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Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars

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Katie:  Ever since I saw this picture of Salted Caramel Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars from Made with Pink, I was smitten.  I had heard of dulce de leche, a rich caramel sauce popular in Latin America, but never baked with it or even eaten it.  I couldn’t find it at the store, so I decided to make it myself.  It was really quite simple to make.  I just followed the instructions here, by baking sweetened condensed milk in a pan in the oven until the sugar caramelized.  I probably could have cooked it a little longer to further caramelize it and make it more golden in tone, but I was afraid that it might burn.

For the cheesecake bars, I followed the original recipe from Bon Apetit as written.  First, I made a graham cracker base with a hint of cinnamon.  Next, I layered on a rich filling of cream cheese sweetened with the dulce de leche. Finally, I topped the bars with a dulche de leche glaze and sprinkled them with sea salt.  They may be a bit lighter than their predecessors, but  they still tasted great!  These were definitely worth the extra effort!