Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Yesterday was my birthday. I won't say which one:) I baked a birthday cake for myself, my favorite cheesecake. I like it the "Turtle" way and I add mini chocolate chips on top of the batter with the pecans before baking. I can only eat a bit at a time, it's really rich. Don't even think about the calories! Here is the recipe. Enjoy!

Praline Cheesecake

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 cup melted butter


24 ounces softened cream cheese
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Optional: additional chopped pecans and or chocolate chips if desired.

Crust: Combine ingredients and press into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan. Set aside.
Filling: Beat cream cheese and sugar till fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Sift in flour and mix. Add vanilla and pecans, mix till just combined. Scrape batter into prepared springform pan. Sprinkle top of batter with additional pecans and chocolate chips if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or unitl just set. Cool completely in pan. Garnish with caramel sauce.

Caramel Sauce Topping:
1 cup corn syrup - dark
1/4 cups cornstarch
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons Brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla

Make Caramel Sauce Topping by combining corn syrup, cornstarch, butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

To serve cake, Pour sauce over top and serve remaining sauce in a pitcher at the table. Garnish with pecan halves if desired.



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