An amazing combination of creamy pumpkin spiced cheesecake with a rich graham cracker and pecan crust this Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake combines all the fall flavors into one delicious and super creamy bite!
Now that I have introduced you to this wonderful and decadent cheesecake and have your complete attention, let me tell you about my “magical ovens”
I know it sounds crazy but I used to have these two amazing ovens that seemed to be guarded by heavenly chef-angels at all times. No matter what I cooked, roasted, baked or broiled – it seemed the ovens were always ready to turn every dish into culinary perfection. I could make a souffle and open the oven’s door mid cooking without consequences. I would throw in a cheesecake and later, voila! Perfect cheesecake done!
And then we moved……
Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake
I decided to make this fabulous cheesecake at my new home – in my new oven (not really new, just new to me).
I made the delicious crust by mixing graham cracker crumbs with finely chopped pecans, sugar and spices, then I mixed in melted butter. I pressed the mixture into the bottom of a pan. I poured in the rich and creamy pumpkin flavored cheesecake mixture. Yum! I placed my cheesecake in the oven, set the timer and walked away – assuming the heavenly oven angels were going to do their magic….
Two and a half hours later, I open the oven and tada! There were no angels singing! Instead, there was a giant crack in my cheesecake! Whaaaaat?? Wait a minute! What? I have made cheesecakes dozens of times before! What happened????
I immediately took a picture and sent it to two of my very close friends with a sad face emoji followed by a picture of me in despair (kind of pulling my hair out) eating the whole thing (it was absolutely delicious by the way). I was confused. What did I do wrong? I must eat the whole thing before anyone else can see this crack! I mean I am a chef who has a food blog and takes pictures of food! No one should see this, let me make the ultimate sacrifice and eat it all!
Knowing that I have a flair for drama, my friends texted me back immediately. One told me, “First of all, I can’t believe you are eating cheesecake without me! Second, that’s how my cheesecakes always look”.
My other friend texted back,”It cracked? Shoot, I hate when that happens – did you do a water bath?”
At that point and without having enough self control to stop eating my deliciously cracked cheesecake, I decided to make a second one the next day. The only thing I did differently the second time is I wrapped the bottom of the pan with heavy duty aluminum foil and placed it in a pan filled with about an inch of hot tap water.
The result? Perfectly looking cheesecake worthy of a photo (or two or ten) and as delicious as the first one. This one I shared!
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