Pecan Pie. Cheesecake. Pecan pie and cheesecake together. Oh, my. Who could resist that? I knew the minute I saw this recipe in Southern Living Easy Entertaining that it would be a big hit at our house. And since it was a Southern Living recipe I knew that it would be very good. Southern Living, is after all the end-all be-all of everything good about living in the south. I have all their annual cookbooks going back to 1987. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed a recipe for a party or a special meal and I’ve gone straight to those cookbooks for inspiration.
This Pecan Cheesecake Pie is essentially a standard pecan pie recipe poured on top of a cheesecake layer. Even though it seems like there are lots of steps, it is really simple. This is a pleasant change from the typical pecan pie and goodness gracious it is ever good. And, believe me I know pecan pies. Since I grew up in pecan and peanut growing country, pecan pies made frequent appearances on my mother’s table. We always had pecans and peanuts in our house and I still keep both on hand all year round.
½ (15 oz.) package refrigerated piecrusts
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
4 large eggs, divided
¾ cup sugar, divided
2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
¼ tsp. salt
1 ¼ cups chopped pecans
1 cup light corn syrup
Preheat oven to 350.
Fit the piecrust into a 9-inch pie plate according to package directions. Fold edges under and crimp. And, yes I use those refrigerated pie crusts from the grocery store. I can’t make a pie crust if I had to. Just not my thing. It was a happy day for me when Pillsbury started selling these. They’re way better than the frozen ones.
Next, combine the cream cheese, 1 egg, ½ cup sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, and salt.
Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
Pour the cream cheese mixture into piecrust. Starting to look good already, isn’t it?
Next, chop the pecans and sprinkle them evenly over the cream cheese layer.
In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, corn syrup, remaining 3 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
Whisk everything together until it’s well combined and pour the mixture over the pecans. Place the pie on a baking sheet.
Bake at 350 on the lowest oven rack for 50 to 55 minutes or until the pie is set. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 hour).
Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 2 days.
— Recipe from Southern Living Magazine Easy Entertaining