Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter; press mixture onto bottom and sides of buttered 10 inch
spring form pan (2 inches deep). Bake in preheated 350
degree oven 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Toast pecans 7 min. at 350 degrees
In heavy 1 1/2 quart saucepan, melt caramels with evaporated milk over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth. (If desired, dip a few pecan halves into caramel mixture and set aside to use later as garnish.) Pour caramel mixture over cooled crust; top with chopped toasted pecans.
Combine cream cheese and sugar, mixing on medium speed with electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla. Blend in
melted chocolate. Pour mixture over pecans and caramel in crust, starting at outer edge.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 1 hour and 20 to 25
minutes, or until edges begin to crack. Remove from oven
and let cool at room temperature for 30 to 40 minutes.Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan and loosen cheesecake with spatula.
Melt chocolate morsels (in top of double boiler or on medium
power in microwave oven). Add evaporated milk. Stir until mixture is smooth.
Spread chocolate topping over chilled cheesecake. Garnish
with dollops of whipped cream and pecan halves dipped in
caramel( you can use jarred caramel topping , as in what you use for ice cream, if desired. Keep refrigerated.
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