Caramel cheesecake

Caramel cheesecake

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(31 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Plus overnight chilling

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Serves 8

Molasses flavour from muscovado sugars and a topping of thinly sliced fudge... this make-ahead pud is pure indulgence

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal498
  • fat35g
  • saturates22g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars30g
  • fibre0g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.59g
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  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 140g plain digestive biscuit

For the filling

  • 4 gelatine leaves (I used Supercook), cut into wide strips (or 1 x 11g sachet, see Know-how, below)
  • 400g crème fraîche
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 50g dark muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 400g ricotta



    Ricotta is an Italian cheese made from whey and traditionally a by-product of…

  • 50g fudge, finely sliced



    This internationally known and popular soft sweet treat is based

  • icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Gently melt the butter in a small pan over a low heat. Place the digestives in a plastic bag and crush to fine crumbs using a rolling pin; you can also do this in a food processor. Tip them into the pan with the melted butter, stir to coat, then transfer to a 20cm springform cake tin (9cm deep). Using the back of a spoon, press them into the base, making sure you seal the edges. Place in the fridge while you prepare the next stage.

  2. If using leaf gelatine, place in a bowl, cover with cold water, soak for 5 mins, then drain. Pour 3 tbsp boiling water over the soaked gelatine and stir to dissolve. If using a sachet, see Know-how, below.

  3. Place the crème fraîche in a small pan with the muscovado sugars and a pinch of sea salt, then gently heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture liquefies and the sugar has dissolved. Give the mixture a quick whisk to get rid of any lumps. It should be warm, roughly the same temperature as the gelatine solution. Stir the gelatine and vanilla extract into the crème fraîche mixture, transfer to a bowl and cool.

  4. Place the ricotta in a food processor and whizz until smooth, then add the crème fraîche mixture and whizz again. Pour this on top of the cheesecake base. Cover with cling film and chill overnight.

  5. Run a knife around the sides of the tin, then undo the clip and remove it. Transfer to a plate or leave the cheesecake on the base for ease of serving. Pile the fudge flakes in the centre and dust with icing sugar. Cover and chill until required.

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26th Oct, 2011
I made this for the 1st time a couple of weeks ago and took into work to taste test the whole cheese cake was devoured within 15 mins. Every one loved the taste & texture, best cheesecake ever great caramel flavour looked just like the photo i rate this 10/10
28th Jun, 2011
delicous very tasty but a bit tricky to make
14th Jun, 2011
This is delicious all my family loved it it is a bit tricky to make i had to do the jelatin crystals twice as its the first time i have used them but i think if you keep stiring them in the hot water it helps dont leave them or they set hard!was worth the time it took to make topped mine with thorntons fudge yummy
21st Mar, 2011
Really easy and really yummy. Used hobnobs for base and didn't top with fudge, just a dusting of icing sugar which made it all shiny. definitely would make again.
17th Dec, 2010
I've mad ethis 3 times now - easy to follow recipe and it is perfect every time.
11th Nov, 2010
Amazing, I made it on the mornng and had to put it in the freezer for about 1 hr to help it set for Sunday Lunch and it was still yummy. Everyone asked for seconds as it was so light and tasty. I was amazed at the flavour in the cheesecake considering it is only sugar and vanilla, could easily decorate it with whatever one liked, fudge worked well but next time I may try decoratng it with chocolate shards.
21st Jul, 2010
Had some friends round and had this amazing dessert - and everyone commented on it - the best they have ever tasted!!!!
6th Dec, 2009
I have made this 3 times now and each time it goes down a treat, a real crowd pleaser! It is one of my personal cheesecake favourites!
29th Oct, 2009
Really liked this cheesecake too as did my dinner guests! Looked exactly like the picture aswell so will definitely make it again.
20th Oct, 2009
First cheesecake iv ever made by myself! a complete yummy success !


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