Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins
From "Carry-Out Cuisine" by Phyllis Meras. This recipe was given to me as part of a Christmas gift from my late Aunt Donna. She used to make this every year for our Christmas Eve open house. Wonderfully rich, not meant for those light dessert seekers.
- 1 1⁄4 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup butter, melted
- 1⁄4 cup toasted pecans, finely chopped but not ground
- 1 1⁄2 lbs cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 5 1⁄3 ounces evaporated milk
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- pure maple syrup, for glazing
- 12 whole pecans, for garnishing
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Combine crust ingredients in a small bowl.
- Press mixture into a 9- or 10- inch springform pan.
- Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven.
- When crust is done, remove from oven and set aside.
- Increase oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
- Combine cream cheese, brown sugar, evaporated milk, flour, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl; beat well.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Pour filling mixture into baked crust.
- Bake at 325 degrees F for 50 minutes (center of cheesecake should still be slightly wobbly).
- Cool cheesecake completely (using whatever preferred method; everyone has their own).
- Before serving, paint the top with maple syrup and arrange whole pecans in a decorative pattern on top (I usually do it in such a way as to have one pecan per slice).
- Cover and refrigerate leftovers.
This is going into my Cheesecake Hall of Fame. It's not only DELISH, it's very pretty, too! Such a simple recipe for such a caramely rich taste. I followed the baking directions exactly, and the cake came out beautifully, without a single crack that cheesecakes often get. I think a graham crust would have been too strong a flavor and competed with the flavor of the cake, and since hubby and I aren't graham cracker fans, I used vanilla wafers, (about 45 of them.) I used toasted whole pecans on top, and drizzled maple syrup. Thanks Muffin Goddess, this is definitely a keeper! ZWT9