Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake
2 cups finely crushed chocolate sandwich cookies
1/3 cup butter
4 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 ounces dark semisweet chocolate
6 ounces white chocolate
1 package frozen cherries
1/8 cup brandy
1 tablespoon cornstarch, approximately
Crust: Melt butter and mix with crushed chocolate cookies and mix together in small bowl. Press into bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake about 10 minutes in 325ºF oven
Filling: Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, mixing at low speed after each addition, just until blended. Melt both dark and white chocolate in separate double boilers. Divide batter in half. Add dark chocolate to one half and white chocolate to the other. Pour dark chocolate batter into springform pan. Pour white chocolate batter on top of dark chocolate batter in spring form pan, being careful not to mix the two. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until center is almost set. Refrigerate four hours or overnight.
Topping: Heat frozen cherries with 1/8 cup water in sauce pan until hot. Add 1 tablespoon cornstarch (mixed with 1/8 cup cold water) into hot cherry mixture. Allow to thicken and then add 1/8 cup brandy. Cool mixture and place on top of the cooled cheesecake.