DULCE DE LECHE CHEESECAKE
PREPARATION TIME: 25 minutes
COOKING TIME: 90 minutes
150g (5.29 oz) Amaretti biscuits, crushed
45g (1.5 oz) unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Mix crushed biscuits with the unsalted butter and press onto the bottom and a little up the sides of a 24cm (9 inch) spring form tin. Bake crust until just browned. Set aside to cool.
250ml (1 cup) mascarpone
250ml (1 cup) Philadelphia cream cheese
500ml (2 cups) cream cheese
250ml (235g) castor sugar
60ml (38g) flour
5ml (1 t) vanilla essence
Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until just mixed through, smooth and creamy.
Pour into pre-baked crust shell. Lower oven temperature to 140°C. Bake for about 45-50 minutes or until just set. Turn oven off and cool in oven for about 30-40 minutes before removing from oven. Refrigerate when cool, but remove from fridge about 2-3 hours before serving.
DULCE DE LECHE SAUCE
80ml (1/3 cup) treacle brown sugar
60ml (¼ cup) cream
60ml (¼ cup) condensed milk
Bring sugar and cream to a boil and simmer until sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the condensed milk. Cool. Drizzle over the top of the cheesecake just before serving. Top with sugared pecans.
100g (3 oz) pecans
60ml (¼ cup) water
80ml (1/3 cup) icing sugar
Dip nuts into water. When they are wet, roll them in icing sugar. Place on a baking tray and bake in a preheated 140C oven for about 15 minutes or until toasted. Keep in a Tupperware until ready to use.
CHEF’S TIP: Refrigerate cheesecake and then remove before serving to bring to room temperature for a few hours.