This was the first cheesecake I’ve ever made. Can you believe that?
The reason I’d never made one was that I lacked a springform pan. This Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust and Nut Topping justifies the purchase of a set of pans.
Oh my goodness! This is one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever tasted. It’s smooth and rich and oh-so-very chocolatey. The pretzel crust adds a bit of salty to the sweet chocolate and the nut topping brings a little crunch to the creamy.
Ever since I first saw a post on using the slow cooker for making cheesecake on Mommy’s Kitchen, I’ve wanted to try it. I used an 8 inch springform pan, which fit inside my crockpot with a small amount of room to spare around the edges. I also used the rack from my pressure cooker in the bottom of the crock. This kept the pan a little bit higher, making it easier to get the finished cheesecake out of the crock.
I pieced together several different recipes and ideas to come up with this one. I used the chocolate cheesecake recipe from Taste of Home as the base, but changed the cooking method to slow cooker. And I used the pretzel crust recipe from Bake or Break. I did leave the pretzels in larger crumbs though, so it was more identifiable as pretzel.
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