BERN’S STEAK HOUSE CHEESE CAKE •




BERN'S CHEESE CAKE RECIPE

The Bern's Steakhouse Chocolate Cheese Cake is probably the simplest easiest desert you ever made. It is a classic and just like the Colonels Special Blend of herbs and spices and the formula for Coca-Cola, it was a trade secret till Mom figured it out years ago after two bites. 

With a little help from a cousin, a Bern's ex-employee we confirmed the authenticity of the cheese pie formula. She bet the waiter she could tell him most of the ingredients and since he had started in the back he knew. She was 90% right and he rewarded her with a free portion.  

I confirmed it later and thought… In  have found in most of the great culinary enterprises, it's the simplicity that shines through. Complex dishes offer too much to fail like our banks and mortgage companies. Simple things survive. I cannot divulge the source of confirmation, under reasons of confidentiality, fear of industrial espionage and not wanting Homeland Security to find out. But it was not easy. Took almost five minutes to have the secret confirmed by a former employee.


PRESENTING
Bern’s Steak House -  Chocolate Cheese Pie -  $8.95 per slice.Bern’s favorite recipe of a chocolate cream cheese mousse with chocolate chips in a chocolate cookie crumb crust. Served with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings.  Note:  I would add some Grand Marnier 1.5 oz in a 6.0 cup of good coffee for the end of a perfect dinner party.


CHOCOLATE Instant Pudding CREAM CHEESE PIE
1 package chocolate pudding (Has to be Instant mix, this is the no cooking method)1- 8 oz package cream cheese
1 tub Cool Whip  (or - 8 oz Milk and *8 oz whipping cream)
1 ready made Graham Cracker pie crust or preferable Chocolate crumb pie crust
2 oz Chocolate Liquor Godiva Liqueur Chocolate 50ML. Its ultra-velvety dark taste is sublime, its balance not overly sweet. The magnificence of the most decadent chocolate you can imagine, made divine as a sumptuous liqueur.  Reg. 3.99 a bottle (avail on web)
1 oz. dark or med chocolate shaved for garnish. Also you can drizzle Hershey’s toppings from a squeeze bottle, ground Almond dust and Vanilla beans or Oreo Cookies crumbled. The toppings are endless.


BASIC PIE CONSTRUCTION
1- Add milk and whipping cream combo to chocolate instant pudding.  Beat or stir for 1 minute.    2- Add softened cream cheese, liquor, and blend until smooth.3- Spread mixture evenly in pie crust. 4- Refrigerate three hours or more.


VARIATIONS ON THEME
Use remaining Cool Whip, Canned Whip, or fresh made Whipped Cream as pie topping. Use crushed Oreo’s mixed in pudding and sprinkled on top in lieu of dark chocolate.  
You can also make…Strawberry with Strawberry Liquor.Banana with Lemon and Vanilla Combo.The trick is the instant pudding for the fast set-up, crucial in the restaurant business and the liquor for the unique taste.
 


ANOTHER TWIST ON THE CREME CHEESE PIE - SLIGHTLY MORE COMPLEX - DIFFERENT BUT EXCELLENT


CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE DECADENCE

 BY  ROBERT BAILEY


You will delight in every single bite of this delicious chocolate cheesecake.  My point of reference was the Chocolate Cheese Pie served at Bern’s Steak House.  While a bit different, it is just as delicious.  So, this is my homage to Bern’s dessert room without having to get all dressed up.

It is an easy dessert to make – and it will definitely be your “go to” the next time you are having a special occasion and need something that will knock their socks off.  I made it this weekend – for no reason at all – and shared it with lots of friends…who all thought it was a hit.

CRUST INGREDIENTS

  • 16 whole Oreo cookies
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

Put Oreos into food processor – pulse until the cookies have turned into a powder.  Add the melted butter and pulse 7 to 10 times.  Mold into the bottom of a 10” spring form pan (that has been sprayed or buttered, and press down.  Bake in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for 10 minutes.  Let cool on rack.

FILLING INGREDIENTS

  • 3 – 8 ounce packages Philadelphia brand cream cheese
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate (Dove or Ghirardelli are my 2 favorites for this cheesecake)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 extra large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso
  • 2 teaspoons fine vanilla

Place heavy cream in a microwaveable bowl – microwave 30 seconds until cream comes to a boil, add chocolate and stir until completely melted – do not bring chocolate to a boil. Set aside to cool.

In a stand mixer, add cream cheese and sugar and beat with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time and beat until each egg is well combined. Add chocolate cream mixture, cocoa powder, vanilla, and espresso and mix on medium speed until smooth. Scrape the sides and bottom of mixing bowl to make sure everything has been combined.

Pour into Oreo crusted 10” spring form pan.  Cover top with aluminum foil and bake in a pre-heated 250 degree over for one hour.  Take off aluminum foil and bake another half hour – maybe 10 to 20 minutes longer if necessary – checking it every 5 minutes or so after 1.5 hours.

The cheesecake will jiggle in the middle – don’t let that worry you – it will set up.  Let cool and refrigerate for 10 hours or overnight.

TOPPING INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup boiling heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Put chocolate chips in a bowl.  Add boiling heavy cream and vanilla and stir until well combined.  The cream should melt the chips.  If a few chips remain un-melted, put bowl in micro for 10 seconds – take out and stir.

Pour in zip lock baggy, squeeze into one corner – cut a small bit off the edge of the baggy – squeeze and pipe on to chilled cheesecake in all kinds a zig-zag ways.  The decoration is up to you!!!  Serve with whipped cream is desired.  Maybe even a couple of fresh raspberries if you want to guild-the-lily.

You will delight in every single bite of this delicious chocolate cheesecake.  My point of reference was the Chocolate Cheese Pie served at Bern’s Steak House.  While a bit different, it is just as delicious.  So, this is my homage to Bern’s dessert room without having to get all dressed up.

It is an easy dessert to make – and it will definitely be your “go to” the next time you are having a special occasion and need something that will knock their socks off.  I made it this weekend – for no reason at all – and shared it with lots of friends…who all thought it was a hit.