Impress your friends with a fancy dessert. Just don't let them know how simple it was to make this beautiful and delicious cheesecake.
Step 1: Mix crumbs, butter, and sugar Mix the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in the ungreased springform pan. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan to form the cheesecake crust.
TIP: You can use two 9-inch graham cracker crusts instead of the springform crust.
Step 2: Melt the gelatin in water over low heat Combine the gelatin and water in a small saucepan, and let it sit for 1 minute. Then place it over low heat, stirring constantly until the gelatin melts completely. Then remove it from the heat.
TIP: You can also substitute orange juice for the water and garnish with grated orange peel for a twist on the traditional cheesecake.
Step 3: Melt chocolate chips Melt the chocolate chips in a small saucepan, stirring constantly.
Step 4: Mix cream cheese, chocolate, and milk Mix the melted chocolate with the cream cheese in a large bowl until it's fluffy. Then add the condensed milk and beat until the mixture is smooth.
Step 5: Stir in gelatin and whipping cream Stir the gelatin into your cream cheese mixture and fold in the whipping cream.
Step 6: Pour into pan and refrigerate Pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust and refrigerate your cheesecake for 3 hours.
Step 7: Run knife around edge, and remove from pan Run a knife around the edge of your cheesecake to loosen it. Remove the side of the springform pan, garnish the cake with chocolate shavings, and serve.
FACT: Cheesecake was a popular treat in ancient Greece. Small cheesecakes were served to athletes at the first Olympic games in 776 B.C.E.