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Cheesecake Brulee

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Everyone loves cheesecake! This has got to be the one dessert I’ve made more than any other. Let’s face it, it’s a winner! In the past I’ve tried sprucing it up by flavoring the cheesecake all different ways, but now I realize that nothing really can beat a creamy delicious vanilla bean cheesecake. Except! When you Brulee the top. Think crème Brulee meets cheesecake. It works perfectly because cheesecake is firm enough to sprinkle sugar over and then torch it, but also creamy enough to get a really nice contrast in texture. Try this cheesecake out for size, and you may not go back to an un-bruleed cheesecake ever again.

Cheesecake Brulee

Yield 1 9-inch springform pan

Cheesecake Crust

Graham crumbs 1 cup

Sugar 3 T

Melted Butter ¼ cup

Cheesecake Layer

Cream Cheese 30 oz. (1.875 lbs)

Sugar 1 cup 2 Tbsp.

Cornstarch 2 Tbsp.

Sour Cream ½ cup

Vanilla 1 tsp

Eggs 3

Egg yolk 1

Topping

Demerara Sugar 3-5 Tbsp.

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F/ 176 degrees C

For the crust, mix the sugar, graham crumbs, and melted butter until it resembles wet sand. Put graham mixture into a springform pan, and press around to cover the bottom. Bake crust for 10 minutes.

Reduce oven to 250 degrees F / 121 C.

To make the cheesecake layer, it is important to mix the ingredients in the correct order, otherwise, you’ll end up with weird chunks.. trust me, I’ve done it many times.

Also, throughout this whole time you should only mix on low speed. You don’t want to incorporate too much air into the cheesecake, otherwise it will rise and deflate after cooled.

Whisk the sugar and cornstarch together in a bowl and set aside.

Put the room temperature cream cheese into a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the sugar/cornstarch mixture to the cream cheese. Scrape down sides as needed.

Add the sour cream next, and let it mix for a few minutes. Keep scraping down sides.

Add eggs last, scrape down once more, then put in prepared pan and place in oven.  You also want to put another oven safe pan (like a cake pan) on the bottom rack of the oven so the steam can keep the cheesecake moist while baking.

Bake for 50 minutes.

Cool for 4-8 hours in pan. After completely cooled, run a small knife around the edge of the spring form and pop the sides off.

To Brulee the top, you may either cut into slices then Brulee, or Brulee the whole cheesecake before cutting into slices.

Sprinkle an even layer of demerara sugar over the top of the cheesecake. Use a blow torch to Brulee the sugar. Serve and enjoy!

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5 from 1 vote

Cheesecake Brulee

Creamy vanilla cheesecake with a bruleed topping!
Servings: 16 people
Author: Saura Madani

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup graham crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Cheesecake

  • 30 oz. cream cheese, room temp (1.875 lbs)
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk

Topping

  • 3-5 Tbsp. demerara sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F/ 176 degrees C
  • For the crust, mix the sugar, graham crumbs, and melted butter until it resembles wet sand. Put graham mixture into a springform pan, and press around to cover the bottom. Bake crust for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce oven to 250 degrees F / 121 C.
  • To make the cheesecake layer, it is important to mix the ingredients in the correct order, otherwise, you’ll end up with weird chunks.. trust me, I’ve done it many times.
  • Also, throughout this whole time you should only mix on low speed. You don’t want to incorporate too much air into the cheesecake, otherwise it will rise and deflate after cooled.
  • Whisk the sugar and cornstarch together in a bowl and set aside.
    Put the room temperature cream cheese into a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the sugar/cornstarch mixture to the cream cheese. Scrape down sides as needed.
  • Add the sour cream next, and let it mix for a few minutes. Keep scraping down sides.
    Add eggs last, scrape down once more, then put in prepared pan and place in oven. You also want to put another oven safe pan (like a cake pan) on the bottom rack of the oven so the steam can keep the cheesecake moist while baking.
  • Bake for 50 minutes.
  • Cool for 4-8 hours in pan. After completely cooled, run a small knife around the edge of the spring form and pop the sides off.
  • To Brulee the top, you may either cut into slices then Brulee, or Brulee the whole cheesecake before cutting into slices.
  • Sprinkle an even layer of demerara sugar over the top of the cheesecake. Use a blow torch to Brulee the sugar. Serve and enjoy!

4 thoughts on “Cheesecake Brulee”

  1. Hi there! I’m one of your biggest fans, I too live in the same place where the weather dropped 40 degrees! thanks for the recipe. Also, do you still have your desserts in the same restaurants?

    1. Hello! Thanks for commenting! Yes I do still do the desserts for all Kevin Taylor restaurants.. Hickory & Ash, Masa Cocina, and Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House!

  2. 5 stars
    Should I save the cornstarch for another recipe? Jk, I don’t see it on the instructions. Greetings from México.

    1. Hi there! I’m so sorry about that, the cornstarch gets mixed with the sugar before it gets mixed into the cheesecake.. thanks for bringing that to my attention! I’ll get it fixed!

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