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Chocolate Cheesecake with Praline Sauce

Chocolate Cheesecake with homemade graham cracker crust and finished with sweet Praline Topping.This Chocolate Cheesecake with homemade Graham Cracker crust and Praline Topping is such a showstopper!

I had such a great time making this cheesecake. First off, I made my first batch of Graham Crackers. Then I made my Cheesecake! And now there’s this amazing caramel and pecan topping that was to die for!

I loved all three bites that I had.

Rich Chocolate Cheesecake smothered in Praline Sauce

My husband thought it was too rich… Bah! What do guys know about desserts anyway?

How is it possible to have a cheesecake that is too rich? I mean, have you ever been to Cheesecake Factory? My cheesecake is boring compared to their mega-monster creations. This was simple and almost humble when you think about the uber-cheesecakes that are filled with cake and cookies and cheesecake and whip cream AND 1,300 calories!

I’m not saying mine is “diet” anything, but come on hubby… too rich?

Sweet Caramel and Pecans make an amazing Praline Topping.

I guess since caramel isn’t his favorite thing, maybe this wasn’t the best dessert to ask him to taste test. My girlfriend who took half of this cake really enjoyed it. She did the total girl thing trying not to pig out with it. She would walk by and take a small taste then walk away. A few minutes later she was back for another small bite. Then come back again to it and decide she had to “hide the evidence” of the taste testing by evening out the fork marks and just cut a sliver off.

By the next morning she was so sad to see so much of it gone. Not from her picking, but from her husband and four kids picking as well! Lol! That’s life.

Rich Chocolate Cheesecake topped with sweet Praline Sauce.

As I am writing this post, the Martha Stewart Blogger “hubbub” is in full swing. A little back story – Ms. Stewart was interviewed and basically said “bloggers are NOT experts”. I’d like to say that I am not an expert at baking. I fully admit that I have not been to culinary school and I do not have staff members try out and test any recipes before I make them. I, in fact, rely on so many other bloggers, books, magazines, and websites for recipes and inspiration.

I hope that I INSPIRE you to try to go above and beyond your comfort level in baking. I am just a normal mom with normal issues who tries to make amazing recipes. I hope you are not {too} intimidated by the recipes. I’ve done my best to break them down over three days so as not to overwhelm and scare you.

I think that if I can make an amazing dessert, then so can you. There is no need to be an “expert” to bake something wonderful.

1 dd Graham Crackers (1)Find the Graham Cracker Recipe HERE

 

 

 

1 dd Chocoalte Cheesecake (12)For the Cheesecake Recipe click HERE

Yield: 16

Chocolate Cheesecake with Praline Sauce

Chocolate Cheesecake with homemade graham cracker crust and finished with sweet Praline Topping.

Enjoy the sweet caramel flavors of this praline topping filled with pecans to top your beautiful Chocolate Cheesecake.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pecans (8 ounces)

Instructions

    1. Remove your cheesecake from the fridge. Leave it covered to prevent condensation from forming on the cake and let it come to room temperature as you make your topping.
    2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
    3. Combine the butter and brown sugar in a medium sized saucepan and cook over medium low heat. Stir until it’s smooth. Add in the heavy cream and salt and bring to a boil. Simmer just until slightly thickened. Do not let it cook for more than 3 minutes or it will harden as it cools instead of staying soft. Let the caramel cool.
    4. Coarsely chop the nuts and spread them on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for about 8 minutes, until they are lightly browned and fragrant. Transfer the pecans to a work surface and let them cool then stir them into the cooled caramel.
    5. Top your cheesecake and impress your family and guests.

Notes

Praline topping recipe from Food and Wine

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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