Rustic Cheesecake with Praline Sauce

  • Total: 1 hr 50 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 12 to 16 servings
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2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

2 tablespoons butter

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 cups pecan pieces

2 cups sweetened whipped cream

Sprigs of fresh mint

2 cups ground chocolate wafers

1/2 stick butter, melted

3 pounds cream cheese, cubed and room temperature

3 cups sugar

6 eggs

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground wafers and melted butter, together. Mix well. Press the crust on the bottom of a 10-inch spring-form pan. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, puree the cream cheese until smooth. Add 2 cups of sugar and process until incorporated. With the machine running, add the eggs, one at a time. Add the cream, flour, salt and 1 teaspoon vanilla, mix well. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the processor. Process until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter over the crust. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the center is firm. Remove from the oven and run a knife around the sides of the pan. Cool on a wire rack. Serve either at room temperature or chilled. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the remaining sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, pinch of salt, and condensed milk. With a wooden spoon, stir until the sugar dissolves. Continue to cook, stirring, until smooth and light brown, about 8 minutes. Add the remaining vanilla and pecan pieces and continue to cook, stirring, until the mixture reaches 234 to 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer or the soft ball stage. Remove from the heat and pour over the cheesecake. Let sauce cool and then slice into individual servings.
  3. Garnish each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprig of mint.