I’m delighted to report that Mama Rose Table has perfected her pecan pie cheesecake just in time to share it with you all for Thanksgiving! This recipe is truly the best of both worlds. It’s more delicious than any pecan pie I’ve ever had. The cheesecake actually lightens it up AND it’s quite a bite easier to make than a traditional cheesecake. It’s truly a show-stopping dessert.
What’s so fascinating about this dessert is how it separates into layers! You basically pour a cream cheese mixture into the pie crust, sprinkle pecans over it, then pour a pecan pie mixture over it and somehow when you pull it out of the oven, the pecans are on top, the cheesecake is in the middle, and the caramel-y filling that pecan pie is known for is on the bottom. It’s culinary magic!
My mom is known for her amazing pie crust. It’s perfect. She always makes the crust from scratch but in a pinch, you could of course sub out for half a package of pie crust.
Pecan Pie Cheesecake
Mama Rose Table’s Best Ever Pie Crust, recipe follows
8 oz package cream cheese, softened
4 large eggs, divided
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
2 tsp vanilla extract, divided
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
1 cup dark corn syrup
- Make pie crust. (Recipe follows.) Fit pie crust into an 9″ pie plate. Crimp the edges.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (Do not use the convection feature if you have a convection oven.)
- Beat softened cream cheese, one egg, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture into prepared pie crust. Sprinkle chopped pecans over cream cheese mixture.
- Whisk together corn syrup, three eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla until combined. Pour mixture over pecans. Place pie on a baking sheet and bake for 50-55 minutes or until filling is set. Cool on a wire wrack for one hour or until cool. Chill at least two hours before serving.
Mama Rose Table’s Best Ever Pie Crust
FOR TWO PIE CRUSTS
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup shortening
6 Tbsp ice water
- Whisk together flour and salt.
- Cut in butter and shortening with a pastry blender or two forks.
- Add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing with a fork after each addition.
- Gather dough into a ball and chill while you prepare your filling. (If not using immediately, wrap in saran wrap and keep in the fridge.) Divide dough in half. Roll dough on a very lightly floured surface. Work quickly and don’t overhandle the dough.