Today I am sharing a really simple recipe for a “no bake” salted caramel cheesecake. I promise this is SOOO good you will hate me forever!!
Like most of the desserts, I make it’s a cheats recipe. By cheat I mean it tastes super good but is quick and simple.
The salted Caramel Cheesecake can be two or three layers.
In it’s simplest form, with just two layers of deliciousness, it takes 5 minutes to make. If you would like something a little more elaborate you can spend some extra time making a praline topping or adding a layer of salted caramel sauce to the top.
Do you think salted caramel cheesecake is “man food?” By “man food” I mean something for hubby to bring along to a poker night.
I was initially making the salted caramel cheesecake for our dessert. I had begun pressing the ginger-nut cookie base into glasses for individual serves when I realised Mr. GG was going to his first ever poker night. I had made six dessert glasses with cheesecake base in the bottom and plenty more base left.
Instead of continuing to make the other six glasses I decided to make a dessert for Mr. GG to take along to the poker game.
In the cupboard, I had some plastic wine taster glasses. I’m not sure where the plastic glasses came from, but I knew they would be perfect for the dessert.
After all, I wasn’t trusting the boys with glass! If that sounds a little rough, believe me, its not. I saw the same group after an evening fishing expedition, and I’m amazed they got home in one piece. The fish were very safe that night.
- 250 gm Gingernut Cookies
- 100 gm salted butter melted
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 350 gm Philadelphia Cream Cheese
- 380 gm "Nestles" Caramel Top & Fill
- 1 Tbs lemon juice
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup cream
- 60 gm salted butter
- 1/4 tsp salt
Place the ginger nut cookies in a food process and pulse until crushed.
Add the melted butter and cinnamon to the cookie base and pulse until the butter is evenly distributed.
Press the mixture gently into serving glasses.
Place the Nestle Caramel "Top & Fill", cream cheese and lemon in the food processor and pulse until smooth.
Pipe or spoon the filling into the glasses to form a second layer.
Refrigerate the cheesecakes for at least 3-4 hours if serving in glasses. If you are making a large cheesecake in a springform pan you will need to refrigerate overnight to enable the dish to set. Alternatively you could add gelatine to set the cheesecake. *Please note, I prefer the cheesecake without gelatine and served in glasses.
In a saucepan combine the butter, sugar, cream and salt.
Simmer the mixture for 4 minutes whilst stirring.
Remove the caramel from the heat.
Allow the caramel to come to room temperature.
Pour a thin layer of caramel over the cheesecakes.
Serve with cream and grated chocolate if desired.
It was when I was adding the filling to the petite little cups that I started to wonder if this dessert may be too feminine for a poker night. I dismissed this idea as ridiculous, “Who doesn’t like dessert” I thought.
When Mr. GG arrived home, I said, “I made you something for tonight.” He looked at me suspiciously and said. “What do you mean for tonight.”
I proudly opened the fridge where 14 Salted Caramel Cheesecakes were chilling ready for the evening. He looked at me and said. “I’m not taking those.”
I said, “Why not?”
There was a bit of “too-ing and throwing” on the conversation before he finally said, “I’m drinking beer with blokes! We are not sitting around eating dessert.”
“Oh, ” I said. I had suspected cheesecake wasn’t “man food” and it had been confirmed. I continued to clean up the kitchen. I wasn’t particularly perturbed as I had been making the dessert anyway. Then it occurred to me that hubby didn’t know these weren’t made especially for hi, so I said.
“You really weren’t too worried about my feelings were you?”
He said, “What do you mean?”
I said, “I made these especially for you to take tonight and you just said flat out NO WAY.”
He looked at me like I was speaking another language, he said, “This isn’t about feelings, this is about drinking beer, and playing poker with blokes.”
LOL! I can’t argue with his male logic, and I was just teasing anyway.
So if any of the wives want Salted Caramel Cheesecake, I have plenty. Oh and if any of the “poker playing blokes” would have liked to try this delicious dessert I am very sorry, it’s not “Man Food.”
Since I prepared this dessert, I have made two other desserts in the plastic wine glasses. The first this Chocolate Mocha Mousse
and the second was this Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Trifle.
I’ve found that these are popular for BBQ’s and parties. The plastic wine taster glasses can be found at the “Reject Shop” for Australian readers or here on Amazon for those in the US or elsewhere.