Praline-Crusted Cheesecake

Recipe by Juenessa
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READY IN: 3hrs
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Cheesecake: Combine cookie crumbs and butter.
  • Press into bottom and up sides of a greased 10-inch springform pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for approx 8 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • Sprinkle coarsely crumbled pralines over crust.
  • Beat cream cheese at medium speed with a heavy duty electric mixer until creamy.
  • Gradually add 1 3/4 cups sugar, flour, and vanilla, beating until smooth.
  • Add eggs and egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears.
  • Stir in whipping cream and lemon rind.
  • Pour in crust.
  • Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees on lower oven rack 10 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees, and bake 1 hour and 20 minutes or until almost set.
  • Cool on wire rack 1 hour.
  • Stir together sour cream and 1/3 cup sugar; spread over cheesecake.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • Cool on wire rack.
  • Cover and chill 8 hours.
  • Remove sides of pan.
  • Garnish, if desired with pralines.
  • Pralines: Butter bottom of a heavy 3-quart saucepan.
  • Cook brown sugar and next 3 ingredients in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugars dissolve; stir in pecans.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 238 degrees (soft ball stage).
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in vanilla; let stand 3 minutes.
  • Beat with a wooden spoon 3 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken.
  • Working rapidly, drop by tablespoonfuls onto wax paper.
  • Let stand until firm.
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