Pecan Pie Cheesecake

            A little bit creamy, a little bit chunky and a whole lot of delicious! This dessert combines two of America’s favorite desserts into one sweet and nutty dessert to stop the sweet tooth cravings.

You seriously have a Pecan Pie here, but combined with the smooth and creamy flavor of cheesecake. This is to die for!!

            Pecan Pie Cheesecake could be made for only special times, but why leave it for just special times? Serve it up for your family, friends and neighbors.

They will all think you bought it from a specialty shop!

Frequently Asked Questions:

            Can I use different types of nuts?

Pecan pie is known for pecans. I guess you could cheat and use the frosting that is used on German Chocolate cakes, I believe that is pecans also. I guess I would stick with pecans, you may find you really like it.

            Could I use a store bought crust?

Certainly! You could always buy one that is prepared already or make your own. You could also use a plain pie crust or any flavor of cookie crumb.

            Could I use a chocolate oreo crust?

That would bring it much closer to a German Chocolate cheesecake. Yes, that is what I am going to try next.

What do you need to make Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Crust:

            2 cups graham crackers, crumbed

            ⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed

            ½ cup butter, unsalted and melted

Pecan Filling:

            ⅓ cup butter, salted

            1 tsp vanilla

            2 eggs

            1 cup light corn syrup

            1 cup white granulated sugar

            1 ½ cups of chopped pecans

Cheesecake:

            16 ounces cream cheese softened

            1 cup granulated sugar

            ¼ tsp salt

            1 ½ tbsp flour, all purpose

            1 tbsp vanilla extract

            3 eggs

            ½ cup sour cream

Pecan Topping:

            ¼ cup butter, salted

            ⅓ cup light brown sugar

            ½ tsp vanilla extract

            ¼ cup heavy cream

            1 cup chopped pecans

How to make Pecan Pie Cheesecake

FIRST STEP:

Preheat the oven to 325*

Line a 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper and spray lightly

Prepare the crust first

Press the crust into the prepared springform pan

Bring the crust part way up the sides of the pan

Place the pan and crust into the freezer to chill while you make the filling

SECOND STEP:

In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat

Combine the sugar, corn syrup, the eggs, vanilla and pecans( it is best to not add the eggs first, you could end up with breakfast eggs).

 

Stir continuously to keep the ingredients mixed well.

Reduce the heat and simmer until the mix thickens

Pour this filling into the prepared crust and set to the side

THIRD STEP:

Cream the cream cheese and sugar together and then add in the salt and the flour

 

Stir in the vanilla and then the eggs, one at a time. Add the sour cream and beat until just mixed, do not over mix

Pour this mix into the pan on top of the pecan filling, using spoonfuls to do this. Do not pour as you will move the filling and pecans

Wrap the bottom of your springform pan tightly on the bottom with aluminum foil. Use a couple of layers of foil.

Place the springform pan into a pan that is larger than the springform pan

Pour water into the outer pan part way up the foil. This is called a water bath

Place the pans into the oven and bake for 1 hour, just until the cheesecake is still slightly jiggly

FOURTH STEP:

Turn the heat off for the oven, leave the cheesecake in the oven for 30 minutes, then crack the door open just slightly and continue to leave the cheesecake in the oven for another 30 minutes to cool

Place the cheesecake on the counter, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap once it is completely cooled. Then place it in the refrigerator overnight to chill.

FIFTH STEP:

The next day, remove the cheesecake from the springform pan and prepare the topping

SIXTH STEP:

Melt the butter and brown sugar together in a pan

Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 to 3 minutes

As it thickens, it will also become a darker color.

Remove from the heat and stir in the heavy cream and the vanilla

Spoon this topping over the top of the cheesecake

Enjoy!

YUM!

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  •             2 cups graham crackers, crumbed
  •             ⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed
  •             ½ cup butter, unsalted and melted
  • Pecan Filling:
  •             ⅓ cup butter, salted
  •             1 tsp vanilla
  •             2 eggs
  •             1 cup light corn syrup
  •             1 cup white granulated sugar
  •             1 ½ cups of chopped pecans
  • Cheesecake:
  •             16 ounces cream cheese softened
  •             1 cup granulated sugar
  •             ¼ tsp salt
  •             1 ½ tbsp flour, all purpose
  •             1 tbsp vanilla extract
  •             3 eggs
  •             ½ cup sour cream
  • Pecan Topping:
  •             ¼ cup butter, salted
  •             ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  •             ½ tsp vanilla extract
  •             ¼ cup heavy cream
  •             1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

FIRST STEP:

Preheat the oven to 325*

Line a 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper and spray lightly

Prepare the crust first

Press the crust into the prepared springform pan

Bring the crust part way up the sides of the pan

Place the pan and crust into the freezer to chill while you make the filling

SECOND STEP:

In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat

Combine the sugar, corn syrup, the eggs, vanilla and pecans( it is best to not add the eggs first, you could end up with breakfast eggs).

Stir continuously to keep the ingredients mixed well.

Reduce the heat and simmer until the mix thickens

Pour this filling into the prepared crust and set to the side

THIRD STEP:

Cream the cream cheese and sugar together and then add in the salt and the flour

Stir in the vanilla and then the eggs, one at a time. Add the sour cream and beat until just mixed, do not over mix

Pour this mix into the pan on top of the pecan filling, using spoonfuls to do this. Do not pour as you will move the filling and pecans

Wrap the bottom of your springform pan tightly on the bottom with aluminum foil. Use a couple of layers of foil.

Place the springform pan into a pan that is larger than the springform pan

Pour water into the outer pan part way up the foil. This is called a water bath

Place the pans into the oven and bake for 1 hour, just until the cheesecake is still slightly jiggly

FOURTH STEP:

Turn the heat off for the oven, leave the cheesecake in the oven for 30 minutes, then crack the door open just slightly and continue to leave the cheesecake in the oven for another 30 minutes to cool

Place the cheesecake on the counter, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap once it is completely cooled. Then place it in the refrigerator overnight to chill.

FIFTH STEP:

The next day, remove the cheesecake from the springform pan and prepare the topping

SIXTH STEP:

Melt the butter and brown sugar together in a pan

Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 to 3 minutes

As it thickens, it will also become a darker color.

Remove from the heat and stir in the heavy cream and the vanilla

Spoon this topping over the top of the cheesecake

Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1092Total Fat: 71gSaturated Fat: 30gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 36gCholesterol: 228mgSodium: 477mgCarbohydrates: 110gFiber: 4gSugar: 95gProtein: 12g