Instant Pot Turtle Cheesecake
When I had a dinner party for a friend’s birthday, I knew it was time to make Instant Pot Turtle Cheesecake. What can be better than chocolate, homemade caramel, & pecans made? I loved making this cheesecake, which was a suggested flavor from the fantastic people on my Facebook Instant Pot group. What an amazing support system this group is and how much fun to have them in my life.
Quick Tip on Bringing Cream Cheese and Eggs to Room Temperature in a Hurry
Fill your sink with water that is just a bit above room temperature. It should be warm – not so hot you can’t put your hand in it comfortably. Add your cream cheese to a gallon ziptop bag, seal and place in water bath for 10 minutes. Your eggs can just go into the water. After 10 minutes, your cream cheese and eggs will be at the perfect temperature to use.
I’m Gonna Let You In On My Secret
I think the best part about making cheesecakes in my Instant Pot is that once you get a good base recipe or two, the possibilities are endless. The base of this recipe is the same as the base for the Mexican Hot Chocolate Cheesecake and the Chocolate Mint Cheesecakes I’ve already posted. Change up the crust, change up the additions and you have a brand new cheesecake that will wow your guests and baffle your family. Best of all – it takes less than an hour to cook it every single time.
I Fully Admit I’m a Food Snob
An old friend and her kids actually gave me a super hero theme song because apparently – cooking is my superpower. I can go along with that just fine. When I made this cheesecake, I made homemade caramel sauce. It is a variation on Alton Brown’s caramel sauce It is so worth it and tastes about a billion times better than the store bought stuff. But, it isn’t a necessity. If you don’t have the time or want to do that, feel free to use the stuff in the store. The cheesecake will still be delicious and everyone will still gape at the beauty of your creation.
As an illustration – I used boxed brownie mix. Why? Because I know that these commercial companies have access to flour blends that I don’t and it can make a huge difference in texture. I love Ghiradelli’s brownie mixes and they had a chocolate caramel pecan one. Why reinvent the wheel when a company I trust has one that fits my purpose? Cooking isn’t a hard and fast rule – you do what works for you and ignore the haters.