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Recipe: Mocha Marble Cheesecake

---------- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.06
 
      Title: Mocha Marble Cheesecake
 Categories: Desserts
      Yield: 1 Cheesecake
 
  1 1/2 c  Chocolate wafer crumbs
      6 tb Melted butter
    1/4 c  Sugar
  1 1/2 ts Instant espresso powder

  1 1/2 oz Milk chocolate
    3/4 ts Instant espresso powder
  1 1/2 ts Boiling water
  1 1/2 lb Cream cheese
    1/2 c  Sugar
  1 1/2 ts Vanilla extract
      2    Eggs
 
  Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8 in. springform pan. Cream cheese and eggs
  should be at room temperature.
  
  Mix chocolate wafer crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and 1 1/2 ts instant
  espresso powder. Press into the bottom, and halfway up the sides of the
  springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature on a rack.
  
  Lower oven temperature to 325.
  
  Chop the milk chocolate finely. Place in a bowl with 3/4 tsp instant
  espresso powder, and add the boiling water. Stir until smooth. Set aside.
  When cool, re-grease the upper part of the pan, above the crust.
  
  Beat cream cheese until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the sugar and
  vanilla and beat again until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Beat in the eggs
  one by one. Stir 1 cup of the batter into the chocolate mixture. Pour the
  remaining batter into baked crust. Spoon or pour the chocolate mixture on
  top, and gently pass a spatula through the mixture a few times to create
  the 'marbled' effect.
  
  Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake until edges are puffed but center is
  still moist, and jiggles a little when tapped, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove
  from the oven, place on rack, and cover with a large inverted bowl, to
  allow to cool slowly. When room temperature, remove the rim of the pan,
  and refrigerate. Cool at least 5 hours, preferably 24, before serving.
  
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MADE this and brought it into work the other night. I think people liked it. Warning: unlike some cheesecakes that contain ricotta, this one is all cream cheese. It is dense, and intensely rich and filling. Eat it in small slices. An 8" springform pan may seem small, but this cheesecake goes a long way. Instant espresso powder seems to be called for in dessert recipes for 'mocha' flavors, but it probably isn't strictly necessary, you could use any instant coffee and the result would be fine.

The 'cover with a bowl' trick worked, by the way. I've had many cheesecakes crack on cooling before, and this one didn't. Maybe it was the 100% cream cheese content, or maybe it was the bowl, but I'm using the bowl trick on my next cheesecake to see if it works.

The chocolate wafers I used are called 'Famous Chocolate Wafers', from Nabisco. I think they're sold mainly for uses like this, not for eating out of the box.

This is from a book of chocolate recipes, A Year in Chocolate, that was one of the birthday presents I got from my nurses. Thanks, guys! More recipes from the book are coming.


GIN
shirogane
meaning: silver
銀行 == ginkou == bank
銀河 == ginga == the Milky Way
Left radical is 'metal', right is an NGU character for 'stop'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Stop and stare at silvery metal'.

STROKE ORDER

I
iya(su)
meaning: medicine, doctor, heal
医者 == isha == doctor
医学 == igaku == medical science
Originally a pictogram of an arrow in its quiver, which was used together with pictograms for 'striking hand' and 'alcohol', i.e., to use alcohol to treat disease. Hm. There is an old Russian proverb which goes: To treat a cold, go to bed, hang your hat on the bedpost, and drink until you see two hats. No, I don't recommend this. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Doctor's bag contains arrow, used for healing'.

STROKE ORDER

A sad moment from the final Gunnm tankoubon. Den has dropped Koyomi from a great height, and her father has run to catch her, breaking her fall with his own body, and saving her life, but being grievously hurt himself in the process. Koyomi, at last reconciled with her father despite his weaknesses (mainly alcohol), holds his head in her lap and cries piteously for help:

"誰か, 医者 を。。。お医者 を 呼ん で!!" ("Dareka, isha o...o-isha o yonde!!"): "Someone, a doctor, call a doctor!!"

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