Chocolate Praline Cheesecake

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READY IN: 1hr 15mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    cup chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 3
    tablespoons melted butter
  • 40
    individually wrapped caramels (I used Kraft)
  • 14
  • 1
    cup toasted pecan pieces
  • 3
    (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 34
    cup sugar
  • 6
    ounces semi-sweet chocolate baking squares, melted
  • sweetened whipped cream, for garnish
  • strawberry, for garnish
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DIRECTIONS

  • Mix chocolate wafer crumbs and melted butter and pat onto the bottom of a 10 inch springform pan; set aside.
  • Place unwrapped caramels and evaporated milk in a small microwaveable bowl and microwave at 50 percent power until melted or melt over simmering water on the stovetop.
  • Periodically stir until the caramels melt and blend with the milk.
  • When mixture begins to look like thick caramel and the milk is incorporated into the melted caramel, remove from heat.
  • Pour caramel on top of the reserved crust and immediately sprinkle with the toasted pecan pieces.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth.
  • Add sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, scraping down sides of bowl after each addition.
  • Add chocolate to mixture; blend until incorporated.
  • Pour mixture on top of caramel-pecan filling.
  • Set springform pan on an 18 inch square of heavy-duty aluminum foil;crimp foil sides up to prevent any moisture from seeping into crust.
  • Place pan in a hot water bath- I use the broiler pan from my oven, place the springform pan in it and fill with hot water to the depth of the filling-and bake for 45 minutes, or until cheesecake is set in the center.
  • Cool cheesecake to room temperature, about 2 hours, before refrigerating.
  • Do not remove from springform pan until completely chilled, at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight.
  • Loosen cheesecake from sides of pan with a sharp knife, remove from pan sides, and slice with a sharp knife, dipping blade in warm water and wiping it off between slices.
  • Garnish each slice with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream and a strawberry.
  • You can also get really fancy and drizzle some chocolate sauce over the serving plates before setting the piece of cheesecake on the plate!
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