Thursday, October 7, 2010

Incredible Toffee Cheesecake

Last summer, Kim and I got a request for a Cheesecake Wedding Cake.  The bride and groom weren't concerned about having a cake that re-enacted the scene of their engagement complete with ice rink and skaters that really move, or a cake that looked like a replica of the Lincoln Memorial, they just wanted a delicious delicious cake to eat.  AH, fellow tribe members.  We made them a sample tasting of this cheesecake and that was that.  This recipe is based on one out of a very old "Bon Appetit" collection.

Toffee Cheesecake


1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350F
  1. Spray a 9 inch springform pan
  2. Combine the three ingredients and press into the bottom and about 1 inch up the sides of the pan
  3. Refrigerate

2 pounds softened cream cheese
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 eggs,put in a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes to come to room temperature
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon juice
  1. Beat cream cheese till very light and fluffy
  2. Add sugar and beat till smooth
  3. Beat the eggs in, one at a time
  4. Add vanilla and lemon juice
  5. Pour filling into chilled crust and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The center should be just slightly wobbly when you gently shake the pan. As it cools, it'll fall in the middle- don't worry-that's where we'll put the caramel.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours at least.
Caramel Topping

1 1/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup water
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup butter,cut into pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Prepare a small bowl with water and ice and have a pastry brush ready.  This will keep your sugar mixture from crystallizing.
  2. Heat sugar with 1/3 cup water stirring just till sugar dissolves.  Raise heat to high and boil-no more stirring. Take your pastry brush, dip it in the ice water, and carefully paint the inside of your pan to wash down any stray sugar crystals.  Do this maybe three times during the boiling process. You don't need[or want] your brush to be soaking wet- just enough to do the job.  As the sugar becomes a deep caramel, swirl the pan.  Don't get nervous and stop this process too soon- the flavor is so much deeper if you can be daring and wait until just before it has gone too far. Take off heat.
  3. Heat cream in a microwave safe measuring cup till the chill is out of it, put the caramel back on low heat and carefully add the cream.  It will bubble up furiously, so be careful.  Stir until the mixture smooths out and mix in the butter.  Cool, then add the vanilla.
Pour the cooled caramel in the center of the cake and put it back in the refrigerator until the top sets, a few hours.
When you are ready, run a knife along the edge of the pan and release the cake.  You can decorate the edges of the cake with rosettes of whipped cream.  Sprinkle with croquante if you're being crazy.


  1. OMG, how the bleep did I miss this??? Love. Love, love. Love it. Have all ingredients. ANd now a kitchen too. Yay me. House to myself. Fifty times yay me. Did I give you my recipe for those fudge chocolate cupcakes? Gonna have to make those after work tomorrow. Yeah, I ate the last batch.

  2. Hmmm, looks pretty close to Mom's recipe for the cake. Her springform was a 12 inch I think. Topping strawberries, and sauce thickened with cornstarch. Was my father's favourite, and was always his birthday cake.

    As a kid, I didn't care for it...... Tastes change with age.

  3. You better try it again! I hated cilantro as a child- now I can't get enough

  4. I do like Cheese cake now. Need to see if the recipe is in the "little red book". It was pretty rich, very similar to what you posted.

  5. Thanks for that recipe Nana, I'll try out your recipe next weekend when friends come around.

    I have an idea for you too, here's what I do lately when baking a cheesecake:

    After the bottom is in the form, I put sour cherries on it, just a layer of 1 cherry next to another (1 glass should do) and after that the filling and so on.

    My cheesecake normally gets very sweet and this adds a kind of special taste and creates a diversion between the sweetness, everybody knows and thinks about when tatsing the cake and the all-of-a-sudden-little-sourness that hits the taste.

    Maybe something to try out, would love to hear if you liked it.

  6. I love that idea! I definitely will try it