PEPPERMINT BARK WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE
1 (10 oz. package ) Grasshopper Mint cookies, crushed
6 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
(you can also buy a pre-maid chocolate crumb crust )
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/8 cup cold water
¼ cup boiling water
½ cup sugar, I use extra fine baker’s sugar
1 (8 oz package) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
8 oz. white chocolate baking bar, melted (reserve 3 tablespoons of the melted white chocolate)
1 cup whipping cream
2 drops peppermint extract, divided
1 ½ teaspoons peppermint sprinkles
1 drop of red food coloring
Peppermint Bark Swirl:
3.5 oz. peppermint bark, chopped
2 ½ tablespoons whipping cream
Whipping cream, chocolate sauce* and crushed candy canes for garnish
In small bowl, combine crust ingredients; mix well. Press in bottom of 8-inch springform pan. Set aside.
In small saucepan, pour gelatin over cold water; let stand 1 minute. Add boiling water and sugar; stir over medium heat until mixture is hot and gelatin and sugar are dissolved.
In a heavy saucepan or double boiler on low heat, warm 2.5 oz. tablespoons whipping cream. Add chopped peppermint bark chocolate. Constantly stir until almost melted. Remove from heat and continue stirring until smooth. It will finish melting as you stir it. Set aside.
In a heavy saucepan or double boiler, melt white chocolate on low heat, stirring constantly until it is almost completely melted. Remove from heat and continue stirring until smooth. It will finish melting as you stir it.
In large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until creamy. Gradually add melted baking bar, gelatin mixture , whipping cream, one drop of peppermint extract and 1 ½ teaspoons peppermint sprinkles. Beat until smooth. Pour into crust lined pan.
In the reserved white chocolate, put one drop red food coloring and 1 small drop of peppermint extract. Mix well.
Spoon about 5 teaspoons full of the peppermint bark mixture onto the top of the cheesecake in a circular pattern. Put a small dollop of the reserved white chocolate on each chocolate peppermint bark teaspoon dot. Using a knife in a circular motion, gently swirl the peppermint bark mixture into the cheesecake. Gradually add more dollops of the peppermint bark to make more swirls with the knife. Continue to add more of the peppermint bark until your cheesecake has the desired amount of swirls.
Cover; refrigerate 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours or until firm.
Just before serving, run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Carefully remove sides of pan. Garnish with whipping cream, crushed candy cane and chocolate sauce. Store in refrigerator.
*To make chocolate sauce, melt 2 oz. semi sweet chocolate with 3 – 4 Tablespoons whipping cream and voila you have your sauce.