Secret Cravings’ Secret Recipes: Author Paige Prince

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! And welcome to another installment of Secret Cravings’ Secret Recipes. Please welcome romance author, Paige Prince. She’s back again with another incredibly scrumptious recipe just for us:

“Creme Brulee is my favorite indulgence when I go out. I’m learning how to make it at home, but in the mean time, I’m combining my love of creme brulee and cheesecake. It’s the ultimate indulgence, and it stars in one of my current WIPs: Just One Taste. It’s my first M/M, about a chef who takes a shine to one of the wait staff and decides to teach him how to make his favorite dessert.”

Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars
YIELD: 9 bars
ingredients:
For the crust:
9 whole graham crackers
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
For the filling:
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
For the brulee topping:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
directions:
For the crust:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with foil, leaving an overhang.
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the graham crackers until finely ground. Add the butter and pulse until moistened. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake until lightly browned and set, about 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool and reduce the oven temperature to 300°F.
For the filling:
Place the cream cheese in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth (you can also use an electric mixer). Add the sugar, eggs, egg yolk, vanilla bean seeds, and salt and pulse until well combined and smooth.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake until the cheesecake is set but still slightly jiggly in the center, about 45 minutes. Do no overbake.
Place the cheesecake on a cooling rack to cool completely in the pan. Cover and chill until firm, at least 2 hours. Using the foil overhang, transfer the cheesecake to a work surface and cut into squares.
On a heat-safe work surface, sprinkle the tops of each square with sugar and torch the tops with a kitchen torch until it turns a deep amber color. Alternatively, use a broiler to brown the sugar. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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