Paula’s Praline Pecan Cheesecake

Last week our family celebrated a 70th Birthday-my mom’s, a 20th Anniversary-Hubby’s and mine and an 11th Anniversary- my brother and sister-in-law’s.  We went out to a restaurant to celebrate, but I made this for dessert.  And, oh my, how can you go wrong when it’s a Paula Deen Recipe?  You can’t, so next time you want to make a cheesecake, think of this recipe, you won’t regret it….

Paula’s Praline Pecan Cheesecake

INGREDIENTS:

1 stick butter, melted
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon sugar
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup dark corn syrup
1cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  For the crust–in a medium bowl combine butter, crumbs and first sugar until well blended.  Press into the bottom and up 1 inch of a 9-inch spring form pan.  For the filling– In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until creamy.  Pour into the prepared crust and bake for 35-40 minutes.  Be sure the center is firm before removing the cheesecake from the oven.  Remove the pan from the oven to a rack and allow it to cool completely.  Release the springform and transfer the cake to a platter to serve.  Topping:  In a small saucepan, stir together the brown sugar and cornstarch.  Stir in the corn syrup and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in nuts and vanilla.  Cool slightly.  Ladle the praline topping over the cooled cheesecake and serve.

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17 Responses to “Paula’s Praline Pecan Cheesecake”

  1. 1
    Julie M. — October 8, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    Girl, you needed to cut a slice and show me inside that beauty! I'm practically drooling on my screen over here from wanting a piece so bad. I love Paula Deen and I love cheesecake. The two together are definitely a match made in foodie heaven!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. 2
    Clements Family — October 8, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

    Yum…that looks delish…congrats to you all!

  3. 3
    Eileen — October 8, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

    That looks so good, I love Paula Deen and I agree that you can't go wrong with one of her recipes.

  4. 4
    Kristin — October 8, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

    Oh my. De-lish!

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    Have a great weekend!

  5. 5
    Chef Bee — October 9, 2010 @ 1:14 am

    Congrats to your whole family! Sounds like a wonderful celebration. Great looking cheesecake.

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  6. 6
    Alwayzbakin — October 9, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    WOW! That looks wonderful. Wish I had a piece right now.

  7. 7
    Louanne — October 9, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

    Oh wow, that is one incredible cheesecake!

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    Chef Dennis — October 10, 2010 @ 2:10 am

    congrats to you and your hubby on your 20th! I know everyone else must have appreciated that wonderful cheesecake for their special days too! How can you go wrong with a Paula Deen creations…just make sure you have enough butter in the house before you get started!

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    ..... — October 11, 2010 @ 1:08 am

    Love Paula! Thanks for sharing!

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    bella (roz) — October 16, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

    Hi Anne, thank you for sharing this great recipe last week on my little blog get together. I chose it be one of the highlighted posts from the previous week's recipes. I hope that you can stop by again with another great recipe! I've just got to make this one! Roz

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