The Sunday Recipe: Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake

Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake

Crust

  • 9 ounces pecans
  • 1 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Filling

  • 2 packages (8 ounce each) cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of cloves

Topping (Optional – it made it prettier, but didn’t add much to the flavor palette.)

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 ounce chopped pecans, reserved from toasting

Directions

  1. Lay all the pecans out on a tin or two in a single layer, creased side up, making sure there are no shell pieces left in the creases.
  2. I toast pecans in my toaster oven, darkness setting halfway between light and medium. Once the toaster dings, I leave them in there as it cools a few minutes to finish. (Pecans can also be toasted for a few minutes in a low oven or in a clean frying pan.)
  3. Allow pecans to cool thoroughly.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Process all but 1 ounce of the pecans in a food processor until they are finely ground or until they barely start turning to pecan butter.
  6. Prepare a 9 ½ inch spring form pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. You can also use a 9 X 9 tin  or even an 8 X 8 tin with high sides.
  7. Mix all the ingredients for the crust and press into the prepared pan.
  8. If using a spring form pan, wrap the pan with aluminum foil and set in a roaster.
  9. Bake for ten minutes then allow to cool while preparing the filling.
  10. For the filling, make sure everything is brought to room temperature. You can speed this up by heating the eggs in hot tap water for 10 minutes, and microwaving everything else at 30% power, at 30 second increments.
  11. Beat the softened cream cheese with the maple syrup until smooth.
  12. Add the eggs, then the pumpkin, and sour cream.
  13. Finally, add the tapioca flour and spices.
  14. Pour into the pan, over the crust.
  15. Add water to the roasting pan, about halfway up the sides of the wrapped tin.
  16. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.
  17. Without opening the oven, turn it off and leave the cheesecake in the oven for another hour.
  18. Room from oven and from the water bath.
  19. Allow to cool an hour or so then refrigerate.
  20. To make the topping, place the butter, maple syrup, and cream in a saucepan.
  21. Stir gently on medium heat until the butter is melted and it comes to a boil.
  22. Add the pecans and reduced to low.
  23. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  24. Allow to cool then spread on top of cheesecake.
  25. Refrigerate until ready to serve.