Toasted Coconut Caramel Cheesecake

Toasted Coconut Caramel Cheesecake with Ganache

crust

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

filling

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 2/3 cup caramel sauce
  • 1 pound cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup toasted coconut

topping

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 5 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • toasted coconut


Crust.

Preheat the oven to 350.  In a bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers, salt and cinnamon.  Drizzle with the melted butter and toss with a fork until moistened.  Press against the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.  Bake for 12 minutes, until golden brown and fragrant; set aside to cool completely.


Filling.

Pour 1/4 cup cream into a microwave safe dish.  Add the gelatin and whisk to combine.  Let stand for 5 minutes; it will be thick and clumpy.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds to completely dissolve the gelatin.  Set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the remaining 1 1/4 cups cream at medium-high speed until soft peaks form.  Add the caramel, cream cheese, vanilla and gelatin mixture and beat until smooth and thick with no lumps.  Fold in the toasted coconut.  Spread over the cooled crust and smooth out the top.  Cover with plastic, and refrigerate for 4-6 hours, or overnight.

 

Topping.

Finely chop the chocolate and place in a bowl.  In a small saucepan, warm the cream over medium-low heat, just until it begins to simmer around the edges.  Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate; let stand for 3 minutes.  Stir with a spatula until smooth and shiny.

Remove the sides of the pan, and set the cheesecake on a serving pedestal.  Pour the warm ganache over the cheesecake, letting it drip over the sides, and sprinkle with more toasted coconut.  The ganache will set in about an hour at room temperature.


Yields 8-12 servings


Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen

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