Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

From Every Day with Rachael Ray
February 2008


Prep Time: 30 min (plus cooling)

Bake Time: 1 hour


One 10-ounce box shortbread cookies, such as Lorna Doone

1/4 cup blanched almonds, toasted

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature

3 tablespoons flour

2 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk

1 3/4 cups dulce de leche or other caramel sauce

Boiling water, for baking


Preheat the oven to 350°. Wrap the outside of a 9-inch springform pan with foil. Using a food processor, finely chop the cookies, nuts, brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add the butter and pulse until just combined. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake until set, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool. Lower the oven temperature to 300°.

2. Using a mixer, beat the cream cheese until softened, 2 minutes. Beat in the flour and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt on low speed. Beat in the eggs and egg yolk, 1 at a time, on medium speed. Mix in 1 cup dulce de leche.

3. Pour the batter into the crust. Loosely cover the pan with foil, set in a roasting pan and pour in enough boiling water to reach a depth of 1 inch. Bake the cheesecake until set at the edges but slightly wobbly in the center, about 55 minutes.

4. Transfer the cake to a rack; let rest for 15 minutes. Spread the remaining 3/4 cup dulce de leche over the warm cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve, then remove the springform and slice the cheesecake.

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