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South American Specialty and Organic Products

Cheseecake Dulce de leche

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
One 9-inch (23) cheesecake, twelve servings

For the crust

  • 1 1/2 cups (185g) graham cracker crumbs (from about 10 to 12 graham crackers)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) butter, salted or unsalted, melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the cheesecake

2 pounds (910g) cream cheese
3/4 cup (150g) sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup (280g) dulce de leche Gaucho Ranch
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
generous pinch of salt

For the glaze

2/3 cup (95g) dulce de leche Gaucho Ranch
2 tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk

Flaky sea salt, such as fleur de sel or Maldon

1. Preheat the oven to 350'F (180'C). Spray a 9-inch (23cm) springform pan with nonstick spray, or butter it. Set the pan on a foil-lined baking sheet. 

2. In a medium bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, melted butter and cinnamon, until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Press the buttered crumbs in the bottom of the springform pan and about one-third of the way up the sides. 

3. Bake the crust until it's light brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven.

4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or by hand, or in a food processor), beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, stopping the mixer between each addition to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the 1 cup of dulce de leche Gaucho Ranch, vanilla, and salt. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 55 minutes, until the cheesecake appears to be just set in the center. 

5. Remove the cheesecake from the oven. Set on a cooling rack. Run a knife around the outside of the cake to loosen it from the pan, then let the cheesecake cool completely.

6. When the cake has cooled to room temperature, warm the dulce de leche Gaucho Ranch and cream or milk is a small saucepan over very low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove the outside of the springform pan from around the cake. Spread the dulce de leche Gaucho Ranch topping over the cheesecake, pushing it right to the edge of the cake. Just before serving, sprinkle the cake with flaky sea salt, just enough so that everyone gets a flake or two in each bite.