White Chocolate Cheesecake with Sea Salt Caramel

Do you like cheesecake? I tend to associate cheesecake with North America and especially with the New York style. So, it was with a little surprise that I learn that the joy of making cheesecake was already popular among the ancient Greeks, way before the Romans adopt this dish. Seriously, I can’t stop to be amazed by the Greek civilization. It seems they just ‘been there, done that’ all the time. Isn’t that incredible? I think I need to dig some more on the Greek cuisine, to go beyond Greek salad, baklava or yogurt. Maybe I should start researching about Aegimus and the book on the art of making cheesecakes.

In the meantime, I dig around my kitchen and try this white chocolate cheesecake that came out just like you see in the picture above in that pretty neutral color. I could paint my walls in this color or, better, I could add this name to a paint color chart. “I want that soft white chocolate cheesecake color for my kitchen please.” Oh yes, I would remind this cheesecake forever!

Soft and creamy are the words. Not only this cheesecake is the best cheesecake in white color I ever made (I have to exclude some with dark chocolate and save it for a later oh-so-delicious-post), but the sea salt caramel topping is the perfect pairing. I’m in love with caramel with salt and the way it makes its flavor overload.

Hum, apologies from moving subject from Greek cuisine to paint colors. I know, it’s too weird, who would think about that?

Now, if you excuse me I have just one word for this recipe: heavenly!

White Chocolate Cheesecake w/Sea Salt Caramel
Serves 14
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
To make the crust
  1. 3/4 cup Maria cookies (or graham cracker)
  2. 1/2 cup walnuts
  3. 3 tbsp. butter
  4. 1 tsp cocoa powder
To make the filling
  1. 8 oz. white chocolate chips
  2. 1 1/2 lb (three 8 oz/250 g packages) cream cheese
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 3 Tbsp. unbleached all-purpose flour
  5. 1 tsp. almond extract
  6. 3 large eggs
To make the Sea Salt Caramel
  1. 1 cup of brown sugar
  2. 1/3 cups whipping cream
  3. 1/4 cups unsalted butter
  4. 1/2 tsp almond extract
  5. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
To make the crust
  1. Combine the Maria cookies with the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until you get fine crumbs.
  2. Add the butter and cocoa powder and pulse again until all well mixed.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan that previously has been lined with parchment paper and lightly greased with butter.
  4. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then set it aside.
To make the filling
  1. Turn the oven up to 425F.
  2. Melt the white chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave (in 30 second intervals until well melted; this prevents the chocolate to get burned). Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.
  4. Add the sugar, flour and vanilla and beat it again, just until it’s smooth.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each one.
  6. Beat in the melted chocolate.
  7. Pour the batter over the crust.
  8. Bake the cheesecake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 250F and continue to bake for another 30-35 minutes. You can tell when the cheesecake is done when it’s barely firm around the edges and the center is just slightly jiggly. It will firm up as it cools.
  9. Immediately run a thin knife around the edge to loosen it from the pan, but allow it to cool completely and then refrigerate it for at least an hour before you remove the sides of the springform pan.
  10. Slice with a sharp knife dipped in hot water, then wiped dry before each slice.
To make the Sea Salt Caramel
  1. In a small saucepan, bring brown sugar, whipping cream and butter to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Boil for about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, whisk in almond extract and sea salt.
  4. Let it cool and serve on top of the cheesecake.
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15 Responses to White Chocolate Cheesecake with Sea Salt Caramel

  1. That looks so amazingly wonderful. It is making my mouth water to read the recipe and look at the pictures. Great pictures by the way!

  2. I’m one of those weird people who actually doesn’t like cheesecake much, though if they all looked like yours….

  3. Manu at #

    Awesome! I love cheesecake, white chocolate and fleur de sel caramel! Put all them together is so clever! Certainly they make a perfect match!

  4. Jane M at #

    My mouth is WATERING from this cheesecake recipe!

  5. Lauren at #

    You’ve managed to hit just about all of my weak spots with this recipe! Cheesecake, white chocolate, and caramel… perfection.

  6. sasa at #

    hummus, baklava and yogurt as a greek dish.?! you should search more and a “bit” carefully while writing such in your blog if you really wanna go beyond. cake looks nice and delishes.

    • I appreciated your comment. You are right about the hummus and I updated my post. Hummus, though many recipes call it greek hummus, it’s actually from Middle East though popular elsewhere. But Baklava is a delish Greek dessert and for me there’s no better yogurt than the greek one.

      • Ib at #

        Thanks for the recipe! But you really should check sources like “sasa” wrote earlier.
        Baklava is an original Turkish desert which is from the south-east part near the Arab border. The fact that Greek know this dish comes from their occupation of the city Gaziantep during the first world-war (as far as I can remember). And the origin of Yoghurt is also Turkish by the way, but in the years near countries made their own (Bulgarian, Greeks etc.). Although count me in that Greek yoghurt is one of the best!!

  7. This cheesecake does look heavenly and creamy. I like your use of the Maria cookies and walnuts in the crust. This is something I would definitely want to try making.

    My first visit to your beautiful blog. Luv your photography!

  8. Judy at #

    This looks so yummy. I made a vanilla bean cheesecake with a cashew caramel topping last year and it was really good.

  9. Winnie at #

    Oh, wow. I love cheesecake and this looks too delicious!

  10. Michael Hankins at #

    Can this cheesecake be frozen? I have made it about 20 times and everyone loves it but the lasttwo times It fell and it was cold and rainy…could this be the problem. I have had 2 request for it during the hholiday’s and the forecast is rain…lots of rain. I had thought about making it next week and freezing and then thawing the day before and adding caramel. Have you ever done this or has any of yours ever fell? Curious.

    • I love it that you have already made it 20 times! Great to hear! I think that’s a terrific idea to frozen it, saves lot of time too. I never try it on this specific recipe, but I’ve done before with a different cheesecake without a problem. I think it would work fine, of course, like you said, adding the caramel after thawing. Let me know how it turn out. Thanks!

  11. Michael Hankins at #

    Thanks for the speedy reply…I will let you know how it works out!