Recipe 14: Guinness Cheesecake with Bacon

If you have been following my recipe blog you know I am obsessed with bacon. It has so many uses it’s ridiculous and this is another one of those WTF uses. To be truthful I’m not a huge fan of cheesecake and I’m not much of a drinker either, so then WHY the Guinness Cheesecake with Bacon? Simply…because I can AND I have friends and family that adore both the cake and the stout. This recipe is a reworked Cappuccino cheesecake and if you prefer the mocha flavour then feel free to substitute the Guinness for a teaspoon of instant coffee and a 1/4 cup of water but, really why would you. This cheesecake is oddly delicious and like my other recipes IT has been taste tasted thoroughly.

Cheesecake is believed to have originated in ancient Greece. Historians believe that cheesecake was served to athletes during the first Olympic Games held in 776 B.C. However, cheese making using molds has been traced back as far as 2000 B.C.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Ingredients

Imagine this cheesecake w/bacon & chocolate on top

Crust:
1 1/2 cups finely chopped nuts or graham crackers
2 Tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons butter, melted

Filling:
32 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
½ tsp vanilla
1/4 cup Guinness stout
4 strips of crispy cooked bacon, crumbled (use real bacon for this)
1 square of dark chocolate, grated

Directions

Combine nuts/graham crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 325 degrees F., 10 minutes.

Combine cream cheese, sugar, and flour, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in sour cream. Add vanilla to Guinness and gradually add to cream cheese mixture, mixing until well blended. Pour over crust.

Bake at 450 F, 10 minutes., then reduce temperature to 250 F; continue baking 1 hour. Add bacon to top of cake immediately after removing from oven. Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan. Chill, add grated chocolate over top and serve.

FOOTNOTE: I have added this link for proof that bacon and chocolate are addictive. It is a must read.

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