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White Chocolate Cheesecake with Macadamia Nuts and Caramel


Delicious and easy to make white chocolate cheesecake with L'Orenta Macadamia Nuts and Caramel. 


Ingredients
Crust:
1 cup cinnamon graham cracker crumbs (about 1 sleeve of crackers)
2 tablespoons white sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
Cheesecake
11 oz. white chocolate chips
½ cup half and half
3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
1-teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup roughly chopped L'Orenta macadamia nuts, plus more for topping if desired
 
Caramel:
¼ cup water
1-cup sugar
¾ cup heavy cream
3½ tablespoons butter, cut into 12 cubes
½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. In a bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add butter and stir until all of the crumbs are moistened. Press into the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan and about half an inch up the sides. Bake in oven until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  3. In a double boiler, or in a bowl placed over a pot of simmering water, combine the white chocolate and half and half. Cook, stirring frequently, until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Set aside.
  4. Take the spring form pan with the crust and wrap it tightly in foil, completely covering the bottom and the sides. Ensure no water is able to leak into the pan.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar and mix to combine. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing and scraping the bowl in between additions. Add in the chocolate mixture and the vanilla mixture and mix just until combined. (Make sure you scrape the bottom of the mixer with a spatula to make sure all of the ingredients are combined. Stir in the 1-cup of macadamia nuts. Pour the mixture into the crust.
  6. Place the pan in a larger pan or roasting pan and place it in the oven. Fill the outside pan with about 1 inch of hot or boiling water. Bake the cheesecake until the outside is mostly set and the middle just barely jiggles when you shake the pan, about 1 hour. Turn off the heat and prop the oven door open with a potholder or kitchen towel. Let the cheesecake cool completely in the oven, then remove, cover and refrigerate until chilled thoroughly.
  7. To make the caramel, pour the water into a heavy saucepan. Pour the sugar in the middle of the pan; don’t coat the sides of the pan with sugar. Turn on the heat to medium-low and cook, not stirring, until the mixture turns an amber color. Turn off the heat and add the cream. The mixture may seize, but take a whisk and stir vigorously until it is smooth. Start adding in the butter, 1-2 cubes at a time, letting the butter melt about halfway before adding more butter. Once all the butter has been incorporated, stir in the salt. Transfer the caramel to a glass jar and refrigerate until it thickens and cools completely.
  8. To serve the cheesecake, run a knife around the outside of the pan. Carefully remove the outer edge of the spring form pan, and place the cheesecake on a serving plate. You can either pour the caramel on the whole cheesecake and garnish with additional macadamia nuts, or add the caramel to individual slices.
  9. Store the cheesecake covered in the refrigerator.
 
 

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