November 23, 2010

Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Yesterday, I told ya'll how I stocked up on sweet potatoes with them being so cheap right now, and posted the recipe for Sweet Potato Bread.  When I baked the potatoes for the bread, I threw a couple more in the oven to prepare for the cheesecake I was going to bake today.  

Yes, you heard me right - I'm baking a cheesecake with sweet potatoes!  Then, I'm topping if off with a perfect pecan topping!  This cheesecake is luscious & delicious (deluscious?) - and the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving feast. 

Here is what you need.  

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Place the 10 graham crackers (large rectangles) in a food processor & pulse until you get crumbs.  

Melt half of the stick of butter, & pour it into the crumbs - along with 1/4 cup of sugar.  Mix it all together, and press into a 9" or 10" springform pan. (I use a 10")

Bake for 10 minutes.  

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine sweet potatoes, cream cheese, scant cup of sugar (little less than a cup), 1/4 cup cream, & sour cream.  Beat until smooth.

Beat in one egg at a time, until all 3 eggs have been combined & the mixture is creamy.

Your graham cracker crust should be done now, so scoop the cheesecake filling into it - and spread evenly.

Bake for 70 minutes on 350, or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.  Turn off the oven, & let the cheesecake sit in there with the oven door ajar for an hour.

Now, it's time to make the pecan topping.  In a small saucepan on low heat, stir together 1/4 cup of butter & the brown sugar, until the sugar is dissolved.  Turn up the heat a little, and bring to a boil.

Whisk in 1/4 cup of cream...

Then mix in the pecans.

Pour the hot topping on top of the cheesecake, & refrigerate.

Once the topping is set, you can remove it from the springform pan.

Sweet Potato Cheesecake


For the crust:
  • 10 graham crackers, pulsed into crumbs
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
For the cheesecake:
  • 1.5 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 scant cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 eggs
For the topping:
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C ). Mix together graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9 1/2 inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes.
Transfer 1 1/2 cups of sweet potato puree to a large bowl. Add cream cheese, scant cup of sugar, sour cream and 1/4 cup cream; beat until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, blending well after each until creamy. Pour filling into crust.
Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean- about 70 minutes. Turn off the oven. Let cake stand 1 hour in oven with door ajar.
Combine brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat, and bring to a boil. Mix in 1/4 cup cream, then nuts. Pour hot topping over cheesecake. Refrigerate.


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