TWD: Baking With Julia – Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake

by Jessica on February 18, 2014

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake |

I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t baked along with my TWD group since last November. Time has just flown by since then and I’ve been so busy with traveling and other opportunities in the kitchen, that I let TWD slide by.

However, I’m back this week with these adorable heart-shaped Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecakes. Since C and I are eating healthier these days (and I’m back on my Weight Watchers kick!), there was no reason for us to have a regular-sized cheesecake staring us in the face all week. So, for a little Valentine’s weekend dessert, I halved Dorie’s recipe and baked up two mini cheesecakes that tasted just as amazing as the larger one. The only step I wasn’t fond of was coating the cheesecakes with crumbs after they came out of the oven. It was messy and the crumbs didn’t stick like I had hoped. The flavor, though, was out of this world! The cake was smooth, creamy and super chocolatey, with a tangy bite at the end.

Lesson learned – the next time I bake this cheesecake (and there will be a next time!), I’ll coat the pan with crumbs before I add the filling!

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake (pgs. 256-258)
Source: Baking With Julia by Dorie Greenspan

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake |


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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Susan February 18, 2014 at 11:27 am

Just perfect for Valentine’s Day, Jessica!

I hope yours was very special! xoxo


2 melimelocooks February 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Lovely come back!!!
I’ll certainly do the same thing about the crumbs, I had some troubles flipping the cake upside down, so I dust it with cocoa powder to have an uniform top!


3 Kathy February 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Good to have you back, Jessica! Lovely cheesecakes…luscious looking!


4 Kathy February 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

BTW…I coated my pan with the crumbs and then added the batter…there was no way I was flipping an 8 inch cheesecake!


5 Kim Ramos February 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Welcome Back! Love you heart shaped cheesecake!


6 margaret February 18, 2014 at 9:34 pm

These are adorable!


7 Katrina February 19, 2014 at 12:18 am

Darn, that sure looks good. I meant to mention TWD in my post today. Sure loved that group and all the people I “met” and how much I learned then. Miss it!


8 Abbie @ Needs Salt February 19, 2014 at 8:51 am

This cheesecake looks so delicious! I love the heart shapes. Adorable.


9 Cher February 20, 2014 at 5:27 am

Awww, love the mini heart version.

Welcome back 🙂


10 Cathleen February 20, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Cute heart-shaped cakes! I thought it was a crazy idea to add the crumb crust after the cake was baked. I added the crust beforehand, like most cheesecake recipes call for. Much simpler.


11 Dana Farley March 2, 2014 at 12:16 pm

What a great and yummy valentine idea. Thanks for the heads up on the crumbs.


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