Pecan Caramel  Cheesecake

Pecan Caramel Cheesecake

Serves 12-16   

Source: BA, 12/92

Creamy cheesecake with a gooey caramel base and a pecan streusel swirl.  About as close to Pecan Praline ice cream as you can get in a cheesecake!

Crust

2

cups

pecans

8

ounces

225

grams

cup 

sugar (caster) 

3

ounces

100

grams

cup

butter, melted 

4

ounces

115

grams

Caramel

26

 

Kraft caramels

 

 

 

 

1

Tbs

Whipping cream

 

 

22.5

ml

Filling

32

oz 

cream cheese

 

 

465

grams

1

cup 

sugar (caster)  

7

ounces

200

grams

3

large

eggs

 

 

 

 

1

Tbs

vanilla

 

 

15

ml

Streusel

cup

brown sugar

2

ounces 

70

grams

2

Tbs

flour 

 

 

30

ml

1

Tbs

Butter

 

 

15

ml

1

cup

pecans finely chopped and toasted 

4

ounces

115

grams

Preheat oven to 325F [160C].  Prepare a 9" by 2 " [23 by 7 cm] spring form pan by greasing the bottom and sides.

Cover the outside with a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil to prevent seepage (for the water bath).

Have ready a larger (11") [28 cm] baking pan for the water bath.

Crust:

Grind pecans with sugar in processor until finely ground.  Add melted butter and mix well.

Press into bottom of prepared pan.

Caramel:

Unwrap caramels and place in glass bowl with cream.  Cook on high in microwave until they begin to melt (about 1 minute - watch carefully).  Stir until smooth.  Drizzle evenly over crust. (This is sticky and difficult to spread once on the crust, so pour it on as evenly as possible.)

Filling:

Bring cream cheese to room temperature (1 or 2 minutes in microwave at low temperature).

Beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until very smooth.

Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each.  Beat until smooth, scraping down sides.

Streusel:

Prepare streusel by mixing sugar and flour, then cutting in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Mix in pecans.

Pour half the batter into the prepared pan.  Sprinkle Streusel over batter.  Pour remaining batter over streusel.  Swirl batter with knife to distribute streusel.  (Be careful not to mix in caramel on the bottom).

Set the pan in the larger pan and surround it with 1 inch of very hot water.
Bake about 1 hour, or until top appears dry and cheesecake no longer moves in center when pan is shaken.

Remove to a rack and cool to room temperature (about 1 hour).
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

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