Update 12/14/16: Since some have had issues with this cake fitting in a standard 7 inch springform pan, I suggest either using an 8 inch springform pan (this set is less than $10 at Walmart and the 8 inch fits inside a 6 quart pot. If you have an 8 quart pot, any 8 inch pan will fit) or a 7 inch springform pan that’s greater than 3 inches deep. If all you have is a 7 inch springform pan that is 3 inches or less deep, simply use less batter for each level, then use the extra batter to make a mini cheesecake that you can then secretly stash in the back of the fridge for yourself (this can be done in a mason jar or mini springform pan).
Let’s give another warm welcome to my sister Marci, who is gracing us with what might be my favorite recipe yet! (And I’m fully aware that I might say that every time. My food brain holds on to its latest delights). Wow your guests with this pressure cooker triple chocolate layered cheesecake . . . or make it all for yourself.
That’s okay too 😉
*This post was first seen on Pressure Cooking Today, where we contribute.
Have you ever noticed how particular people can be about their chocolate? Milk chocolate lovers gag when offered dark. Dark chocolate lovers have to buy anything and everything that claims it’s dark. White chocolate lovers think they love chocolate, not realizing that white chocolate is hardly chocolate. But everyone can at least agree on the fact that chocolate desserts will never disappoint in a crowd. Like never ever.
Since get togethers are the name of the game for the next month (or every Sunday around my house) let’s make sure we make every chocolate lover out there happy and bring the milk, dark and white together in a harmonious creamy, dreamy cheesecake made by my favorite appliance (sorry oven), the electric pressure cooker.
If you haven’t tried making cheesecakes in the pressure cooker yet, you are seriously missing out. The texture is like melt in your mouth fudge and I doubt I will ever make another cheesecake in the oven, ever.
Believe me when I say this triple chocolate layered cheesecake is a complete joy to eat (eat one layer at a time? All three flavors at once? How to decide!).
But let’s not overlook the fact that it is also show stopping and will earn you LOTS of oohs and aahs, which is always a bonus at parties! Bedazzle it with sugared cranberries (or crushed candy canes!) and display that baby on the pedestal it deserves! Happy Holidays everyone!
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 ½ cups chocolate cookie crumbs (I just throw a whole package of oreos in the food processor, measure out what I need and freeze the rest)
- Cheesecake Filling
- 3 (8 oz) ⅓ less fat cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 oz milk chocolate
- 4 oz white chocolate
- 4 oz bittersweet chocolate (as dark as you can find)
- Sugared cranberries (optional)
- Spray a deep dish 7 inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray (could also use an 8 inch springform pan as long as it will fit inside the pot, see pot recommendations above). Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper for easy removal of the cake once it’s done.
- Stir cookie crumbs and melted butter together and press evenly across the bottom and halfway up the sides of the pan. Place in the freezer to set (this can be done 2-3 days in advance).
- Cream the cream cheese with a handheld mixer on low speed until very smooth, scrape the bowl and mix again. Add sugar and cornstarch; continue to scrape and mix the ingredients together on low speed until well combined and smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, continuing to mix and scrape bowl as needed. Finally, add yogurt and vanilla and mix just until blended. Scrape the bowl and continue to stir by hand until smooth, if needed.
- Divide batter into 3 separate bowls (about 2 cups each). Melt the milk chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir. Return the chocolate to the microwave for another 15-30 seconds and stir until it is completely melted and smooth. Whisk into one of the bowls of cheesecake batter. Repeat with the white and dark chocolate (each being stirred into a different bowl of batter). Refrigerate the 3 bowls for 15-20 minutes so they will be more firm for layering.
- Remove the bowls from the fridge. Take the pan with the crust out of the freezer. Time to layer!
- Pour dark chocolate batter into the center of the crust and smooth to form an even layer. Very carefully spoon dollops of the white chocolate batter on top of the dark chocolate, gently smooth over the top (GENTLY so the layers don’t mix together). Repeat with milk chocolate batter.
- Add 1 cup of water to the pressure cooker pot and place trivet inside. Carefully lower the prepared pan onto the trivet. Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position. Cook at high pressure for 45 minutes.
- When pressure cooking is complete, use a 10 minute natural release and then release any remaining pressure.
- Remove pan from pressure cooker and let cool for 10 minutes. Slowly remove the springform ring, being careful not to break the crust. Allow the cake to cool completely and then cover and place in the refrigerator (at least 4 hours, overnight is best).
- Before serving, let stand at room temperature 30-60 minutes. Decorate with sugared cranberries, if desired.
Check out this great post about making cheesecakes in the pressure cooker.
Recipe adapted from Womans Day