Two of the best desserts known to man, combined in one. It’s a thick, custard-y, vanilla-y cheesecake with a gingersnap crust and a crunchy, not-quite-burnt caramel shell on top, just like Crème Brûlée. This is the best cheesecake I’ve ever made.
So the other day I saw my 8-year-old nephew Landon, and we exchanged an epic high five. It hurt WAY more than a high five with an 8-year-old should, and I was feeling like a total wuss. But then I looked down and saw that my palm was BLEEDING.
Who high-fives while holding an EXTREMELY SHARP number 2 pencil?? Watch out for those nephews, guys. They have no mercy.
I have been double checking every high five since that day. No sharp pencil? Okay, we’re good, let’s high five.
Are you guys ready? For 2 desserts in one? After I made this cheesecake for the second time, I asked my cousin Lani to come over and try it. She is my official taste-tester because she is not afraid to tell me if a recipe sucks. (True friends are hard to come by. You’re the best Lani. Thanks for eating my food. I know it’s a rough job.)
She took one bite and said, Karen, I think this is the best thing you have ever made.
Then we got really excited with the torch and tried to caramelize the outer edges of the cheesecake. It sorta worked.
(If you want to try this, the best method is to wet your hands and moisten the side of the cheesecake, then use your other hand or a spoon to press sugar onto the wet part. Then torch. But probably none of you are as desperate for caramelized sugar as we are.)
After our fire-fun, Lani went home, but I got this text from her several hours later, “All I can think about is that cheesecake! Best dessert I think I have ever had.” I think she liked it.
The idea for this cheesecake has been floating around in my head for a few years now. The first hurdle was getting a kitchen torch, because this recipe is impossible to make without it. Someone gave me a torch for Christmas last year, but I had no fuel. Finally got some butane at Home Depot a few weeks ago, and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t do this sooner, because oh. my. gosh. This cheesecake. Guys.
The photos don’t do it justice. We need audio. If you could hear the crack of that caramelized topping when you tap your fork into it. Oh man. I’m telling you.
You can tell from the photo above that it’s a little softer than a regular cheesecake. It still holds it’s shape and everything, just as a cheesecake should, but it’s meant to be a little more soft and custard-y, like crème brûlée.
If you are stumped for what to get your special someone for Valentine’s Day this year, I say just make them this. No one is going to argue with this cheesecake. Skip dinner and eat the whole thing. I can’t think of anything more romantic.
If you make this cheesecake, snap a photo and share on Instagram using #TheFoodCharlatan. I would be so happy to see it!!
Here are some of my other favorite cheesecakes!
No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar: <<this is great for parties! Self-serve. Love this stuff.
No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Caramelized Peaches: this one’s for you guys in Australia. I can only dream of fresh peaches right now.
More recipes from bloggers I love!
Crème Brûlée from The Pioneer Woman << the classic.
Perfect Cheesecake from Simply Recipes << this recipe is originally from Dorie Greenspan
(I sort of combined the two recipes above to create my Crème Brûlée Cheesecake)
Crème Brûlée Cheesecake Bars from Cooking Classy << I want to try them as bars next!