October 8, 2013

Toffee Caramel Cheesecake

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I really wanted to get good photos of these, really I did.  I made this one day, let it sit overnight, and tried to take photos Saturday morning.  I didn't plan super well and only had, like, 5 minutes before we had to leave for the volleyball tournament.  But I knew I had to take them then or there would've be any left after my family got done with it.
 
There's nine of us, so one cheesecake doesn't last very long.  Two days max.
 
 
So by the time I wanted to take good ones, there was no longer a subject for my pictures.  Soooooo you're left with these, which I know are blurry, and way overexposed.  I'm sorry.
 
Don't let my pictures scare you from making this!  It was a huge hit at our house and I also couldn't get enough of it.  Thanks to the caramel topping and the sweetened condensed milk, this cheesecake is super creamy.  That's what I think of first when I think of this; creamy.  It's not overly sweet and the caramel flavor isn't dominating.  Its just enough and the toffee bits add that crunch and mix up the creaminess. 
 
 
Volleyball is more than halfway through!  (You all will be glad that I'll have a new subject line when the season ends! :)  That means there is less than a month until the new baby gets here.  I am so excited about this new sibling.  As sad as it will be when volleyball ends, I'm grateful it ends when it does because I will be able to be at home and enjoy this new baby.  There's a part of me that REALLY hopes my brothers do basketball simply so while they are at games or at practice, I get to hold the baby and not have to share.  Because I love holding newborns.  It could probably count as a hobby.  Unfortunately, my mom is one of those moms that doesn't carry the baby around everywhere, but lets it learn to sit in its car seat and lay on its blanket on the floor (aka, not become best friends with its older sister reliant on us holding it)  I do get it, however, sharing this baby with six other children wanting to hold it as much as I will be hard.
 
 
This new baby will also be different because I will only have a couple years with it.  I won't get to grow up with it the same way I grew up with Luke or Abigail.  That's another reason I would like to spend as much time with him/her as I can.  I don't have a lot of it left. 
I've been asked whether I want a boy or a girl.  This is the first time I really have not cared (maybe because I have enough of each gender already? :)  If its a boy, it will be a great buddy for John Caleb, and I'll be happy.  If its a girl, then I am going to have the time of my life dressing her in adorable clothes and headbands and flowers.  And I'll be happy.  I used to think I wanted twins when I was litte, a girl and a boy, but then I became wise got older and realized that is a TON of work. 
All in all, I'm super excited and can't wait for the beginning of November, even if it means volleyball is over.  (I'll miss it so much though!)


Toffee Caramel Cheesecake
Recipe Source: The Sweet {Tooth} Life
Yield: 16 servings

Crust:
1-1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 cup toffee baking bits

Cheesecake:
3 (8 oz.) cream cheese (I used low fat), softened
1 (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
1 cup caramel ice cream topping
 
Toffee bits for garnish (about 1/2 cup)
 
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line a 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper.  Set aside.
 
Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and brown sugar; stir until combined.  Press into prepared pan.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Let cool.  Once crust is cooled, sprinkle toffee bits evenly over crust.  Set aside.
 
While crust is cooling, beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk together for several minutes, until smooth.  Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition.  Beat in caramel ice cream topping.  Pour over crust. 
 
Prepare a water bath by filling a 15x10x2 inch jelly roll pan with 1/2-1 inch water.  Place cheesecake in it and bake for 75-80 minutes.  Let cool on a wire rack for at least an hour before chilling for six hours or overnight. 
 
Sprinkle with toffee bits before serving.  Enjoy!
 
I've got you covered when it comes to cheesecake!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

34 comments:

  1. A new baby!!! How exciting! My sister just had another baby so I've been spending lots of time with my niece. I'm so excited to watch her grow up :)

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    1. It is fun, isn't it? I'm excited! :) Thanks!

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  2. Still looks delicious to me!!! LOVE it.

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  3. Trying to take good pictures before the food is eaten is always such a challenge! This cheesecake still looks amazing though! And yay for a new baby in the house!

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    1. Speaking from experience? :) Actually, your photos are always gorgeous, Meghan. Thanks!

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  4. This looks and sounds so scrumptious! I haven't made a cheesecake in so long - too long! Sometimes I have to hide food so I can get a picture of it. I didn't know you were going to be a big sister all over again! Such an exciting time!

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    1. Hehe, hiding it :) Not a bad idea! Thanks Reeni, it is an exciting time!

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  5. I love this caramel twist on cheesecake. Cheesecake has a special place in my heart so I could easily eat a few slices! YUM!

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    1. It has a special place in my heart, too. Thanks Pamela!

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  6. Don't mind the pictures...It is clear that this looks delicious. I love the toffee bits. A new baby? That is so exciting!!

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    1. Yeah, SCM makes most things delicious ... :) And I love toffee bits, too! Thanks!

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  7. I was just going to say the same thing. Even if these pictures aren't your best it still looks incredible!
    And I'm so excited for you and your new sibling!! Can't wait to find out if it is a girl or a boy:)

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    1. Thanks Chloe! You'll be one of the first to know, I'm sure! :)

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  8. I want to eat this cheesecake. So the photos definitely did their job! It just looks perfect, plus I am a sucker for toffee anything!

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    1. You're really sweet, Sarah, thanks! Ug, I'm such a sucker for toffee, too ... make that sugar in general; its a problem! :)

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  9. I'm so happy for you, a new baby in the family sounds so so exciting! And the photos are great, because they really want to make me eat this cheesecake, it looks scrumptious :)

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    1. Definitely exciting! Thanks Consuelo, I'm glad the photos did their job as best they could. :) Congrats on your new camera and photos, they're stunning!

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  10. I didn't know your mom was going to have a baby! I LOVE to hold babies wish I could hold your new sibling:)

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  11. Hey, that is so cool that you used toffee bits IN THE CRUST! How creative / (dare I say it AGAIN) genius! I love hearing about your siblings, and I am so pumped about the baby, too! :) I always thought twins would be fun, too. :) And for the record, this dessert looks just as delectable as all the others, despite what you say about the pictures not being "the best." (Your words, not mine.) They still made me hungry! Toffee bits = on the grocery list!

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    1. Thanks Hannah! Random thought; can you imagine us in charge of twins? ;) Toffee bits are amazing in just about anything, so their always good to have on the list!

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  12. Congrats on your soon to be addition to the family! And I'm surprised that cheesecake lasts so long in your house ;) It's devoured FAST in our house! Love this cheesecake!!

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    1. If it was up to my brothers, it would last one meal. :) Cheesecake is always a favorite. Your salted caramel one would be a hit around here as well!

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  13. Cheesecake is such a happy food and congrats on the new addition to your family!

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  14. Oh nonsense. You're pictures looks amazing! ...Taking really good pictures is almost as stressful as trying to get a recipe right..in my case anyway.

    And congrats, congrats to you and your family! How exciting :) ...I think you're going to be baking double cheesecakes soon...and if you're worried about having too much on hand, then what ever is left over you can send my way ;)

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

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    1. Tammmy, thank you for making me smile! I love your comments, girl! :) I'll make sure to send you an extra slice ... we will need to make two next time!

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  15. I hate when I have to rush a photo shoot! The cheesecake still looks delicious...can't beat toffee and caramel. :)
    Congrats on having a new sibling soon...what a wonderful blessing. I have 3 younger sisters. Me and the youngest are 10 years difference. So when I went to college, she was 8 years old. We are very close today even though I didn't spend as much time growing up with her as I did with my other 2 sisters.

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    1. Thanks Tina! I didn't know you had so many sisters ... that really cool about how close you are to your youngest sibling. I really hope I can have that with this new baby!

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  16. mmmmm!!!! This cheesecake looks like a piece of heaven!!!! And YAY!!!!!!!!! This is such an amazing news!!! Congrats girl! November isn't that far! :)

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  17. One look at your cheesecakes has me interesting in the blog. You pictures are so great, have to try some of your masterpieces. I would love to have you to link up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/10/clever-chicks-blog-hop-56-with-ruby.html



    I hope you can make it!
    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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