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Chocolate Julep Cheesecake



1½ cups chocolate cookie crumbs
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted


5 ounces semisweet chocolate
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup sour cream
4 eggs
3 tablespoons bourbon
1½ teaspoons clear crème de menthe
Maraschino cherries for garnish
Mint leaves for garnish


Serves: 10


Crust: Combine the crumbs sugar and melted butter. Press firmly and evenly into a 9 inch spring form pan. Place in refrigerator while making filling.

Filling: Melt chocolate in heavy saucepan. Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add sour cream. Blend well. Beat in eggs one at a time beating at low speed. Blend in bourbon and crème de menthe. Pour 1¼ cups batter into another bowl. Mix remaining batter with the melted chocolate. Fill crust with the chocolate batter then slowly pour on the plain batter making a swirling pattern as desired. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes. The sides will be puffed and the centre will be soft (it will firm when cooled). Chill at least 6 hours before serving.

NOTE: An extra dash of crème de menthe may be added to the plain batter.

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