To celebrate the Lost finale, we have decided to make a themed dinner. For dessert we have made a Dharma Initiative black smoke cheesecake. The black smoke and the Dharma logo are made using just chocolate; keep reading to find out how!
Cheesecake Crust Makes 2 cakes
150 g softened butter
200 g crackers
100 g sugar
30 g water
50 g flour
Crush crackers with a blender until a fine powder is obtained. Add the rest of ingredients, making sure the butter is softened, not melted. Mix with your hands until the mix just holds together when pressed into a ball.
The technique to line your mold with the cracker mixture will depend on the type of mold being used:
For a bottomless ring, place parchment paper on an oven tray, place cracker mix on top and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Spread with a rolling pin until a thickness of 3 mm is acquired. Remove wrap and place your molds on top, pressing down as if cutting cookie dough. Remove the dough on the outside of the molds, leaving them with their base. You can make walls if you want, pressing the dough on the inside of the mold with your hands.
For a regular pan, grease it and place dough on the bottom and press down with the bottom of a glass to smooth the surface. You can make walls if you want, pressing the dough on the inside of the mold with your hands.
Bake in the oven at 180 ºC until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool on the oven tray. Don't remove from the mold yet!
Cheesecake filling Makes one cake
50 g melted butter
250 g philadelphia
80 g sugar
30 g flour
2 g salt
Separate the egg white from the yolk and reserve both. Combine cheese wit melted butter, half the sugar, egg yolk, flour, salt and zests. Mix well until combined. Meanwhile, whip the egg white until soft peaks form. Add the remaining half of the sugar and keep beating until stiff peaks form. Add the egg white to the cheese mixture and fold the mixture until fully blended.
Add spoonfuls of the filling into the molds and level the surface with a spatula.
125 g chocolate
Drizzle chocolate over the cheese mixture. With a swirling motion and the help of a toothpick, marble the surface of the cake.
Bake in the oven at 150 ºC for 15 minutes or until the top of the cake loses its shine. The top of the cake should be firm to the touch.
Dharma Initiative Logo
1 sheet tracing paper
Print the design on a sheet of paper. Tape the cardboard on a clean table. Tape design on the cardboard and tape the tracing paper on top. Melt dark chocolate and with a toothpick, fill in the dark parts of the design. Place in the fridge for the chocolate to set.
Notice how the design must me a mirrored image of the final desired design. We almost made the mistake of doing it with the final design, but we realized on time!
Meanwhile melt white chocolate. When the dark chocolate is set, pipe the white chocolate on top, covering the whole design. Be careful not to heat the white chocolate too much, because it will melt your previous design, and you will probably cry if this happens :'(
Chill the design in the freezer or the bottom part of your fridge until it sets. Turn the design over carefully and peel off the tracing paper. Removing the paper should be easy; if you have trouble, leave it in the freezer for a couple more minutes.
Handle your design with gloves, to prevent it from melting. Place your chocolate design on top of the cheesecake, et voilà!