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Caramel cheesecake

April 6, 2014

toffi cheesecake

I was thinking about joining The Great Irish Bake since I’ve read about it on Adrienne’s blog two years ago. The Great Irish Bake is a biannual event organized by Temple Street Hospital Charity to raise money for the children’s hospital in Dublin.

You know I love baking, but I’m terrified of organizing events, I never know where to start and it always looks so, so scary at the beginning. But I’m lucky that sometimes people around me just do something I should do ages ago. So one of my coworkers just said let’s bake with Great Irish Bake and everybody said “Brilliant idea!”, couldn’t be simpler.

I usually just bake for us, sometimes for close friends and my coworkers, but rarely ever for strangers, so the pressure was on. I baked on Thursday until midnight. and that was only because I prepped whatever I could a day before. I was grateful for no major disasters the only two were minor – burnt caramel and split chocolate (having more ingredients to make a second batch is always a good thing), it could go so much worse.

On the next morning our office kitchen was stuffed with cakes. It was amazing view, choux buns, cookies, marble cakes, rocky road, apple pie, chocolate cakes, brownies, cupcakes and more. All the girls made incredible job and it felt really good to be a part of it.

the great irish bake

For our bake sale I contributed 10 minute chocolate chip cookies, freckled cake, berry marshmallow slice (that I will tell you about in the next post, it was a hit) and this caramel cheesecake. I wouldn’t recommend cheesecake for any cake sale as it should be chilled all the time (next time I will know), but it tastes amazing.

toffi cheesecake

Caramel cheesecake

Caramel cheesecake

Recipe from White plate

For 23-cm springform tin

  • 180g digestive cookies (I used chocolate ones)
  • 60g butter, melted
  • Topping:
  • 85g butter, room temperature
  • 175g sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 665g (430g + 235g) dulce de leche or Carnation Caramel
  • 1 kg full-fat curd cheese (twarog also knows as quark), ground at least twice
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp plain flour
  • Decoration
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 3 tsp unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan.
Grease a 23cm springform tin or line it with baking paper.
Whizz the cookies in a food processor until they resemble breadcrumbs.
Pour in the butter, whizz briefly again, then tip the mixture into the tin and press down firmly.
Cream the butter with the sugar and vanilla paste.
Add 430g of dulce de leche and mix until well combined.
Add one tablespoon of curd cheese at a time and mix until fully incorporate before adding the next portion. Try not overmix it.
Add one egg at a time and mix until fully incorporate before adding the next egg.
Stir in the flour.
Bake for 45-50 minutes. After 30 minutes check if the cheesecake doesn't colour too quickly, if it does just cover it with aluminium tin foil.
Cool down with a slightly ajar oven.
Once the cheesecake has cooled down decorate it.
In a small pot place remaining dulce de leche and milk and boil on a small heat (otherwise it will burn) until it thicken slightly.
Stir in the butter until it incorporates well.
Pour it onto the cheesecake and spread evenly.
Place in a fridge for at least 3 hours or over a night.

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  • Reply Joy @MyTravelingJoys April 7, 2014 at 16:09

    The cheesecake sounds absolutely delicious! All the pastries look great!

    • Reply Magda April 8, 2014 at 18:37

      Thank you Joy, I must admit I’m pretty proud of this cheesecake :)

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  • Reply Lucy @SupergoldenBakes May 31, 2014 at 09:17

    Hi Magda,

    So glad you left a comment on my blog and excited to discover yours. I love caramel ANYTHING and I must say I have only ever made one cheesecake in my life. This looks really good! See you at FBC x

    • Reply Magda June 1, 2014 at 00:29

      Hi Lucy, thank you for the visit. I’m guilty of making only Polish cheesecakes, but they are delicious, so I feel slightly justified ;) See at FBC :)

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