The key ingredients of a familiar candy make a showing in this deliciously decadent cheesecake.
- Portion size 16 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: February 2010
- 1 cup graham wafer crumbs
- 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup butter melted
Caramel Pecan Sauce:
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup toasted pecan halves halved
- 1 pinch salt
- 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
- 3 pkg cream cheese softened
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 bars 70% bittersweet chocolate melted
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
MethodGrease and line side of 9-inch (2.5 L) springform pan with parchment paper. Centre pan on large square of heavy-duty foil; bring foil up and press to side of pan.
In bowl, stir together wafer crumbs, pecans and butter until moistened; press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Let cool on rack.
Cheesecake: Into small bowl, strain sugar to remove any lumps. In stand mixer with paddle or in bowl with hand mixer, beat cream cheese with sugar at high speed for 5 minutes, scraping down bowl. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in vanilla.
Mix about 1 cup (250 mL) of the cream cheese mixture into chocolate until smooth; return to cheese mixture and combine well. Beat in cream. Pour over crust.
Set pan in larger pan; pour in enough hot water to come 1 inch (2.5 cm) up sides of pans. Bake in 325°F (160°C) oven until set but centre still jiggles slightly, about 1 hour.
Transfer springform pan to rack and remove foil; let cheesecake cool. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate cheesecake for up to 24 hours.)
Caramel Pecan Sauce: In heavy saucepan, stir sugar with 1/4 cup (50 mL) water over medium heat until dissolved. Bring to boil; boil vigorously, without stirring but brushing down side of pan often, until dark amber, 6 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Standing back and averting face, add cream; whisk until smooth. Whisk in butter until smooth. Stir in pecans and salt. Let cool. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours; rewarm to liquefy.) Serve with cheesecake.
Nutritional facts Per serving: about
- Sodium 224 mg
- Protein 7 g
- Calories 451.0
- Total fat 34 g
- Potassium 145 mg
- Cholesterol 124 mg
- Saturated fat 19 g
- Total carbohydrate 33 g
- Iron 22.0
- Folate 8.0
- Calcium 7.0
- Vitamin A 27.0