Instant Pot: {GF} Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake

Valentine's day is around the corner and this time of year, I'm all about getting in a whole lot of chocolate desserts. This year is no exception and I opted to make a gluten free dessert full of chocolate. This Gluten Free Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake will win over the heart of any chocoholic for Valentine's Day...

Gluten free desserts are now easier to come across at the grocery store and are even easier to make at home by substituting gluten laden ingredients with gluten free versions! Using GF chocolate cookie wafers, I processed them into crumbs and use that as my base for the cheesecake crust. And taking inspiration from Cooking Light, I made a chocolate cheesecake which I swirled a salted caramel sauce into and also served with more salted caramel sauce as a finishing touch.  

{GF}Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake
recipe adapted from Cooking Light

IP trivet
6" springform pan (or 7" springform pan)
silicone lid, paper towel, and/or piece of foil

1 cup water
1 1/4 cup regular or GF chocolate cookie crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature
3 large eggs, room temperatue
2 tablespoons salted caramel plus more for garnish

In your Instant Pot:
Add 1 cup water.

Place trivet into the IP with a foil sling on each trivet handle. This allows for easily lifting the cheesecake from the IP when finished cooking.

In a medium bowl, combine cookie crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Transfer crust mixture into the bottom of the springform pan, Press crumbs on the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan.

In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine cream cheese and condensed milk thoroughly. Add each egg one at a time, mixing for only a few seconds in between each addition. Stir in 2 tablespoons salted caramel.

Transfer cheesecake mixture to the prepared springform pan, filling up to almost the top, leaving about 1/2 inch from the top of the pan - you most likely will have some leftover batter.

Carefully place cheesecake onto the trivet set inside the IP.

Cover the cheesecake with a silicone lid or with a piece of paper towel and a piece of foil. These will prevent water from getting on top of the cheesecake. If some water does get on top, no worries as it will not negatively affect the end result.

Check that it is plugged in, secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to sealing.

Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 35 minutes on HIGH pressure if using a 6" springform pan, or 37 minutes on HIGH pressure if using a 7" springform pan.

The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure.

Once at pressure, the display will reflect 35 or 37 (the number of minutes you initially set ) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.

When the IP beeps after pressure cooking for 35 or 37 minutes (depending on the size of your springform pan), allow your IP to naturally release pressure for 15 minutes if using a 6" springform pan or 17 minutes if using a 7" springform pan.While naturally releasing pressure, the display will reflect numbers counting up from 1. The numbers indicate how many minutes the IP has stopped cooking since it beeped (or how many minutes it has been naturally releasing pressure).  No need to touch your IP for this and allow for several minutes to do so. When the display reflects 15 or 17 minutes since the IP has beeped, turn the setting on top of your IP to venting. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release pressure. I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

Open up your IP and carefully remove the trivet with cheesecake using the foil sling. Set on the counter to rest. Do not remove cheesecake from springform pan. The cheesecake should be slightly loose and jiggle in the middle.

Remove the cheesecake from the IP.

Allow the cheesecake to cool at room temperature for 1 hour while still in springform pan and then transfer cheesecake covered in foil, into the fridge to chill overnight. As the cheesecake cools, it will naturally pull from the sides of the springform pan, making it easy to remove just before serving.

To serve, slice and garnish with salted caramel before serving.

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