" clients came out of the woodwork this week - holidays are huge stress bombs for people going through a divorce.  At least this Thanksgiving I didn't have a client call and wake me at 7:30am because his wife was refusing to bring the kids to their custody exchange. 


Anyway... the cappuccino-fudge cheesecake was a big hit.  One person thought the coffee flavor was a little too strong - I added an extra 1/2 T. of espresso powder to compensate for not adding the 2T. of ground coffee.  But everyone else boo-hooed him and said it was great.  I did find the crust a little sticky to work with and if doing again would probably not add the 6 oz. of chocolate.  I think 20 oz. of chocolate in a cheesecake is enough.  Crazy talk but true nonetheless.


Thanks again for your help on this... I hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with sometimes crazy and demanding but always loving family and friends.


Emmy


"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already." - Dave Barry

helena1's picture

(post #66830, reply #22 of 22)

I'm so glad you had so much succes with it!! HAppy holidays to you too and thanks for letting me know :o)

FL.Cook's picture

(post #66830, reply #6 of 22)

I haven't made it yet, but it sounds wonderful.


http://www.coffeeandteawarehouse.com/index.cfm?method=recipes.recipe&recipeid=24

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