Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce
I have made many cheesecakes over the years but this one is my current favourite.
Part of its charm is that it’s a little bit wobbly at the end of the cooking time and goes on firming up as it cools and chills. This makes it extra specially soft and luscious.
The Delia Online Cookery School: You can also watch how to make caramel in our video, just press the recipe image to play.
This recipe is from Delia's Cakes. Serves 8
First blitz the biscuits into crumbs in a food processor, then tip them into a bowl, add the melted butter and give it a thorough mix.
Next press the crumbs evenly into the base of the lined tin using the back of a metal spoon to give it a smooth surface. Now make the filling. In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, caster sugar and flour. Then stir in the crème fraiche, beaten eggs and vanilla. Pour half the mixture over the biscuit base and place it on the lowest shelf of the oven, then pour in the other half. Bake for 55 minutes, by which time the cheesecake will be barely coloured; it should be just set firm on the edge but still slightly wobbly in the centre. Now turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in the oven to cool completely, before placing in the fridge for several hours to firm up. Once chilled, the cheesecake can be removed from its tin and placed on a serving dish.
To make the caramel sauce: put the granulated sugar into the saucepan over a very gentle heat. While the sugar is heating (which will take about 7 minutes) shake the pan every now and then to move it around and prevent it caramelising in patches before all the sugar has had time to dissolve. When all the sugar has melted, turn the heat up to high so the liquid begins to bubble and darken. Stir and simmer until the mixture becomes the colour of dark honey (but watch it carefully as it only takes a few seconds to turn from caramel to burnt sugar!). Take the pan off the heat and add the hot water – this will make it splutter but this will soon die down. You can watch How To Make Caramel Sauce in our Cookery School Video on this page.
Now add the cream and vanilla, and stir to combine well. Leave to cool, and store in a lidded container. Serve in a jug to pour over the cheesecake at the table.
Pre-heat the oven to 150°C, gas mark 2
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You will need a Delia Online 20cm by 4cm Round Loose-base Sponge Tin (or similar), greased and lined, plus a Delia Online 'Sauce' Pan (or similar)
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I have made the baked vanilla cheesecake before and it is delicious. On this occasion I would like to make it in a loaf tin. Obviously it is going to be a lot deeper - could you give me an idea how long I should cook it for, please, and at what temperature?
Please can you tell me if it is possible to freeze the baked vanilla cheesecake.