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Decadant Thankgiving Dessert: Pumpkin Maple Pecan Cheesecake

Thanksgiving desserts should be rich, decadant, and laced with the satin-smooth texture of pumpkin, dontchya think?  Well, I do.  And, that’s why I was immediately in love with Anne Thorton’s (of Food Network’s Dessert First) recipe for Pumpkin Maple Pecan Cheesecake.  If you’re looking for something sophisticated and dazzling to place upon your Thanksgiving table, this is the dessert for you.  If you like pecan pie, maple cookies, pumpkin cheesecake, or pumpkin pie, this is really the dessert for you.  The flavors of fall are combined together, baked up, and sliced into fat, pieces.  Just the way Thanksgiving desserts should be.

Pumpkin Maple Pecan Cheesecake
Recipe courtesy Anne Thornton

Cheesecake:

1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs (from approximately 12 graham crackers)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
3 large eggs, at room temperature for 30 minutes
1/4 cup pure grade B maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
Maple Pecan Glaze:

1 cup whipping cream
3/4 cup pure grade B maple syrup
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

For the cheesecake: Finely crush the graham crackers in a plastic bag with a rolling pin or use a food processor. In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter and firmly press into the bottom of 9-inch springform pan.

In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually mix in the sweetened condensed milk until smooth. With the mixer on medium, add the pumpkin, eggs, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix well and pour into the springform pan.

Bake until the center appears nearly set, but jiggles a little when shaken, 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool for 1 hour. Cover and chill overnight, or for at least 4 hours.

For the glaze: In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the whipping cream and pure maple syrup and bring it to a boil. Boil until slightly thickened, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the chopped pecans. Cover and chill until time to serve. Stir before serving.

To serve: Spoon the Maple Pecan Glaze over the cheesecake

Yield:
1 (9-inch) cheesecake
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 1 hr 35 min
Inactive Prep Time: 5 hours
Ease of preparation: Intermediate
Yield:
1 (9-inch) cheesecake

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Catch a Christmas episode of Dessert First with Anne Thornton on Sunday, on December 5th at 12pm/11 c on the Food Network
Photo and credit courtesy Food Network.

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