A wonderful chocolate cheesecake with a layer of caramel-pecan sandwiched between the crust and filling.
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 30 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Mix well and press into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Pour on melted caramel/pecan mixture and chill for 30 minutes.
To make the Caramel Filling: In a small saucepan, combine caramels and milk. Cook over low heat, stirring, until smooth. Stir in chopped pecans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
In the top of a double boiler, heat chocolate, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool to lukewarm. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Fold 1/3 of the filling into the melted chocolate, then pour the chocolate mixture back into the filling and mix until no streaks remain. Pour into crust.
Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until center is almost set. Place a pan of water on rack underneath cheesecake as it bakes to help keep it from cracking. Cool in oven with door cracked open. Refrigerate at least 5 hours before serving.
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