Saturday, May 10, 2008

Dulce De Leche Cheesecake

I made this cheesecake specially for Carlos as he is crazy over this sinful sweet. Dulce de leche is very sweet caramel flavored, thick gooey custard that is very popular among people from Latin America. It is made by blending milk, sugar, and vanilla and cook for hours until it becomes thick, smooth and brown in color. Another way of cooking dulce de leche is to boil the whole can of sweet condense milk for at least 6 hours. It can be eaten alone or as a topping for waffles, flan, bread or ice cream. It is also used a lot in cakes and other pastries. You can get it from any Latin American groceries store or some supermarket. I bought mine from Amazon online but recently I found it at Wegman’s supermarket at the international section.

Carlos told me a funny story about his love of Dulce De Leche. When he first moved here from Argentina he and his housemate just crave of this sweet and they decided to make some. They bought 4 cans of sweet condense milk and a big huge pot. Start boiling it and after an hour they completely forgotten about it and went out for a movie. When they came home the downstairs neighbor told them that he heard some loud bang like something exploded coming from their unit. They still have no clue what was happening. When the open the door it was like a scene coming out of a horror movie. The 4 cans of dulce de leche exploded and the gooey brown stuff was all over the apartment from the ceiling to the wall and furniture. They only realized that they had forgotten about the boiling cans and with the intense heat from the dry up pot it creates gas inside the cans and it exploded. It took them 1 whole week to clean up and give a new coat of paint to the apartment. After that they stay away from Dulce De Leche for a long time. I laugh so hard when he told me the story.

So if you want to cook your own dulce de leche do be careful. Keep adding water to the boiling pot and do no open the can right after you take it out from the pot. Let it cool down for a few hours before opening the can or else it will explode on you and you might need to go to emergency room because of that.

Ingredients :

Base :
12 pcs of graham crackers
5 tbsp of melted butter

Filling :
250 grm of low fat cream cheese
4 tbsp of sour cream
4 tbsp of sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp of vanilla
4 tbsp of light cream

some dulce de leche

1) Prepare a spring form pan and greased it with some butter. Pre-heat oven to 325 degree F.
2) Blend the graham crackers finely in a food processor and add in melted butter. Press firmly to the baking pan and set aside.
3) Put all the filling ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the filling on top of the crust.
4) Drizzle some dulce de leche over the cheesecake filling then use a skewer to swirl the leceh around.
5) Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until the center of the filling set.
6) Cool complete and drizzle more dulce de leche on the top before serving.

Note : If dulce de leche is too thick warm it up in the microwave oven until it soft enough to drizzle.

Wishing all mother's A Happy Mother's Day!!


Kiersten said...

OMG that cake looks so sinfully delicious! I can taste the melting cheese in my mouth, and the dulce de leceh too! I need to move near you, Gert! :)

pearly said...

this is real good!t I was thinking of making Banoffee Pie for kids at work now seem this is better I will copy it and make it next week for my kids at work , it will be test real good for hot summer desert :P thank for sharing ,,, look so yummmmmmy

Jerry said...

Yummy! Cheesecake! I've heard about making your own dulce, I might be one of those people who made the kitchen explode.

Melita said...

I would be crazy for that cheesecake too! Yummy!
I make my own dulce deleche, and I love it's 101(at least) uses :)

Zue Murphy said...

What a lesson to learn. It was a horrified story. I cannot imagine all the sweetness splattered all over the place. Yikes!
But that cheesecake looks great.

Jun said...

hi Gert..sedap tu ayam lemon..cheesecake..hehe...happy mother's day to u too...mmuahhhh!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Yummy! This looks fantastic!

cikMilah said...

Hi Gert, kelakarnya cerita dulce terbang..bahaya kan kalau dia ada kat rumah masa tu!
Happy Mother's Day

Anonymous said...

I love almost all kinds of cheesecake and have a weakness for de leche. Dare I indulge in this wonderfully delicious looking cake? Way too tempting.


Tarah at Genesis of a Cook said...

Beautifully done! Looks outstanding!

Big Boys Oven said...

walio! so nice and so so deli....cious! yeah lor, look so outstanding!

Ummi said...

Hello Gert, hope not being late to wish u Happy Mother's Day...Ur cheesecake look so nice n drooling me..

Anonymous said...

Happy Mother's day, Gert! Oh my the cheesecake is too sinful! Might need to try it someday.

Rita Ho said...

Oh boy, I hope David is too busy to visit your blog today, Gert. He cannot stay away from sinful desserts and will be tempted to make this cheesecake himself. Another gem from your bakery. :)

Carlos' story is fit for a movie script! I suppose he didn't take any pictures for memory sake. LOL!

ICook4Fun said...

Pinky, actually is not difficult to make this yourself :)

Pearly, thank you. Hope the kids like the cheesecake.

Jerry, it's scary isn't it :)

Medena, another Dulce De Leceh fan :) Thanks for stopping by.

Zue, memang scary. Is better to buy it rather than making it yourself.

Jun, thank you.

Sweet & Saucy, thanks for stopping by and for your comment :)

cikmilah, mesti hati hati kalau nak buat De Leceh sendiri :)

Lee, you too like Dulce De Leceh :)

Tarah, thank you :)

BBO, thank you :)

Ummi, thank you. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day :)

Dawn, thank you.

Rita, can you imagine the scene when the walk into the apart with all the gooey stuff everywhere :) Hope David will try out this cheesecake :)

SIG said...

Oh thank God for that warning. We cannot have cans exploding in my house or I'd have nightmares. Imagine all the creepy crawlies coming! I shudder. I in fact saw an episode of Chef at Home doing just what you described. And actually planned to try it. But am taking no such risk. Hehe. Thanks for this post!

SIG said...

Oops, belated Happy Mum's Day!

Jun said...

gert..i tagged u eh..nnti free leh buat..ur blog mmg happening..biar ramai tau..heeee

Beachlover said...

Gert,you make me laugh so hard imagine Carlos apt with sticky condense milk!!.oh! mine this cheese cake look so sinful and sweet..talking about sweet yesterday my friends from city come in island with a tray of beautiful 12 different pcs cheesecake from Sam Club.I took a bite and it's really sweet.I think the rest 11 pcs ,Elliot going to wallop all without blink,he love very sweet dessert like Carlos.I never try dulce de leceh must be good!!.

Yatie_T said...

your cheese cake nampak macam yang orang jual kat kedai. I love dulce de leche but never eat a cheese cake with it before. Must be really good. :)I used to eat condense milk in a tiny triangle packet when I was a kid.

ICook4Fun said...

Singairishgirl,thank you. It's ok to make it yourself but just be extra careful :)

Jun, thanks for the tag.

Lesley, I am not a fan of Dulce De Leceh cos' I find it too sweet. Elliot is just like Carlos. He always complaint that my dessert is not sweet enough as I always cut down on the sugar :)

Yatie, I pun ingat the tiny packet triangle milk. If I am not it's Susu Cap Junjung :)

Salt N Turmeric said...

de leche or de leceh? lol? nasib baik lah owner tu tak halau diorang keluar fr the apt ye Gert?

ICook4Fun said...

Farina, thanks. I just realized my mistake :) :) The owner wanted to to repaint the apartment :)

Myrtille said...

This cheesecake looks fabulous!

Bakericious said...

Hi Gert, I baked this DDL cheesecake, very yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.