Johanna posted about her cheesecake birthday cake the other day. You know I've never made a real cheesecake before? I've made cheesy ones (no pun intended) with Tastefully Simple add-ins that are no bake, that's it.
I really, really like cheesecake. I mean, I *really* like cheesecake. If there is anything in the world to waste calories on, cheesecake and chocolate are the ones that first come to mind. I figure if I'm going to consume empty calories I might as well do it right. Hearing that Johanna was making her own cheesecake made me head to the pantry to see if I had the materials.
I had everything but dulce de leche. Do you even know what dulce de leche is? I have a vague notion in my head that it's something like caramel so I was tempted to just use some ice cream topper we had, but as I'm becoming a real cook (hahahahahahahahaha) I decided to try to find out how to make my own.
Ready? Go to your pantry and get out a can of sweetened condensed milk. Now put it in a big pot. Fill your pot with water until it totally covers the can of sweetened condensed milk. Put this on the stove and bring to a boil. Turn the temp down and let the can sit in slow boiling water for about 2 hours. The only thing is to make sure that the can never gets uncovered because I'm told it could explode...and that would be bad, so add warm water as needed. Let the can come to room temperature before opening and wah-lah, dulce de leche.
I don't have a mixer so I thought I wouldn't be able to make a cheesecake but I do have a food processor and that worked beautifully!
My dulce de leche cheesecake is now in the oven. Here's hoping for no cracks so that Del will be impressed with my wizardry in the kitchen.
Thanks for the inspiration, Johanna!