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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion


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~ Pecan Caramel Cheesecake ~

~Crust~
7--5 x 2 1/2 inch graham crackers
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted and cooled
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled

~Filling~
2 lb cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 t vanilla
1/2 t salt

~Topping~
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 T unsalted butter
1 t vanilla
1 cup pecan halves, toasted lightly and cooled

Preheat oven to 325F.
In a food processor grind graham crackers and pecans fine and
in a bowl stir together with butter. Press mixture into bottom
of a 9 x 2 1/2 inch springform pan. Chill crust 30 minutes.
Make filling: In a bowl with an electric mixer beat cream cheese
until light and fluffy. Add brown sugar gradually, beating
until combined well. Beat in flour and add eggs, 1 at a time,
beating well after each addition. Add sour cream, vanilla, and
salt, beating until combined well. Pour filling into crust and
bake in middle of oven 1 hour, or until edges are just set but
middle trembles slightly. (Cheesecake will continue to set as
it cools.) Turn off oven and cool cheesecake in oven with oven
door propped open about 6 inches until cooled completely, about
2 hours. Make topping: In a dry heavy saucepan cook 1/2 cup sugar
over moderately low heat until melted. Cook sugar, swirling pan,
until a deep caramel. Add remaining 1/2 cup sugar and cream and
simmer, stirring occasionally, until caramel dissolves. Simmer
mixture, without stirring, until it registers 225F. on a candy
thermometer and remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla and
cool to room temperature. Pour topping over cheesecake, spreading
evenly. Arrange pecans decoratively on top and chill cheesecake,
covered, overnight. Remove side of pan.

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Give as a gift in a white cake box embellished with
designs sponge painted on lid. Embellish with Christmas
ribbon. Add gift tag and recipe card.


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