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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Best Homemade Caramel Pear and Pecan Glaze over Cheesecake

This Caramel Pear and Pecan Glaze over the best homemade cheesecake is sure to rock your taste buds.  

It is a sure winner for your family or guests. Its not just for a special occasion but will make any day of the week special. 

 Most of the preparation can be done a day ahead and the glaze made just before serving.

 It's not that hard to serve one of the best Cheesecakes with a homemade Caramel Pear and Pecan Glaze at your next dinner party or family gathering. 

Caramel Pear and Pecan Glaze over Cheesecake

    • 3 cups of Graham Crackers (2 1/2 little packages)
    • 1 1/2 sticks of Butter, melted
    • 1/2 cup of Pecans
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup white sugar
    • 4- 8oz packages of Cream Cheese
    • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
    • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
    • 1-16 oz container of sour cream
    • 1/2 cup orange juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    • 5 eggs
    • 1 stick of butter
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 1 cup of chopped pecans
    • 2 lbs of Pears (about 4)
    • 1/2 cup of whipping cream
    • 1/4 cup of Creme de Cassis (black currant liqueur)
    Crust Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Wrap the bottom and sides of a 12 inch springform pan with foil to prevent water seepage when baking in the water bath
    3. Break up graham crackers and place in a food processor (may be done in two batches, depending on the size of your food processor), add pecans and finely grate them along with the graham crackers.
    4. Place the crumb mixture in a bowl and add sugars, mix thoroughly and began adding the melted butter and stir to combine
    5. Press the crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan and up the sides of the springform pan
    6. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes, remove to a cooling rack.

    Filling Instructions
    1. In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer add cream cheese, sugar and cornstarch and mix until smooth.
    2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix very well until no lumps remain.
    3. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust in the springform pan
    4. Place in a roasting pan and fill the roasting pan about halfway up the side of the cake pan with water.
    5. Carefully place in center of oven and bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
    6. Remove cake from water bath and place on wire rack. Let cool and refrigerate overnight.

    Topping Instructions
    1. Peel and pit pears then chop into 1/2 inch pieces.
    2. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat.
    3. Add pear pieces and pecans, stirring constantly, cook for about 2 minutes. 4. Add sugar and continue to stir until sugar is melted and mixture comes to a boil.
    5. Remove pears and pecans with a slotted spoon and save in a small bowl
    6. Keep the butter and sugar boiling at a slow boil, stirring constantly until it turns a pretty amber.
    7. Remove from heat and add cream and liqueur, place back on heat and bring to a boil, whisking constantly.
    8. Remove from heat, return the pears and pecans to the mixture and allow to cool.

    To Assemble
    1. Meanwhile remove cheesecake from refrigerator and carefully remove the sides of the springform pan. Place on cake plate
    2. When the topping is cool, carefully spread it over the cheesecake. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
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    1. Oh my Evelyn that looks absolutely lovely.

    2. ONG !!!
      Evelyn - this is an amazing cake!:)
      My mouth is watering just looking at these photos

    3. Looking good, girl!! This competition is ON! lol This looks divine!! xo, Claire

    4. Oh my gosh! This looks delicious, Evelyn - pinned :-) The topping is very interesting !

    5. That looks delicious, I am not such a great cook. I do OK, but I'd never get my chef on....I'd have to find him first! You put pecans in your crust and orange juice in your cheesecake? Is that for this recipe, or do you use them in all of your cheesecakes?

      Can you taste the OJ?

    6. Wow! That looks amazing!! Good luck!

    7. Beautiful! I want a piece! ~ Paula

    8. On my way across the country, I'm stopping by for a slice of this cheesecake! Ha :) This looks fabulous and so tasty! You've got mad skills, friend ;)

    9. You hit it outta the park!
      I wanted to participate this month, but too many things kept getting in the way. Good luck--but I don't think you need it!

    10. Oh Evelyn, this looks amazing! I'm pinning it to my Cheesecake board! :)

    11. Oh my word!! That looks soo good! I love the whole competition thing too! How fun. Thanks for linking up to Tell Me Tuesday:)

    12. Cheesecake is ALWAYS good! This looks delicious!

      Good luck!

    13. Hold the FORK... I mean- HAND IT OVER!! YUM!!! You nailed it!

    14. Hi Evelyn, How delicious, I would definitely eat this cheesecake if only for the topping. Oh, soooo good. Thanks so much for sharing.

      Joanne/Winelady Cooks

    15. golly gee whiz...and hey there!! that looks amazing!!
      And have I mentioned how fabulous your pictures are lately? fabulous!

    16. Wow!! and OMG!! I Love Cheesecake and Pears!! I am making this!! You definitely nailed it!! Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines!

    17. This looks divine! Great entry! Theresa @

    18. This looks delicious! I love pears on cheesecake. I made a similar recipe for the Spiked! Recipe Challenge.

      I'm your newest follower via GFC. Come visit me over at My Sesame Seed Buns sometime!

    19. Oh my goodness, this is making me drool!! Found you at Cast Party Wednesday, new fan! :-)

    20. Yum! I love cheesecake and pears so I'm sure I'd love this. Thanks for sharing at The Weekly Creative link party!

      Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

    21. Oh, wow! That looks marvelous and your photos are gorgeous, too, what a spectacular dessert!

    22. My, oh my....I'm dying to taste this! Pinned it to my decadent desserts board, to remember to try it sometime!

    23. Oh my Evelyn, that looks amazing! Cheesecake with fruit topping is my fave!

      Be sure to come share it at the Farm Girl Blot Fest on Friday! I'd love it if you did!

      Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

    24. Evelyn,
      This looks so good, I'm making this first chance I get. Your pictures are beautiful. Thank you for linking it up. I wish I had a pear recipe, I will have to come up with one.
      Wanda Ann

    25. Yum, that looks absolutely fabulous! I love cheesecake. :-)

    26. That's about the best looking thing I've seen all day!

    27. Oh wow, this looks great, Evelyn! I sure do wish I had a slice!

    28. Evelyn,
      I am making this as soon as I get back home. I am also featuring you on Follow Up on Alaska and Link Party today. This recipe totally deserves it.
      Thank you for linking up my friend.
      Wanda Ann @

    29. OMG....I wish I could put you in my kitchen right now! That looks amazing. I think I will pin this on my "Recipes To Try" board. Just cruising Katherine's blog hop and thought I would say hi!

    30. Oh my goodness how much fun!! And that looks delicious!

    31. Saw your post on The Taylor House Link Party. Cheesecakes looks delish! Pinning now. My post is #38.

    32. This is a really cool thing to do as a bunch of bloggers, huh? Love it and the cheesecake glaze. O dear! I love cheesecake and the pear glaze.. just ramps it up, doesn't it? Thanks for being a bloggy friend, Linda

    33. How pretty :) I love it, pinning this. Thanks for the recipe! If you don't mind I wanted to invite you to come link up at Recipe Sharing Monday and share your favorite recipes. Have a super week. :)

    34. Oh my word, I'm salivating! That looks delicious, so of course I'm going to have to pin this!
      Thanks for sharing :-)
      Stopping by from Love and Laundry's link up party

    35. This is one killer cheesecake.

    36. Could I please have an extra serving of glaze on mine please? Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your tasty recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
      Come Back Soon!
      Miz Helen

    37. OMGosh my dear that looks so yummy!!!! When I'm back on carbs and fruit so on my to do list :)

    38. wow sweetie you knocked this out of the park. two big yums ( thumbs) up! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

    39. Oh. My. Goodness. That looks delish!

    40. This looks so delicious! I never thought about pears with cheesecake. Thanks for sharing on Whisk Away Wednesday!

    41. This is such a beautiful and mouthwatering cheesecake! I love it!
      Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - see you there again next week with more deliciousness :)

    42. This looks great! I have eaten these pears in tins. I love them and I am sure this tastes good.

    43. Oh my goodness... does that ever look GOOD!!

      Thanks so much for partying with me last week at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m really looking forward to seeing what you share tomorrow evening!

    44. Oh my gosh! I really want a piece of that right now!! That looks so good :) Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Creative.

      Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

    45. YUM! You had me at caramel. It really is beautiful. I am sure that it is delicious as well. I no longer have a springform pan. I think I need to get one again. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    46. This looks heavenly. I'd have to make it without the pecans, though, as my husband doesn't care for nuts. I bet it would still be delicious. Thank you for sharing in the GRAND Social.

    47. Hi Evelyn, Thanks for linking up @ who ended up winning? or are you all winners? xo

    48. Oh my that looks Delish!!! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation. I am going to be featuring this at tonights link party! Wahoo!

    49. Great use of pears, my goodness that looks amazing! Love the caramel sauce! Thanks for sharing this at One Creative Weekend!

    50. Oh my gosh, that looks amazing!!! I want a piece right now. :) I am thrilled that you shared with us at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

      Kathy @

    51. Just wanted you to know that your recipe is being featured to today on foodie friday. Will be pinning and tweeting it this week too. Thanks again for being part of our party.

    52. All the way through reading this post my brain was repeating "oh my gosh!" It looks so good I can't stand it! Thanks for linking with me :)

    53. Oh my. I think I just put on two pounds just looking at it but I would be it is well worth a few extra trips to the gym. :D Thanks for sharing.

    54. Looks amazing and bet it tastes even more so! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

    55. Oh, sweet Lord, this looks good!!! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    56. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays, featuring this week :)

    57. Evelyn, you will be one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House...that is if I could hurry up and get the post Swing on by and pick up a feature button for your blog. See you later at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    58. Your cake looks so good! I have never seen the cake topping like this!

    59. I cannot think of an adjective to describe how wonderful this cake looks. Your husband is one lucky man. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes! -Savannah

    60. Oh my goodness, this cake looks so fabulous! If pears and caramel aren't a great enough combination, throw in the cheesecake and I'm definitely excited for this one! Pinning.
      Thanks so much for sharing at Saturday Dishes! Hope to see you back this weekend!


    Thank you so much for your sweet comments:)))