Chocolate Orange Mascarpone Cheesecake Pie

adapted from Chocolate Treats

Makes 1 8-inch spring form pan, or 4-8 ramekins, depending on size

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus 3-4 hours of chill time

Cost: Oh, heck, it's more than I'd like, but it's still just so incredible for a special occasion or for any occasion when you find mascarpone on sale. Also, I usually halve it and that cuts cost. Also, let me state for the record that it's still so much cheaper than going out for a treat. The whole thing costs about $6.75

butter: .25, mascarpone: $4-5, sugar: .40, chocolate: 1.00, other stuff: .10


Note: You can probably make this with cream cheese instead of mascarpone. I realize that it is way cheaper. And it would probably be fine. But it will not be the incredible, amazing, awesome dessert that this is unless you use mascarpone. It just won't. 


Another note: This crust is really great, but sometimes I just skip it and it's completely great anyway.


Another note: This is supposed to be made in an 8-inch spring form pan. I only have a 10-inch, so I always make this in ramekins.


Still another note: You can omit the orange if you don't have it or don't like it. However, if you do you might want to add 1/4 tsp almond extract to give it just that little something special. 


Crust:

4 Tbsp butter, melted, plus extra for greasing

1 C (about 15 squares) finely crushed graham crackers

2 Tbsp sugar

2 tsp cocoa


Creamy part:

1 lb - 1 lb 12 oz mascarpone cheese (Does that range sound odd to you? The original recipe called for 1 lb 12 oz. I made it that way. Then the next time I made this, I somehow skipped the 12 oz. part. It still turned out great when I skipped part of the mascarpone. It was a bit thicker, yes, but not too thick. Don't you just love it when a recipe can be screwed up and still turn out tasting gourmet? I know I do.)

1 1/2 C confectioner's sugar, sifted

juice of 1/2 orange

finely grated zest (Note: The original recipe said to add that from your orange. I think this is toooo much. I added a tsp or two. I'd say to go by taste, but know this: The strength of the orange taste will increase as this chills, so go a little less than you think you'd like.)

6 oz dark chocolate, melted

2 Tbsp vanilla


To make the crust:


Put crushed graham crackers, sugar, cocoa, and butter into a bowl (or your pan if you're lazy like me). Mix it together and press evenly into pan or your ramekins. 


To make creamy part:


Beat together mascarpone and sugar. Beat in juice and zest. Beat in melted chocolate (I melt mine in the microwave in 20-30 second intervals, stirring in between). Add vanilla and beat. 


Spread this over your crust. 


Chill for 4 hours. 


Garnish with curls of orange rind if you're fancy. I'm not. 


Posted by The Tasty Cheapskate: tastycheapskate.blogspot.com

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