Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Squares

Wheatmeal crackers (sometimes called digestive biscuits) have a flavor similar to graham crackers. For this particular recipe, we prefer[ Carr's brand wheatmeal crackers, which are available at supermarkets and labeled as "whole wheat crackers." (Don't use Carr's Wheatolos, which are a bit too sweet.)]

Total Time:
10 hr 35 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
8 hr 40 min
Cook:
1 hr 25 min

Yield:
64 petit fours
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Cheesecake (without glaze) can be chilled up to 3 days.
  • Crust:
  • 3 1/2 ounces wheatmeal crackers (sometimes called digestive biscuits), crumbled (1cup)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin (from a 1/4-ounce envelope)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dulce de leche (12 1/2 ounces)
  • Glaze:
  • 3 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
Directions

To make the crust: Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with 2 sheets of foil (crisscrossed), leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides.

Finely grind crackers with sugar and a pinch of salt in a food processor. With motor running, add butter, blending until combined. Press mixture evenly onto bottom of baking pan. Bake 10 minutes, then cool in pan on a rack 5 minutes.

To make the filling: Sprinkle gelatin over milk in a small bowl and let stand 2 minutes to soften.

Beat together cream cheese, eggs, salt, and gelatin mixture in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until well combined, about 2 minutes, then stir in the dulce de leche gently but thoroughly. Pour filling over crust, smoothing top, then bake in a hot water bath in oven until center is just set, about 45 minutes. Cool cheesecake completely in pan on rack, about 2 hours. Chill, covered, at least 6 hours.

Glaze cake within 2 hours of serving. Heat all glaze ingredients in a double boiler or a small metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring until smooth, then pour over cheesecake, tilting baking pan to coat top evenly. Chill, uncovered, 30 minutes.

Lift cheesecake from pan using foil overhang and cut into 1-inch squares with a thin knife, wiping off knife after each cut.


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