The Best Cheesecake Recipe
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup toasted pecans, finely chopped but not ground
1 1/2 lbs cream cheese, softened
1 cup brown sugar
5 1/3 ounces evaporated milk
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pure maple syrup, for glazing
12 whole pecans, for garnishing
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Combine crust ingredients in a small bowl.
Press mixture into a 9- or 10- inch springform pan.
Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven.
When crust is done, remove from oven and set aside.
Increase oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
Combine cream cheese, brown sugar, evaporated milk, flour, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl; beat well.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Pour filling mixture into baked crust.
Bake at 325 degrees F for 50 minutes (center of cheesecake should still be slightly wobbly).
Cool cheesecake completely (using whatever preferred method; everyone has their own).
Before serving, paint the top with maple syrup and arrange whole pecans in a decorative pattern on top (I usually do it in such a way as to have one pecan per slice).
Cover and refrigerate leftovers.