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Rich Chocolate Cheesecake

Author/Submitted by: Southern Living
Servings: 12
Categories: Cheesecakes / Chocolate / Desserts

Ingredients:
1 1/2  cups  chocolate wafer crumbs
1/4  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
1/2  cup  butter, melted
24  ounces  cream cheese, softened
3/4  cup  sugar
3    eggs
8  ounces  sour cream
6  squares  semisweet chocolate, melted
1  tablespoon  cocoa
3/4  teaspoon  cocoa
1 1/2  teaspoons  vanilla extract
1/2  cup  whipping cream, whipped

Directions:
Additional whipped cream (optional) Chocolate curls (optional) Almonds (optional) Maraschino cherries (optional) Combine first 3 ingredients, mixing well. Press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan; chill. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until light and fluffy; gradually add sugar, mixing well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in sour cream, melted chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla, mix well. Gently fold in whipped cream; spoon into prepared pan. Bake at 300 for 1 hour. Turn oven off; allow cheesecake to cool in oven an additional 30 minutes. Refrigerate 8 hours. Remove sides of pan and garnish with additional whipped cream, chocolate curls, almonds, and cherries. Yield: 10 to 12 servings.


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