1-2/3 C. chocolate wafer crumbs (Nabisco Famous brand chocolate wafers)
2 T. granulated sugar
6 T. unsalted butter, melted
6 oz. good-quality white chocolate, finely chopped
2/3 C. heavy cream
19 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 C. granulated sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 eggs, graded "large"
1 t. freshly-squeezed, strained lemon juice
4-1/2 oz. good-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
Few grains salt
1/2 C. heavy cream
1 oz. good-quality white chocolate, finely chopped
1 T. heavy cream
Line a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, shiny side up. Fold
any overhang back against the outsides of the pan. Adjust oven rack to center
position; preheat oven to 350° F.
In medium bowl, combine chocolate wafer crumbs and sugar. With spoon, mix to
blend well. Add melted butter; blend thoroughly. Press evenly onto bottom of
prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 7 to 8 minutes, just until crust is
set. Remove to cooling rack, but leave oven on.
Place white chocolate (which must be finely chopped) into small heatproof bowl.
In small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat cream over low heat until very hot,
stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; add about one-fourth of hot cream to
chocolate. Let stand for a minute or two, then stir or whisk very gently until
smooth. Gradually stir remaining cream into chocolate. Set aside. Cool until
In large bowl, combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. With sturdy,
hand-held electric mixer, beat at medium speed just until perfectly smooth,
scraping bowl bottom and sides frequently (this can also be done in the small
bowl of an electric stand mixer). Add eggs, one at a time, beating at a low
speed after each until smooth and scraping bowl bottom and sides (and beaters)
often. At low speed, add melted white chocolate mixture, beating only until
blended in. Stir in lemon juice.
Pour the filling slowly over a spatula onto the crust, which may still be hot.
If necessary, spread filling to level it. Place into oven.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. This is done when the edges are slightly risen and
set; if you gently tap the sides of the pan, the center of the cheesecake layer
may still quiver slightly. The corners and sides may be starting to brown. Do
not overbake. Remove to cooling rack. Allow to cool about 20 minutes at room
temperature, then place in refrigerator (support the pan on trivets or pot
holders on the refrigerator rack, as the bottom may still be hot). During
cooling, the cheesecake layer may appear to fall slightly, except for the very
edges — OK. Note: the bars must not become too cold before you glaze them. Make
the Glaze and Decoration as soon as the bars go into the refrigerator; if the
bars are chilled for more than about 30 minutes, they can become cold enough to
give you trouble with the Decoration.
In small, heatproof bowl, combine finely chopped chocolate and salt. In small,
heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat cream over low heat until very hot, stirring
occasionally. Remove from heat; pour about half of hot cream over chocolate.
Allow to stand for a minute or two, then stir or whisk gently until smooth.
Gradually stir in remaining cream. Stirring occasionally, cool to room
temperature before using (the best way to test this is on the inside of your
While Glaze cools, make Decoration (it's used immediately after the Glaze is
applied): Place finely chopped chocolate in small cup. In very small container,
heat cream over low heat until very hot, stirring occasionally. Pour hot cream
over chocolate, then stir or whisk gently until smooth. Cool before using,
When bars have chilled until they are no longer warm, remove from refrigerator.
To glaze, pour the room temperature glaze slowly over the top of the bars;
spread evenly to within about 1/4 inch of all edges. Immediately apply
decoration: with a teaspoon (not a measuring teaspoon), form thin parallel lines
of the melted white chocolate mixture all across the glazed top surface (long
sides of the pan). Don't make the lines too thick, or you may run out of the
white chocolate mixture. Immediately, using a toothpick, draw it back-and-forth
in very thin lines at a 90 degree angle to the melted white chocolate lines.
Don't score the top of the cheesecake layer too deeply with the toothpick. Chill
bars until cold, at least 3 hours. If chilling overnight before cutting, cover
tightly when cold; be sure to fasten a piece of paper towel to the inside of
your cover (this will prevent any condensation that forms from dripping onto the
To cut, you'll need a large, sharp, heavy, straight-edged knife. If you want to
keep your cuts neat, you'll have to run the blade under very hot water, then
shake it off, before each cut. Remove the bars, still in foil, from the pan to a
cutting board. Gently peel foil back from edges. Trim about 1/4 inch from each
edge, then cut into 32 pieces.
Omit the Glaze and Decoration. Thinly slice good strawberries; macerate with
sugar to taste (don't make them too sweet!) and maybe a bit of Grand Marnier for
about one hour at room temperature, lightly covered (stir occasionally). When
the uncut pan has been chilled, cut into 16 to 24 bars. Serve each bar on a
plate with some of the berries and their juices over the top.