For Caramel Sauce:
- 2 1/2 cups (518g) sugar
- 10 tbsp (140g) salted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups (300ml) heavy whipping cream, room temperature
- 6 tbsp (49g) all purpose flour, sifted
- 2 cups (268g) graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 24 oz (678g) cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup (144g) light brown sugar
- 3 tbsp (24g) all purpose flour
- 1 cup (230g) sour cream
- 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- Toffee bits
1To make the caramel sauce, pour the sugar into an even layer in a large saucier pan.
2Heat on medium-high heat, whisking the sugar until melted. The sugar will clump up first, but will eventually completely melt. This should take about 10 minutes.
3Once the sugar has melted, stop whisking and allow to cook until the sugar has turned to a little darker amber color. You may notice a nutty aroma. The change in color will happen quickly, so don’t let it go too long or get too dark or it’ll burn. Remove the caramel from the heat.
4Add the butter and whisk until combined. The mixture will bubble up quite a bit, but keep whisking until all the butter has melted and combined.
5Slowly pour the heavy cream into the caramel and whisk until incorporated. I find it can help to add just a bit at a time until the caramel starts to thin out, then you can add the rest. Whisk until well incorporated and smooth.
6Set about 1 1/2 cups of caramel sauce aside for topping. Add the flour to the remaining caramel and set that aside.
7To make the cheesecake crust, preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line a 9-inch (23cm) springform pan with parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides.
8Combine the crust ingredients in a small bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan.
9Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool.
10Cover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil so that water from the water bath cannot get in (see how I prepare my pan for a water bath). Set prepared pan aside.
11Reduce oven temperature to 300°F (148°C).
12Pour the caramel sauce with the flour into the bottom of the crust and spread into an even layer.
13To make the cheesecake filling, beat the cream cheese, brown sugar and flour in a large mixer bowl on low speed until well combined and smooth. Be sure to use low speed to reduce the amount of air added to the batter, which can cause cracks. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
14Add the sour cream and vanilla extract and mix on low speed until well combined.
15Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly to combine after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
16Pour the cheesecake batter into the crust, over the caramel.
17Place the springform pan inside another larger pan. Fill the outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan.
18Bake for 1 hour 45 minutes. The center should be set, but still jiggly.
19Turn off the oven and leave the door closed for 30 minutes. The cheesecake will continue to cook, but slowly begin to cool as well.
20Crack the door of the oven for 30 minutes to allow the cheesecake to continue to cool slowly. This process helps prevent cracking.
21Remove the cheesecake from the oven and remove the water bath and wrapping.
22Refrigerate cheesecake until completely cool and firm, 5-6 hours. When the cheesecake is cool and firm, remove it from the springform pan and place on a serving dish.
23Prior to serving, pour 1/2 a cup of the remaining caramel sauce over the cheesecake and sprinkle with some toffee bits. Serve cheesecake slices with the remaining cup of caramel sauce, for drizzling.
24Store cheesecake in the fridge. Cheesecake is best for 3-4 days.