It's safe to say I have been majorly slacking on the blog front this year. What can I say? Life happens. Between moving, promotions at work (regular work, because I have a 9-5 in addition to this blogging madness), car accidents, medical issues, new relationships and traveling, the blog has gotten lost in the shuffle.
Carving out time to dedicate to the blog, to sit down, write a post, edit photos and proof read my spanglish becomes harder and harder with every curve ball that gets thrown my way. Also, the more food blogger drama (yes, food blogger drama is an actual thing in Miami #SMH) I get dragged into, the less interested I am in continuing to write a blog. Not to mention, going to a restaurant a few times before writing a review isn't always cheap. Contrary to popular belief, I actually pay for my meals out of my own pocket.
However, I am still relatively active on the blog's social media outlets. I post pictures on Instagram on a daily basis as well as post on Facebook and conduct most of my bitching/complaining on Twitter. So feel free to connect on those platforms to keep tabs on what the hell I'm doing with my life.
In an effort to keep the blog going and get back in touch with why I started this damn thing in the first place, I'm sharing my Dulce De Leche Cheesecake recipe. It's a recipe I've been tinkering with and perfecting for a couple of years now and I think it's great, but don't take my word for it. Try it yourself... I mean it's dulce de leche cheesecake on a graham cracker crust, what more can you ask for?
What is dulce de leche?
Dulce de leche is cooked sweetened condensed milk. Different countries call it by different names like manjar, kajmak, confiture de lait or arequipe. The sweetened condensed milk is cooked until it reaches a rich caramel color with a spreadable consistency.
What else can you use dulce de leche for?
Dulce de leche cheesecake
- For the crust:
- 1 ¾ cups of of crushed cinnamon graham crackers-
- ½ cup of melted butter
- ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- Pinch of salt
- For the cheesecake:
- 3 8 oz packages of regular cream cheese do NOT go for reduced fat at room temperature-
- 1 cup of granulated white sugar
- 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste vanilla extract will suffice
- 1 tablespoon of lemon curd
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- ¼ cup of whole milk
- 1 heaping cup of dulce de leche at room temperature
- extra dulce de leche for drizzling optional
- For the whipped cream:
- ½ cup of heavy whipping cream
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ cup of dulce de leche at room temperature
- ¼ cup of powdered sugar sifted
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 8 inch springform pan. In a medium sized bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the crust and mix until the melted butter has coated all of the graham crackers. Press crumb mixture into greased pan evenly. Bake in over for 8 minutes and then set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour, vanilla bean paste, salt and lemon curd using an electric mixer until very well combined. Add the whole eggs and egg yolk one at a time then add in dulce de leche and mix on low speed, continue mixing until incorporated for about 5 minutes.
- Pour the mixture into the the springform pan with your prepared crust and place in the center oven rack. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees or until the center appears nearly set when shaken.
- Once removed from the oven, run a greased knife along the interior of the springform pan to ensure the sides don't stick and you don't develop any cracks in the cheesecake.
- Allow your cheesecake to cool completely before removing the sides of the pan. Place cheesecake in the refrigerator for 4 hours in order to chill completely.
- Drizzle additional dulce de leche over the top of the cheesecake if desired. Since dulce de leche has a very thick consistency, place the dulce de leche in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Place your cheesecake back in the refrigerator to allow the drizzled dulce de leche to set.
- Right before serving, prepare your whipped cream. Place the heavy cream, dulce de leche, salt and powdered sugar in a medium bowl and mix using a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. You can layer it smoothly on top of the cheesecake, or use a piping bag to decorate how you wish.