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Butter Pecan Caramel Cheesecake

It is a cheesecake that has a similar flavor to Butter Pecan Ice Cream. Now what could be greater than Cheesecake with Butter Pecan Ice Cream laced with carmel and a buttery pecan granola crust? I won 1st place of $2,500 on the KTLA Morning News Show in Los Angeles, CA. for this dessert. This contest was sponsored by the movie "Waitress"."

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups Nature Valley pecan crunch granola bars, crumbled
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup of melted butter
1/2 cup of chopped pecans (roasted in butter)
14 ounces caramels (about 44 pieces)
5 ounces evaporated milk
1 tablespoon butter
3 (8 ounce) packages Philadelphia Cream cheese
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup of melted caramels (about 12-15)
5 tablespoons evaporated milk
2 teaspoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring
1 cup fine chopped pecan, roasted in
butter


Instructions

Combine the pecan granola crumbs, brown sugar, butter and pecans, mixing well. Reserve 1/3 cup of this mixture to put on the top of the cheesecake. Put the rest of the mixture on the bottom and sides of a 10 inch springform pan while pressing firmly. Place in the preheated (350) oven and bake for crust for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.

In a double broiler or a metal bowl steamed over hot water, place 14 oz. of caramels in the bowl with the evaporated milk and stir constantly until completely melted stir in the butter. Pour caramel mixture over the bottom of the granola crust.

Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy then gradually add the sugar and mix it well at medium speed. Add eggs one at a time, beat well after each addition. Beat in the sour cream, vanilla and butter flavoring. Melt the 1/2 cup of caramels in the 5 tablespoons of milk, melt, add butter then add to the cream cheese mixture. Stir in the remaining roasted pecans.

Pour batter over the caramel mixture. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the batter. Bake at 475 for 10 minutes then reduce temperture to 300 and bake for 55 minutes. Let cool then refrigerate for at least 6 hours before serving, preferably over night.

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Servings

12-15

Nutritional Information
Per Serving

no nutrition information available