Toasted Smores Cheesecake
 
Ingredients
Crust
  • 1 1 /2 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 T sugar
  • 6 T melted butter
Cream Cheese Filling
  • 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1⅔ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
Ganache
  • 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1½ tsp. light corn syrup
Marshmallow Topping
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
Crust:
  1. Combine all ingredients and press into a 9 inch springform pan.
  2. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Let cool.
Cheesecake:
  1. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 1 package of the cream cheese, ⅓ cup of the sugar, and the cornstarch together on low until creamy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl several times.
  2. Blend in the remaining cream cheese, one package at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each.
  3. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat in the remaining sugar, then the vanilla.
  4. Blend in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
  5. Beat in the cream just until completely blended.
  6. The filling will look light, creamy, airy, and almost like billowy clouds. Be careful not to overmix! Gently spoon the batter over the crust. Wrap the sides of the pan in aluminum foil.
  7. Place the cake pan in a large shallow pan containing hot water that comes halfway (about 1 inch) up the side of the springform. (Alternatively, use a cheesecake moat-my fave!) Bake until the edge is light golden brown, the top is light gold, and the center barely jiggles, about 1¼ hours. If the cake still feels soft around the edge, let it bake for 10 minutes more (the cooking time will be about the same for both the 8- and 9-inch cheesecakes). Remove the cheesecake from the water bath, transfer to a wire rack, and let cool for 2 hours. Chill until cold.
Ganache
  1. Heat cream in microwave until hot.
  2. Pour over the chocolate.
  3. Let sit 2 mins.
  4. Whisk smooth and add corn syrup.
  5. Let sit to thicken or pop in fridge a while.
  6. Once cake is cold, pour on about half the ganache. (reserve rest for ice cream sundaes!)
  7. Chill again!
Marshmallow Topping
  1. In a heat proof bowl that connects to your stand mixer, combine egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar and salt.
  2. Carefully set the bowl over a saucepan that is filled with a few inches of simmering water.
  3. Heat the egg white mixture while whisking.
  4. You want all of the sugar to dissolve.
  5. This takes about 4 minutes.
  6. Transfer the mixing bowl back to your mixer and with the whisk attachment, beat on high about 9 minutes.
  7. Spread on the cake.
  8. Torch with a brulee torch!
  9. Keep in fridge.
Recipe by Hugs and Cookies XOXO at https://hugsandcookiesxoxo.com/toasted-smores-cheesecake/