Ingredients & Prices
5 Cups Cream Cheese - $8.90
Scant 1 Cup Sugar - $0.32
2 tsp vanilla essence - $0.20 (my vanilla)
4 Eggs - $0.56
3/4 Cup Sour Cream - $0.71
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder - $0.07
For the Base
7 oz Chocolate biscuits, crushed - $0.78
8 Tbsp Butter, melted - $0.59
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon - $0.02
Generalized Instructions from the Book (see the book in the background)
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease the base of either a 9x3 springform tin OR a 9x13 casserole dish if you don't have the former (like me). Mix the crushed biscuits with the butter and cinnamon.
|I crushed the biscuits in the processor.|
Press into base of tin to make crust.
Melt the chocolate and set aside.
Toward the end, I held the pot high over the flame, so the chocolate would not burn.
Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Note that you really should have room temp. cream cheese, else your mixer will get mad at you. Mine did.
Add the sugar and vanilla essence and beat some more. (I used my homemade stuff). It gets much easier once you've added the sugar. Notice my grumpy face below. I looked up the term "scant" in the dictionary, and it said grudgingly giving the minimum. Thus I grudgingly add the sugar...just barely.
Add the eggs, one at a time.
In another bowl, mix together the sour cream and cocoa powder.
Add to the cream cheese mixture.
Add in the chocolate. YUM.
Finally, pour it all into your baking dish and bake for 1 hour.
Take it out and let it cool for a while. Serve chilled.
Total Cost of Cheesecake to serve 10-12: $15.04
So, if ever you think that a slice of pie for $8 is too much, make your own!