100 Men Who Cook - Dr Ashton's Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

By Heather Roberts | hroberts@wcia.com

Published 04/03 2014 03:26PM

Updated 04/03 2014 05:23PM

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cheesecake
10-12 servings
Prep time: 35 min plus chilling
Baking time: 40 minutes

Crust Cheesecake Portion:
2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
6 Tbsp. margarine or butter, melted

Combine crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 9 in. springform pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

1 bag (14 oz.) Caramels
1 can (5 oz.) evaporated milk
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces melted
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs

In 1.5 quart heavy saucepan, melt caramels with milk over low heat, stirring frequently, until smooth.  Pour over crust.  Top with pecans.  Combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla, mixing at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Blend in chocolate; pour over pecans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan.  Chill.  Garnish with whipped cream and additional finely chopped pecans, if desired.

Note:  Cheesecake should be stored in freezer.  It's easier to cut partially frozen.

“100 Men Who Cook” is a unique fundraising event where 100 local male celebrities prepare and share their favorite recipes. On Saturday, April 5, at the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville, attendees will try a variety of foods and tip the chefs to show support for their favorite dishes.

Event details
Saturday, April 5, 2014
David S. Palmer Arena
6 - 7pm cocktails
7 - 8:30pm food service
8:30 - 9:30pm program & live auction
9:30 - 11:00pm entertainment & cash bar

Tickets are $60 per person, or $450 for a table for eight. To order tickets, contact angela.lazzell@presencehealth.org or call 217.442.6803.

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