1 Â¾ cups hazelnuts, toasted & ground
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
10 ounces semisweet Chocolate, chopped and melted
2 pounds Miceli's mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1 pound Miceli's traditional ricotta cheese, well drained
1 & Â½ cups granulated sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Â¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Â¼ cup espresso coffee
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Â¼ teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
8 ounces semisweet chocolate
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened
Shaved White chocolate
Preheat oven to 325Ë. Prepare a 9 inch cheesecake pan (3 inch sides) pan by spraying with a light coating of non stick spray and line with a circle of parchment.
Mix together the hazelnuts, sugar, cocoa and butter. Press into the bottom (not the sides) of the cheesecake pan and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool while preparing the filling. Increase the oven temperature to 350Ëdegrees.
In a large mixing bowl, place the Miceli's Ricotta Cheese and Miceli's Mascarpone Cheese and beat for 5 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar, cinnamon, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla extract, mix on low speed until well incorporated. Scrape the bowl, and add the eggs and espresso coffee, mixing well until well mixed. Add the chocolate mixture and mix well. Pour the filling into the prepared pan. Set the cake pan in the oven. Bake the cheesecake for 60-65 minutes or until the filling is set. Cheesecake is done when the tip of a sharp knife comes out clean. Remove cake from the oven and cool overnight in the refrigerator.
For the Topping: In a small bowl, place the finely chopped chocolate. In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream until hot and just bubbling around the edge of the pan. Pour hot cream over chocolate, and allow to rest, without stirring for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, add the butter and stir the mixture until it is smooth. If any lumps remain, gently heat over a water bath, stirring constantly until smooth. Pour mixture over top of cheesecake, spreading to the edge without going over the side. Chill cheesecake and garnish with chocolate shavings.