Golden Girls fans around the world can take a moment to thank the gods of TV and food. It was recently announced that Disney is busy working on a cookbook to honor the most beloved women of sitcom history! It must be one hefty-sized project because the cookbook is not coming out until 2020. But no need to wait that long to get your first taste. Kingswell, an imprint of Disney Publishing, just unveiled the very first recipe from the book, which just so happens to be the most famous four-word dish the Golden Girls loved more than any other — Double Fudge Chocolate Cheeseckake. Enjoy!
Double Fudge Chocolate Cheesecake
A recipe from the forthcoming Golden Girls cookbook, written by Chris Styler (© ABC Studios). Makes one 10-inch cheesecake, enough for 16 servings.
For the crust:
1 package (9 oz.) Famous Chocolate Wafer Cookies
1/3 cup sugar
5 tablespoons (2 ½ ounces) melted butter, at room temperature
¼ teaspoon salt
For the cheesecake batter:
12 oz. bittersweet chocolate (60%), broken or chopped into small pieces
3 lbs. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ teaspoon salt
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Make the crust: Eat a few of the cookies. You know you will anyway.
2. Grind the cookies and 1/3 cup sugar in a food processor until very fine, stopping once or twice to scrape the bottom and sides of the work bowl.
3. Add the butter and process until the mix is very moist and starts to stick to the sides of the work bowl.
4. Set 2 tablespoons of the crumb mixture aside and turn the crumb mix into a 10-inch non-stick springform pan.
5. Using a flat-bottom glass, make an even layer of crust across the bottom of the pan, working the crumbs outward toward the sides of the pan. Then, with the sides of the glass, press the crumbs about 1 inch up the sides of the pan.
6. Refrigerate the crust.
7. While the crust is chilling, heat the oven to 350° F with an oven rack in the center position.
8. Put the broken or chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Choose a saucepan large enough to hold the bowl steady when the bowl is set on top.
9.Pour about an inch of water into the saucepan and place the saucepan with the bowl over the water over medium-low heat.
10. Melt, stirring every few minutes with a heatproof spatula, until completely smooth and shiny. Do not let the water under the bowl come to a boil.
11. Remove the pan from the heat but leave the bowl of chocolate over the hot water to keep warm.
12. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a bowl using a handheld electric mixer, beat the cream cheese 1 1/3 cups sugar, the cornstarch and salt until creamy, about 3 minutes.
13. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each, then beat in the vanilla.
14. Scrape the melted chocolate into the mixer bowl and mix on low speed, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl several times, until well blended.
15. Pour the batter into the crust. Garnish the top of the batter with the reserved crumb mix, sprinkling the crumbs around the edges of the pan (or however you’d like to decorate.
16. Place the cake pan on a baking sheet large enough to hold it comfortably.
17. Put the cheesecake in the oven and lower the temperature to 300°F. Bake 40 minutes.
18. Gently rotate the baking sheet. Continue baking until the cake is set around the edge and the center 3 inches or so jiggles only slightly when you gently move the cake pan back and forth, 30 to 40 minutes.
19. Crack the oven door, turn off the oven and let the cake sit for about an hour.
20. Remove the cake from the oven and transfer the cake pan to a cooling rack. Cool completely.
21. Refrigerate the cheesecake until firm, at least 3 hours. Bring to room temperature about 45 minutes before serving.
22. The cheesecake can be stored in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped, for up to several days or cut into pieces, securely wrapped and frozen for up to three months.
Image source: ABC/THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) July 11, 2016
Every now and then I’ll have a recurring obsession with #TheGoldenGirls, and this week it happened again. When I was a kid, and even to this day, these 4 incredible women inspired me to live a life that society shunned, to surround myself with a modern family that gives me strength to get through anything, and to never let go of the truth that the best day of your life is always in the future. I’ve been thinking a lot this week of the fuel we get from our real-life heroes and our fictional ones, and how sometimes it’s hard to tell which ones empower us more. Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia might be the creation of brilliant writers, but their impact on me, and countless other gay men, women and children around the world, is as real as anything ever was or will be. Visiting their home right now has given me goosebumps and a few tears of joy as well. Although there’s only one Golden Girl still with us, these women and their amazing adventures, hearts, and souls are immortal and will live on forever. Thanks girls, for being my friend. ❤️❤️❤️ #heroes #heroines #hero #inspiration #love #tv #goldengirls