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Besides tinting the cake a lovely pale orange, sweet potatoes lend a pleasant texture to the rich, creamy filling. This recipe comes from Patty Pinner's cookbook Sweets (randomhouse.com).

Source: Midwest Living

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
bake:
1 hr
cool:
3 hrs
cook:
15 mins
total:
4 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 cheesecake
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Ingredients

Crust
Filling
Topping

Directions

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  • Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch spring-form pan; set aside.

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  • For crust: In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. Press mixture firmly into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the prepared pan.

  • For filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy . Beat in condensed milk, followed by sweet potatoes, until smooth. Add eggs one at a time. beating well after each addition. Add the 1/4 cup maple syrup, the cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Beat until blended. Pour filling into crust in pan. (The filling will come higher than the crust.)

  • Bake in a 350º oven for 60 to 75 minutes, or until a 2 1/2-inch rim around outside edge appears set when gently shaken. Leave cheesecake in oven, but turn the oven off and leave the door cracked. After 1 hour, remove the cake
    from the oven and carefully run a small knife around the rim of the pan to loosen the cake. Let cake cool in pan on
    a wire rack for 2 hours, then transfer to refrigerator and chill, covered, overnight.

  • For topping: In a medium saucepan, combine 3/4 cup maple syrup and cream. Bring to boiling over medium heat, stirring often, until mixture thickens,about 15 minutes. Stir in pecans. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.

  • To serve, remove sides of pan. Spoon some topping over the whole cheesecake. Pass remaining topping. Chill leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

634 calories; fat 39g; cholesterol 158mg; saturated fat 21g; carbohydrates 63g; mono fat 12g; poly fat 3g; insoluble fiber 2g; sugars 49g; protein 10g; vitamin a 9937.9IU; vitamin c 8mg; thiamin 0.2mg; riboflavin 0.7mg; niacin equivalents 1.1mg; vitamin b6 0.2mg; folate 27mcg; vitamin b12 0.4mcg; sodium 426mg; potassium 454mg; calcium 222mg; iron 1.6mg.
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