Pecan Praline Cheesecake

Pecan Praline Cheesecake

1 1/4 cup crushed graham crackers
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs
1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted
1 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine cracker crumbs, granulated sugar and chopped pecans. Stir in butter; press mixture over the bottom and 1 1/2 inches up the sides of a 9-inch spring-form pan. Bake in a 350° F. oven for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large mixer bowl beat together cream cheese and the 1 cup brown sugar until well-combined. Add milk, flour and the 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla; beat well. Add eggs, beat just until blended. Pour into baked crust. Bake in 350° F. oven for 50 minutes or until set.

Cool in pan 30 minutes; loosen sides and remove rim from pan. Cool completely. Arrange nut halves over cheesecake.

To serve, combine corn syrup, cornstarch and remaining brown sugar in saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat; stir in remaining vanilla. Cool slightly. Stir sauce before serving. Spoon some warm sauce over nuts on cheesecake. Serve remaining sauce on the side.

Serves 16.

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