Milk Chocolate Pistachio Cheesecake
1/4 cup shelled pistachios
3 tbsp sugar
1 pkg (200g) chocolate wafer cookies
7 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
12 oz milk chocolate, chopped
4 x 8 oz packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 cups whipping cream
1/4 cups cocoa powder, sifted, plus extra for dusting
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 °F and grease a 9-inch springform pan.
For crust, pulse pistachios and sugar in food processor to grind. Add wafer cookies and melted butter and grind until an even texture. Press into bottom of prepared pan and bake for 12 minutes. Cool while preparing filling.
Sprinkle ½ cup of pistachios over crust. Melt chocolate in a bowl set over a pot of barely simmering water, stirring. Remove from heat while there are a few lumps, and continue stirring to melt. Set aside.
Beat cream cheese on high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar while beating, scraping down sides of bowl often. Add eggs on medium- low speed, one at a time, until all are added. Beat in chocolate, cream, ¼ cup cocoa powder and vanilla on medium-low speed. Scrape into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn oven off and bake 30 minutes more. Open oven door and let cheesecake sit for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and gently run a spatula around inside edge of pan to loosen. Cool for 2 hours before chilling overnight.
To serve, carefully remove springform ring. Dust top with cocoa powder and press remaining 1 cup of chopped pistachios around the sides of the cheesecake.