2 (8-ounce) packages PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup DOMINO 10-X Confectioners Sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
19 pecan halves
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 325°. Thaw pecan pie according to package directions. Cut evenly into 20 thin slices, keeping wedges intact, and set aside.
Stir together graham cracker crumbs and next 3 ingredients; press mixture onto bottom and 1 1/2 inches up sides of a 10-inch springform pan.
Arrange 10 pecan pie wedges in a spoke design in prepared pan, placing 1 cut side of each wedge on crust with narrow end towards center of pan. Reserve remaining pecan pie wedges for another use.
Beat cream cheese until smooth; add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Add sour cream, half-and-half, and vanilla; beat until blended. Fold in confectioners sugar and flour. Carefully pour cream cheese mixture evenly over pecan pie wedges in pan, making sure wedges remain in place. Arrange pecan halves evenly around edge and center.
Bake at 325° for 50 minutes. Turn off oven, and let cheesecake stand in oven 1 hour. Remove to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Chill at least 8 hours or overnight before serving.
This cheesecake has always gotten rave reviews whenever I make it and I've been making it since it won back in 2003. I don't know who gave it the 2-star rating, but they should have their head examined :-).
This recipe is worth making, just utilize these tips: (1) make in no larger than 9" springform; (2) Mrs. Smith does not make a pecan pie any longer, just buy an inexpensive grocery bakery pie (better if it is chilled for cutting purposes); (3) utilize 3 eggs; and lastly (4) bake in a water bath.
Everyone I've made this for loves it! I always double the crust recipe to make it extra thick. You could also use pumpkin pie instead of pecan pie. Every year my family asks me to bring this to our holiday gathering!
This is an amazing recipe! Anyone I've ever served this to has been amazed, many have said it is gourmet bakery quality...inspite of the dirty little secret. :) (a store-bought pecan pie...egads!!!!!) Please don't pay attention to the 2 star rating...this one is over the top good.
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