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Pumpkin Cheesecake With Caramelized Pecan Topping

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 51 mins
Other time 8 hrs, 10 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings
Perfect for an intimate get-together, this dessert serves up to 8 people.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 3 ingredients. Press crumb mixture into bottom and up sides of an 8-inch springform pan.

  2. Bake crust at 325° for 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

  3. Beat cream cheese and next 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Pour mixture into prepared crust.

  4. Bake at 325° for 40 minutes or until almost set. Remove cheesecake from oven; gently run a knife around edge of pan, and release sides. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours.

  5. Stir together 3 tablespoons butter, brown sugar, and pecans; spoon over top of cheesecake.

  6. Broil 3 inches from heat for 3 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Store in refrigerator.

  7. Tip: Use a straight-sided glass to press crumb mixture onto bottom and up sides of springform pan.

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