With the winter party season coming to an end, here's one more chance to impress your friends and family with a very smooth and creamy cheesecake -- made with beer. The elegance of cheesecake has not been lost in this recipe, but you'll be amazed at how well beer works here. As you take your first bite, you'll notice nearly all the flavor in this cheesecake comes Boise Brewing's Dark Daisy Chocolate Milk Stout. The chocolate malt flavor and creaminess of Dark Daisy fits nicely with basic cheesecake ingredients and our graham cracker crust. To top if off, the chocolate drizzle has just a bit of kick from our Three Kings Smoky+Spicy+Sweet Blend.
Place a rack at the middle position in the oven. Preheat the oven to 375’. Lightly grease a 9” springform pan.
Place the broken pretzels and nilla wafers in a food processor. Blend until the ingredients begin to resemble crumbs. Add brown sugar and melted butter, blend until thoroughly mixed. Press into the bottom of the greased pan and about 1” up the side.
Bake the crust for 10 - 15 minutes, until it begins to brown. Remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 325°F.
Make the filling, assemble, and bake
While the crust bakes, add the cream cheese, sugar, salt and baking powder together in your stand mixer. Mix on low speed until smooth.
Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl between each addition.
Bake the cake for 40 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 300°F. and cook for an additional 10 - 15 minutes. A digital thermometer should read 170’ inserted 2 inches from the edge of the pan. The center will still jiggle.
Turn off the oven, crack the door and let the cake cool for 1 hour.
Remove cake from the oven and allow to cool at room temperature for 1 hour. Refrigerate for 6 hours.
Make the chocolate drizzle sauce
Combine the chocolate chips, shortening and Three Kings spice blend in a microwave safe dish.
Melt in the microwave oven for 30 seconds on high power, stir. Then cook on high power 15 seconds at a time, stirring between each cycle until chocolate is smooth. Let mixture cool for 1-2 minutes.
Use a fork or cake decorating pastry bag to drizzle the sauce over the cooled cheesecake. Add to one piece at a time or the entire cake. You can practice on a piece of foil or parchment paper.
I love when I get to entertain my inner geek in the name of more flavorful food. This week, I experimented with sous vide cooking. Even better, I got to build and wire a controller to save about $450 of the cost of buying a fancy sous vide machine.