Recipe by Dawn
"I work at a coffee shop and my favorite coffee drink is a caramel macchiato so I created a caramel macchiato cheese cake that has become my favorite cheese cake."
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graham cracker crumbs
3 (8 ounce) packages
cream cheese, softened
1 (8 ounce) container
brewed espresso or strong coffee
pressurized whipped cream
caramel ice cream topping
I'm Dawn's husband, Kevin. For over 20 years, I've been the winner. Dawn puts so much into her cooking and loves putting new dishes in front of us all the time. The Carmel Macchiato Cheesecake is another in a long line of great recipes Dawn has come up with. It's the best desert I've had and, thanks to Dawn, I've had a lot of great deserts!
I have a few problems with this recipe. First, if you have it without the caramel, you can taste the coffee. It's a delicate flavor but definitely there. To achieve this flavor I bought some decaf french roast and double brewed it on the strong setting. (I am sensitive to caffeine but love the flavor of coffee.) But once you add the caramel, it overpowers the flavor and it's much harder to taste. Second, the baking time is wrong. I've made cheesecakes a few times and usually I bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes. But given that the ingredients in this one had added liquid from coffee and a full cup of sour cream, I thought I should do as the author instructed and did it at 325 for 1hr and 5 mins. My cheesecake was overcooked. A cheesecake should not appear browned anywhere and the top of mine was getting browned after an hour. I did bake it in a water bath, even with that I had this odd experience of it not sinking in the middle but rather it was high along the edge with a dip just inside that then rose to the center. I also did everything I could not to over beat. The cheesecake was also not smooth and creamy - perhaps this was in part due to being over baked. For my preference, the crust is also double what I needed. What saved this for me was the caramel sauce, but mine was not store bought. With the addition of a nice caramel sauce, I would give it 3 stars. As written it is a 2 star recipe. It sounds nice, but falls short of what it promises.
The first time I made this recipe, I overbeat it and didn't use a waterbath. The cheesecake rose while baking, then fell and cracked. It was the ugliest thing I'd ever made! I ended up cutting off the high edges to make it level, then covered the top with a chocolate ganache. Everyone loved it! I've made it two times since and it has turned out beautifully each time. Don't overbeat your cheesecake, and bake it in a water bath (see instructions on baking a cheesecake). The ganache is still a nice complement--scald a cup of heavy cream, then pour it over 1 1/2 cups of chopped chocolate. Let it sit for 5 mins, then stir until melted. Add 1 tsp. of vanilla, stir, and pour /spread on top of cheesecake.
This cheesecake was absolutely incredible! I went to Starbucks and asked for a quadruple shot of espresso, used 1/4 cup for the recipe, then froze the rest in an ice cube tray to use for iced mochas. I baked it in a water bath, and when the hour was up, I turned off the oven and left the cheescake in the oven to cool for a few hours. Absolutely no cracks! I made it a couple of days ahead so the flavors had time to mature, and served it with drizzled caramel and whipped cream, just like in the picture.
If you love chocolate, make a mocha cheesecake with the addition 8 ounces of melted semisweet chocolate stirred into the cheesecake mixture! Heavenly!
This was wonderful... I made homemade caramel sauce- used approximately 1/4 cup in the batter by fillign the crust half way with the batter then dropping in large drops of the caramel sauce. i then took a butter knife and swirled the drop throughout the batter. I repeated this again after adding the remainder of the batter to the shell. I love Starbucks Caramel macchiatos and this sure did take care of my Starbucks fix for the day.
Creamy and smooth, and absolutely decadent with homemade caramel. Make sure to bake the cheesecake in a water bath for that perfect texture. If you can manage not to eat it all at once, the individual slices freeze and defrost really nicely -- just make sure they're wrapped really well in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing. 30-60 minutes out of the freezer, and a divine treat without all the prep!
Wow! If you love cheesecake and you love caramel and coffee flavors then this cheesecake is for you! I mean this is one fabulous dessert! It just doesn't get much better than this. There's just enough coffee flavor in here so it's not overpowering and just subtle enough to really come through and compliment the caramel topping. The richness and creaminess of the cheesecake is well...as one of my guests put it "to die for". I always bring my ingredients to room temperature before mixing and don't overbeat - plus do a waterbath to avoid cracks. I topped it with homemade whipped cream and it was beyond delicious! Thanks for a great recipe Dawn!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 315
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