This absolutely luxurious and slightly naughty cheesecake took some trial and error I’ll tell you. The other night I had an epic cheesecake fail and almost gave up this little endeavor completely. After the batter was made, only then did I remember that I had thrown away my springform pan in a fit of rage years ago. Then I proceeded to use a cake pan. I also hadn’t let the ingredients come to room temp, didn’t use a proper water bath, and just cooked the crap out of it – basically I broke every rule of cheesecake making. It was tragic. But I picked myself up, dusted off the Kahlua bottle, and tried again. And this cheesecake, my friends, is so worth it!!
Kahlua Toffee Cheesecake with Turbinado Caramel
- 1½ c graham cracker crumbs
- 6 T unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ c firmly packed light brown sugar
- 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese
- 1 c sugar
- 8 oz sour cream
- 2 large eggs
- 3 egg yolks
- ½ t pure vanilla extract
- ¼ c Kahlua coffee-flavored liqueur
- 6 oz Heath milk chocolate English toffee miniatures, divided
- Turbinado Caramel Sauce recipe
- Kahlua Whipped Cream (recipe follows)
Let all ingredients come to room temperature.
On the bottom rack of your oven, place a 13×9 baking dish filled with 2-inches of very hot water. Heat oven to 325F.
For the crust, combine the crumbs, butter, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Press the crumbs over the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and 2-inches up the sides of the pan. Chill the crust while the remaining ingredients are prepared.
In a food processor, pulse half of the mini candy bars into crumbs. Layer into the bottom of the crust.
For the filling, beat the cream cheese in large bowl until fluffy. Add the sugar and sour cream and beat until smooth. Beat in the eggs and yolks, 1 at a time. Mix in vanilla extract and Kahlua. Pour the filling over the candy layer in the prepared crust.
Place the cheesecake on the middle rack (still with the water bath on the bottom rack – see *Note below). Bake at 325F for 55 minutes to 1 hour. (Remember, cheesecake isn’t actually a cake, it’s similar to a custard so you do not want the top browned and you want the center still jiggly.) Turn off the heat, crack the oven, and let the cake sit there 20 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 6 hours.
Serve with Kahlua Whipped Cream and chopped candy pieces on top and drizzled with Turbinado Caramel Sauce.
Kahlua Whipped Cream
- 1 c heavy whipping cream
- 2 t sugar
- 1 t Kahlua
In a cold glass or metal bowl, whip the cream until thickened. Add the sugar and Kahlua. Whip until medium peaks form.
*Note: With the pan of water, steam from the water will help keep the top of the cheesecake from cracking. However, there are two schools of thought on cheesecake – cook directly in a water bath or cook out of the water. I do the latter. I am more willing to deal with a cake with a bit of a sunken middle than I am willing to deal with water leaking into the pan. Even if wrapped with foil, there will still be condensation leaking into the springform pan. But if you still just need that absolutely perfect top and are willing to risk it, by all means stick the cake in the water to cook!
A food processor makes breaking down the candy a snap.
Crust with the candy layer…
Cake is just done! But I’m not going to move it yet so it settles a bit.
Now it’s ready to come out to cool completely.
Whipping the Kahlua Whipped Cream!