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!