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Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Pecan pie cheesecake – two amazing desserts rolled into one; the perfect way to shake up your Thanksgiving dinner!

Pecan pie cheesecake – two amazing desserts rolled into one; the perfect way to shake up your Thanksgiving dinner!

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, but if we did then this pecan pie cheesecake is what I would want to have for dessert. It combines two of my favourite desserts into one – pecan pie and baked vanilla cheesecake; giving you the best of both worlds.

Pecan pie cheesecake – two amazing desserts rolled into one; the perfect way to shake up your Thanksgiving dinner!

A smooth, creamy, not-too-sweet baked vanilla cheesecake (with a touch of brown sugar) is topped with a decadent layer of pecans in caramel sauce. The combination of the creamy, tangy cheesecake, crunchy nuts and silky, lightly salted caramel sauce is out of this world good!

Pecan pie cheesecake – two amazing desserts rolled into one; the perfect way to shake up your Thanksgiving dinner!

The best thing is that it is make-ahead; both the cheesecake and caramel pecan topping can be made a day or two in advance (the cheesecake must be made at least the day before serving as it needs to chill overnight in the fridge). When it comes to serving you just need to turn out your cheesecake and gently rewarm the topping so that it is pourable then pour it over the cheesecake and serve. I used whole, toasted pecans for the topping, which I think looked really good, but it did make the cheesecake a little more tricky to slice so if you prefer then you can chop up the pecans instead.

Pecan pie cheesecake – two amazing desserts rolled into one; the perfect way to shake up your Thanksgiving dinner!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Serves 12.

Base:

  • 9 oz Graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans
  • 2 Tbsp light brown soft sugar
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted

Pecan pie cheesecake base ingredients

Filling:

  • 35 oz full fat cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ cup full fat sour cream
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown soft sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 4 large eggs

Pecan pie cheesecake filling ingredients