Dulce de Leche–Pumpkin Cheesecake with Candied Almonds

Sweet milk caramel, or dulce de leche, takes this decadent cheesecake over the top–be sure to save room for dessert!

Yield: 12 servings
Total:
Recipe from Oxmoor House

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 40 Minutes
Total: 11 Hours, 37 Minutes


Ingredients

  • CRUST:
  • 2 (5.3-oz.) packages pure butter shortbread cookies
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 4 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned dulce de leche
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • CANDIED ALMONDS:
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
  • Parchment paper
  • TOPPING:
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream, divided
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned dulce de leche

Preparation

  1. 1. Prepare Crust: Preheat oven to 350°. Process shortbread cookies and almonds in a food processor 30 seconds or until finely ground. Place in a medium bowl; stir in melted butter. Press mixture onto bottom of a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray.
  2. 2. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.
  3. 3. Prepare Filling: Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add dulce de leche, beating at low speed until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears after each addition. Add pumpkin and next 3 ingredients, beating at low speed until just blended. Pour batter into prepared crust.
  4. 4. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until almost set. Turn off oven. Let cheesecake stand in oven, with door partially open, 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven, and gently run a knife around edge of cheesecake to loosen from sides of pan. (Do not remove sides of pan.) Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.
  5. 5. Meanwhile, prepare Candied Almonds: Preheat oven to 300°. Whisk egg white, sugar, and cinnamon until foamy. Fold in almonds until coated. Spread almonds in a single layer on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet.
  6. 6. Bake at 300° for 26 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on pan (about 30 minutes). Remove almonds from parchment paper, and break into small pieces.
  7. 7. Prepare Topping: Beat 1/2 cup whipping cream until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Transfer chilled cheesecake to a serving plate. Spread topping over cheesecake.
  8. 8. Combine 1/2 cup dulce de leche and remaining 1/4 cup whipping cream in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, 4 minutes or until smooth. Drizzle dulce de leche sauce over topping, and sprinkle with Candied Almonds. Serve immediately.
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