While this may have been the most gorgeous cake I've ever made, this recipe turned out really rich. I think next time I would use less chocolate bottom and less ganache.
Brownie Caramel Cheesecake
One brownie mix, and the oil and eggs that the box requires
2 lbs (900g) of cream cheese or Fresh Homemade Soft Cheese
1 pkg (250g) marscapone cheese
1 1/3 C (230g) sugar
1/3 C (60g) flour
2 tsp (càc) vanilla
1 fresh lemon
1 tub (50cl) crème fraîche or sour cream
1 bar of baking chocolate
1 C (20cl) heavy cream
***Use half or two-thirds.
3/4 C heavy cream
1 C (220g) sugar
6 Tbsp (càs) water
1/2 tsp (càc) vanille
pinch of salt
Line the bottom of your cheesecake pan with parchment paper. Follow the preparation instructions on the brownie mix. Pour half of the brownie batter into the bottom of your cheesecake pan. Bake as directed, for 6-10 minutes. ***Use less, swirl the pan around so that the brownie batter just barely coats the bottom of the pan.
Beat the ingredients in the order indicated. Click here for a complete step by step guide.
Wait until the cheesecake is cold. Heat the heavy cream, break the bar of chocolate into bits and stir it into the hot cream until it melts. Pour over the cheesecake and refrigerate.
Wait until the ganache is cold. Heat the sugar and water stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the sugar caramelizes. When it's a nice golden color, take it off the heat. Stand back from the pan and stir in the heavy cream a quarter cup at a time. Then add the vanilla and salt. Strudel over the ganache topping sprinkle with walnuts, and refrigerate again.