Crème Brûlée Cheesecake


Katie doesn’t seem to be suffering with both her brothers out of the house. In fact, she was delighted that more of her dinner requests and desserts would be honored. I’d been wanting to combine two of her favorite sweets for years…cheesecake and crème brûlée. A quick Google search brought me to a Fine Cooking recipe for this Crème Brûlée Cheesecake, which I tweaked slightly and divided to make a half batch. Please pop over and visit my sweet friend, Emily, from Life on Food to see my hints for making this exquisite dessert.

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Crème Brûlée Cheesecake
For Crust:
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
For Cheesecake:
  • 12 ounces cream cheese (1½ bricks), at room temperature
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla bean paste (may substitute vanilla extract)
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1-2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375º.
  2. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter till well combined. Pat half onto the bottom and about half way up the sides of each of two 5 x 2½ inch round spring form pans. Or use whatever smaller spring form pans you have which could hold 5 cups of batter. Bake for 5-7 minutes till crust slightly darkens. Remove to rack and cool. Reduce oven temperature to 300º.
  3. Using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer, beat cream cheese, mascarpone, flour and salt till smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add sugar and continue mixing till smooth then add and mix in vanilla paste. Add eggs one at at time, mixing just until incorporated. Divide batter between the 2 spring form pans.
  4. Bake for about 40 minutes or till most of cheesecake is set and only the middle is slightly jiggly when pan is tapped. Remove to rack and cool completely. Place in refrigerator and chill at least 8 hours. Carefully remove sides of spring form pans, then use an spatula to release cheesecakes from bottom of the pans onto serving plates.
  5. To serve, sprinkle each with a scant 1 tablespoon of turbinado sugar and use kitchen torch to melt the sugar.
Yield: 6-8 servings
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  1. Those are some gorgeous creme brulees!

  2. Woohoo.. good for Katie. A girl deserves to be spoiled a little. :) Love the idea of a cheesecake brulee… it looks amazing too. :)

  3. Oh, I love it :)

  4. Great for Katie! love this cheesecake brulee buttery tasting I am sure!

  5. OMG creme brulee + cheesecake…what a perfect combination!!
    Have a nice week

  6. I love creme brulee cheesecake! All that crackly, caramelized sugar on top of creamy cheesecake is heaven! Fantastic guest post!

  7. Ooh…Katie’s got some good taste in desserts! :) Heading over to your guest post now…

  8. Oh yum, I know if it is a recipe from you it will be delicious! Lucky daughter you have there, and I hope she knows it. I would weigh 400lbs if I lived with you, lol. I am about to e-mail you shortly with a most unusual request :)

  9. A creme Brulee cheese cake? How did u get that idea, its a whole new thing, I believe. Sounds like I ought to make it for myself to see. =D

    Thanks for sharing Liz, hope u enjoyed your weekend! ;)

  10. Gosh, this looks so good. Even for someone who don’t fancy desserts, I am drooling.

  11. I love cheesecake

  12. Creme Brulee + Cheesecake? How can anyone resist this??

  13. You had me at creme brulee! Katie has great taste :)

  14. Tough opening loss for our Colts Liz, but it must have been worse at your house with the Packers loss. Though this cheesecake probably has the necessary “healing” powers. ;-)

  15. Amazing recipe sound perfect combination,Love it :)

  16. Yes! Perfect combo. Can’t wait to taste this.

  17. You know you are officially the best mom ever! What a heck of a combo. Absolutely love it. :)

  18. Gorgeous cheesecake!! I love the creme brulee here :).

  19. I’m speechless. I read the title and the only word that came to me was, OMG and WOW. WOW!

  20. This looks delightful!

  21. Thanks Liz! Having to look at these photos this morning was a great way to start my birthday. My dad called…he wanted a piece.

  22. This is so brilliant!

  23. Really nice treat to spoil someone you love :)

  24. I love creme brulee and cheese cake, I am getting both in this. How can I say no?

  25. Katie’s such a lucky bug–the only thing I get when I visit my parents and my brother is out of the house is less food. (Only kidding–we do eat less than when he’s not around though! And there’s usually a lot more tofu/veggies.) Thanks for sharing this gorgeous recipe though!

  26. Katie is getting her due and in a fantastic way…what an impressive dessert!

  27. Oh dear, how I envy Katie!
    It sounds incredible and now I’m craving cheesecake and creme brulee and creme brulee cheesecake…
    I guess I’ll need that torch sooner than I expected ;)

  28. You’re such a good mom. I hope she loved the dessert!

  29. Love this decadent combination of two favorite desserts- yes, it’s true you are a great mom;-)

  30. OMG…I just wish to have a piece of the cheesecake now especially the topping.***drooling badly***

  31. Okay, I love love this flavor combination! It sounds, AND looks amazing! Hugs, Terra

  32. Delicious love it you make best cheese cake.

  33. Creme brûlée and cheesecake? Officially you make yourself my cooking hero my friend!

    Choc Chip Uru

  34. VERY yummy looking Lizzy! I have to laugh about your daughter; my son was thrilled when my daughter left for college. He LOVED all the extra attention! With dessert like this your daughter might not want to ever leave home! :)

  35. Val @ Bonbon Break says:

    Oh my! You had me sold on Creme Brulee and then you threw the cheesecake factor in there. What are you trying to do to me Liz?!?! These look divine and better yet, like I can make them. Beautiful!!

  36. What an amazing cheesecake!!! It’s gorgeous and sounds so tasty!!! I am needing cheesecake in my life!

  37. As I mentioned earlier… thats an outstanding creation Liz, love the Idea and your presentation is so tempting!

  38. Just gorgeous! I just want to come over to your house so that you can make this for me. Never seen it prettier!

  39. Lizzy , that creme brulee cheesecakes look absolutely decadent ! Lucky Katie ! :D

  40. Oh my. Two of my favourite puddings in one! Stunning!

  41. Those are two of my favorite desserts as well! What a superb combination!

  42. Lizzy this is an amazing dessert! I love cream brulée!

  43. This is match made in heaven combo. Lucky Katie!

  44. Hi Liz,

    Just coming back from Emily’s site and I must tell you. . . you’re creme brulee cheesecake is amazing. I am drooling just looking at it. Thank you for the post and I hope you’re enjoying your week! :)

  45. That sounds like a great combination of two classic desserts.

  46. The creme brulee cheesecake looks stunning. Bet your family enjoyed this too, not that they don’t already enjoy your baked or cooked goodies. So where do I get to sign up to be taste tester Lizzy? :P. xoxo

  47. Liz, you are a master at baking! Combining two of my favorite creamy desserts into one with the creme brûlée and cheesecake . . . well all I can say it this is sensational!

  48. i have never really liked creme brulee before because of the texture but a creme brulee cheesecake- now that is what i am talking about!

  49. Fabulous!!! This goes in the OMG good category. Liv has been talking about how sad she will be when her brother goes to college in two year. I’m not looking forward to that day…

  50. That looks really good but I’ve never tried making a creme brule or a cheesecake yet let alone a combination of the two.

  51. Oh Liz! Two of my most very favorite desserts! Brilliant! Heading over to your guest post now! : )

  52. Wow, what a nice combination, cream brulee and cheesecake…looks gorgeous :)
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a wonderful week Liz!

  53. This looks so cool! I’ve bookmarked this recipe for sometime that I want something particularly stunning to make :)

  54. Thanks Lizzy for linking this wonderful recipe to Hearth and Soul Blog hop.

  55. All it takes for me are two words “mascarpone cheese”. What a fantastic cheesecake!

  56. WOAH! I am making this soon!!!

  57. Ok-I’m in love. I can’t look at your blog at this hour of night. Torture!!Looks fantastic.

  58. What a terrific combination – you simply cannot go wrong with cheesecake and crème brûlée. This dessert looks and sounds like a terrific treat!

  59. Oh wow – two of my favourite desserts rolled into one! Love this idea!

  60. I have the feeling this would be a favorite of mine as well, Liz – I’m not sure I could ever pick between creme brule and cheesecake, so combining them together is awesome! I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution as always). Thanks for always inspiring me with your creations…

  61. I like your creative combination here of two delectable desserts — worthy of special celebration. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  62. In one word, Liz, brilliant. Katie certainly is lucky! What a wonderful idea.

  63. Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl says:

    I’m a huge cheesecake fan and even huger creme brulee fan! Brilliance! I hope you will come and share this recipe at my Blog Fest

  64. I finally made this – twice. I made this as I was reading the instructions, then made another cheesecake from Emily’s blog. Both were delicious, but one was definitely prettier. This is now a family favorite. Good thing I made two. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.

  65. I will have guest for dinner on Saturday night. Thank you so much for this recipe. I will definitely give it a try!

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