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March 9, 2012

Samoas Cheesecake

Samoas Cheesecake
For the Cookie Base: You may want to double the cookie base for a thicker crust…I did, but I’m all about crust and some people aren’t.
1  1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
a pinch of salt
1/2  cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2  cup unsalted butter, for browning
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2tsp vanilla
To make the brown butter:
Cut 1/2 cup of butter into pieces. Heat butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir the butter or swirl the pan so the butter does not get burnt. Remove from heat when butter turns light brown and gives off a nutty aroma. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch and salt together.
Cream the remaining 1/2 cup butter(at room temp) until smooth and add the sugar, beating for about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract and the brown butter. Gently stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated. Take cookie base and press down into a 10 inch spring form pan that has already been buttered/floured and lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 350F for 10 minutes. Set out to cool.

For the Cheesecake:
2 1/2 lbs cream cheese
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 TB flour
5 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup sweetened coconut
Cream the cheese until soft. Add in the sugar and mix well. Decrease the mixer speed to low and add the flour.
Add eggs in one at a time scraping bowl down to make sure that there are no lumps.
Stir in the vanilla. The coconuts can be added now; it just get stirred in.
Pour batter into the pan. Bake in a water bath at 350F for approx 1 ½ -2  hours. Let cake sit at room temperature until cool, then chill overnight.

For the Caramel:
1 ½ cups sugar
1/3  cup water
2/3 cup heavy cream
Pour the sugar into the center of a deep saucepan. Carefully pour 1/3 cup water around the walls of the pan, trying not to splash any of the sugar onto the walls. Do not stir; gently draw you finger twice through the center of the sugar, making a cross, to moisten it. Over high heat, bring to a full boil and cook without stirring, swirling the pan occasionally to even out the color, until the mixture is medium caramel in color, 5 to 10 minutes. Immediately turn off the heat and use a wooden spoon to slowly and carefully stir in the cream(it will bubble up and may splatter).
Allow caramel to cool for a few minutes then stir in 12 ounces of sweetened coconut(you can add more if you would like). Stick in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.

For the Chocolate:
6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Melt in microwave 30 seconds at a time

To Assemble:
Once the cheesecake has chilled overnight. Place some of the topping on the cheesecake and spread it around to cover the top. It may be a little runny that is okay. Pipe chocolate stripes onto the cheesecake, as many as you would like and chill for another hour.

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