SALTED CARAMEL MINI CHEESECAKES
(Makes about 20)
240 g (1 packet) digestive biscuits, crushed
60 ml (50 g) castor sugar
100 ml (100 g) melted butter
350 g cream cheese, softened
40 ml (20 g) cake flour
300 ml (250 g) castor sugar
10 ml vanilla essence
250 ml soured cream
200 g butter
190 ml (150 g) soft brown sugar
180 ml (150 g) castor sugar
125 ml (150 g) golden syrup
250 ml fresh cream
5 ml vanilla essence
5 ml Maldon salt flakes (or more, add to taste)
Preheat the oven to 160 °C. Grease and line two muffin pans with 18 paper cups.
Mix all the crust ingredients together until combined.
Divide the mixture into the muffin cups and press into an even layer on the base only.
Bake for 5 minutes.
Cool while you prepare the filling.
Beat the cream cheese, flour and castor sugar together.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add the vanilla and the soured cream and mix in.
Tap the bowl of mixture a few times on the counter to get rid of large air bubbles.
Fill the muffin cups with the filling (almost to the top) and bake for about 20 minutes at 160 °C until cooked. Do not overcook the cheesecakes.
Leave to cool completely before removing from the muffin pan.
METHOD SALTED CARAMEL:
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and cook until a sugar thermometer reads 110 °C.
Remove from the heat and set aside until the caramel reaches room temperature.
Fold the salt into the cooled caramel.
Spoon a generous helping of salted caramel over each little cheesecake and sprinkle with a few salt flakes (optional)