Spiced Whisky Pecan Pie Cheesecake - one slce with caramel and pecans
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Spiced Whisky Pecan Pie Cheesecake

pecan pie meets cheesecake for when you can't decide - Pecan Pie Cheesecake
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake, pecan, whisky
Servings: 12 -14
Author: Trish Cowper | the infinebalance food blog

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs from five 4 3/4- by 2 1/4-inch crackers
  • 1/2 cup pecans 1 3/4 ounce, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 stick 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For the cheesecake

  • 24 oz cream cheese 3 - 8oz bricks of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 -1/2 Tablespoons Spiced Whisky - Wiser's Torched Toffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For Topping

  • 1 cup caramel sauce 284ml Hershey's Top Scotch Butterscotch Topping (or caramel topping of your choice)
  • 1-1/2 cups pecan halves

Instructions

For the crust:

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Spray a 10in spring-form pan with cooking spray. Press graham cracker mixture into the bottom of the pan, press firmly, evenly, and about 1 inch up the sides. Chilli crust in refrigerator for 1 hour.

For the filling:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In the bowl of stand mixer add cream cheese and sugar and mix on medium speed until creamy and well blended. Continue to beat on low speed. Add vanilla, whisky and eggs, one at a time until well blended after each addition. Finally, add spices and ensure they are fully incorporated. Pour mixture into spring-form pan, on top of chilled crust.
  • Bake at 350 until the center is set (but not cracked) about 50 to 60 minutes. I found 50 was just perfect. The edges of the pie may start to brown.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

For Topping:

  • Once cake is completely cooled, remove ring from around the base of the spring-form pan. I like to run a thin knife gently around the edge of the cake before I do this to loosen the cake from the ring. Place cake on serving platter (I leave the bottom of the spring form under the cake to make it easier to move around).
  • Pour the caramel sauce over the top of the cake. Just enough to fill the center. I used about 3/4 of the can. Place pecans on top of the caramel sauce. Serve