Luscious, rich, sweet, and insanely delicious, this Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Irish Cream Caramel is a quintessence of a luxurious and decadent dessert.
Hello, my friends. Happy Friday! I hope you are so ready for this weekend, and I certainly hope you are going to indulge yourself with something utterly scrumptious. Did you say you are not prepared? No worries – I’ve got you covered. This Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Irish Cream Caramel is probably definitely something you need.
I made this cheesecake on my birthday. Indeed, there were two cakes involved around it. First I made another twist on that Honey Russian Cake on Friday. But that was a moderately small cake, and Andrey (mostly Andrey!) and I handled it very quickly. Specifically, it had gone by Saturday. Since I celebrated my birthday a couple of days later, on Tuesday, I decided I needed another cake. Have you ever read a book Karlsson-on-the-Roof by the Sweeden writer Astrid Lindgren? If not, you should definitely give it a try!
In a nutshell, Karlsson-on-the-Roof is a confident and mischievous man with a propeller who lives on the roof (surprising twist, eh!) of one of the Stockholm’s houses. He is also known for his sweet teeth. He mentioned once that a good person should always hope for their friend to stop by, and thus, should always have a cake (Hey, Kelsie, is this a reason you always have something delicious?). Also, when his friend, a boy Svante (Just a regular boy. He wasn’t lucky enough to have a propeller), was celebrating his birthday, Karlsson was a bit skeptical about a cake with eight candles. He said he’d rather prefer eight cakes with one candle.
I think Karlsson has pretty solid logic!
So I decided to make a cheesecake. Certainly, as I was turning 35, it needed to include some of my favorite ingredients and flavors. Like dulce de leche. Or Irish cream. Or both. I had combined these two things a couple of times, so I knew this would be a fantastic dessert. This Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Irish Cream Caramel didn’t get a particularly impeccable look (It also cracked which almost never happens to me. I am also not really happy with the pictures.) But the texture and the flavor were amazing, and that the most important aspect, right? And despite the name, it wasn’t too sweet as I decided dulce de leche would play the main role here – not sugar. Besides, that’s an excuse to pour more of this luscious caramel over the cheesecake!
Because a caramel cheesecake always needs some extra caramel. Agreed? :)
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Irish Cream Caramel
To make the crust, combine the melted butter (it's easy to use food processor) with the oreo crumbs. Press into a 20 cm spring form pan. Bake the crust for about 7-8 minutes at 170 degrees C (350 degrees F) then remove and completely cool.
Reduce the oven temperature to 140-150 degrees C (300 F). Place a pan filled with water on the lower rack of the oven.
To make the cheesecake, in a large bowl beat with an electric mixer on low speed the cream cheese, 2/3 of dulce de leche, sugar, and vanilla for 2-3 minutes until the sugar has incorporated. Add the eggs and beat 1 minute to incorporate.
Pour one filling into the cooled crust. Using a spoon, drop the remaining 2/3 of dulce de leche on the filling and then, using a knife or wooden stick, slightly combine the filling with caramel.
Slightly tap the pan few times around the bottom - this will help to release the bubbles and decrease the possibility of cracking it.
Bake the cheesecake for about 50-60 minutes. Check the cheesecake - the edges of the cheesecake should look firm and set while the center remains slightly fudgy. If it doesn't look like that yet, bake it for another 5-10 minutes.
Turn the oven off and leave the cheese for another 20-30 minutes inside (You can open the door if you're afraid of overcooking it).
Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let completely cool. Refrigerate overnight then loose the baking pan and, using a help of a knife if necessary, release the cheesecake.
To make the caramel, grease a heavy bottom pan with 3 tbsp of the butter.
Add the irish cream (2/3 cup), heavy cream, sugar, and corn syrup. Add the salt if using. Whisking a couple of times to incorporate the ingredients, bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat to low/low medium. Do not mix the mixture one it was brought to a boil!
Simmer the caramel without whisking for about 20-30 minutes until the desired thickness. First 15 minutes there won't be happening a lot of things (it will remain thin), but then it will stat thickening quite fast so keep an eye.
Once the caramel is ready, off heat, add 2 tbsp of butter and a splash (1-2 tbsp) of Irish cream. Let the butter melt them mix.
Cool then refrigerate until ready to serve. Once cooled, it will thicken up more.