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Hi Bold Bakers!
WHAT YOU GET: The perfect recipe to welcome in fall is my Pumpkin Cheesecake With Pecan Praline Sauce. The creamy cheesecake has that wonderful pumpkin pie flavor you love, topped off with a deliciously sticky pecan praline sauce.
If you want to impress your guests with none of the stress, you simply have to make my homemade Pumpkin Cheesecake With Pecan Praline Sauce! It’s the perfect fall treat and a great dessert to serve during the upcoming holidays — especially because this cheesecake recipe is absolutely foolproof!
This is a recipe for a baked pumpkin cheesecake, and I definitely think baked cheesecakes are one of the more forgiving recipes. I also love the texture of baked cheesecake compared to no-baked cheesecake. Its texture is so smooth and creamy! And all you need to do is beat all of your ingredients for the cheesecake together.
For the base of this recipe, I use a classic cookie crust. I like to use ground Graham crackers for my pumpkin cheesecake crust (you can make Homemade Graham Crackers, too!), but you can use Digestive Biscuits or whatever cookies you like to make your pie crust.
What really makes this recipe big and bold is my homemade pecan praline sauce. My pecan praline sauce is made with dark brown sugar, giving it a wonderful, sticky caramel flavor and toasted pecans. This sauce, alone, is well worth your time — try it on bread pudding or ice cream too!
Pumpkin Puree Vs. Pumpkin Pie Filling
This recipe calls for pumpkin puree, not to be confused with pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling are very different!
You can make homemade pumpkin puree or buy a can of pumpkin puree. Canned pumpkin puree is canned during peak season and at peak ripeness and should be 100% pumpkin — nothing else. Check the ingredients on the can to ensure nothing else has been added.
Pumpkin pie filling, however, is pumpkin that has been blended with sweeteners and spices. I don’t use pumpkin pie mix in my recipes, as I like to know how much sugar and spice I am adding to a recipe.
What Is Praline Sauce?
My pecan praline sauce is a southern-American inspired sauce made with butter, heavy cream, dark brown sugar, a touch of salt, and toasted pecans. It tastes like a caramelly, nutty, sticky sauce. To me, it’s the perfect amount of sweetness that I want on a dessert.
I like to toast my pecans before adding them to my praline sauce. To toast pecans, place them on a baking tray and roast them for about 7-10 minutes in a 350°F (180°C) oven. The nuts are toasted when you can smell their nutty aroma in the air.
You can pre-make this praline sauce too! It can keep in your fridge for 2-3 weeks. I keep this sauce in my fridge for ages to put on ice cream.
Tools You Need To Make Pumpkin Cheesecake With Praline Sauce
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowls
- 9-inch springform pan
- Stand mixer or handheld electric mixer
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