Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cheesecake Praline Squares

Back in the days when I lived a couple hours away from my parents, my mom would make this cheesecake often when I would come visit. Now that I've moved backed to my hometown and only 15 minutes away from their house, my visits aren't such a special occasion anymore. Not that I'm complaining about the mini candy bars that she keeps in the crisper but I really miss this cheesecake. Fortunately, she still makes it for holidays. See the picture above? That was my plate for Independence Day. And I'm not even sorry about it.

Cheesecake Praline Squares (originally from Taste of Home magazine)

Crust:
2 cups flour
1 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
2 TBS powdered sugar

Filling:
3 pkgs (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs
1/2 tsp lemon zest or juice

Topping:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a bowl, combine flour, butter, pecans and powdered sugar. Press into an ungreased 9x13 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the milk, vanilla and lemon. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.

In a saucepan, combine brown sugar and cream. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in pecans and vanilla. Pour over cheesecake. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Cut into squares.

Enjoy!

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18 comments:

  1. This seems pretty easy for a cheesecake - no water bath or spring form pan. I think I could handle that!

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  2. of course now I want to send Hubby out to buy supplies because this looks super yummy.

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  3. Looks YUMMY! My mom just moved an hour away and I've noticed if I go visit I get much better things than when she was 15 minutes away. Give and take I suppose. :)

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  4. These are super super good for you ...right?

    Looks yummy!

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  5. They look delish! I can't wait to try them out!

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  6. Oh yummy...my diet is preparing some hate mail for you...heehee!

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  7. This looks divinely delicious! I printed the recipe, and I can't wait to give it a try.

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  9. OMG! That looks devine. I have to make this.

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  10. yum, that looks great. But I have to warn you, I am starting a fitness program and I am probably going to have to AVOID your blog at all costs!! lol It's so hard to see this yummy looking stuff and not run to the store to buy the ingredients to make it!

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  11. Those looks amazing! Can't wait to try them.

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  12. I tried the pralines, and they turned out delish! Thanks for sharing!
    BTW, I left you a blog award today!

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  13. My grandmother makes this too. Found your blog through another blog..lol. I'm an Arkansas blogger too..waay down south.

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  14. Oh my gosh...........I love cheesecake and anything praline, so how could you go wrong?? yummy!

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