Maple Bacon Cheesecake

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Active: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 1 large or 6 mini cheesecakes
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Ingredients

Crust:

1 box vanilla wafers, such as Nilla

1 cup pecans 

1/2 cup sugar 

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon 

1 stick butter, at room temperature

Filling:

2 pounds cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar 

1/2 cup sour cream 

4 eggs plus 2 yolks 

1/2 cup maple syrup 

1 teaspoon maple extract 

8 ounces bacon, cooked until crisp and roughly diced 

Topping:

8 ounces sour cream

1/4 cup sugar 

1 cup maple syrup 

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

4 tablespoons bacon fat 

Candied Bacon Garnish:

8 ounces bacon

1/2 cup maple syrup 

1 teaspoon maple extract 

1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper, plus more to season 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the crust: In a food processor, pulse the wafers, pecans, sugar and cinnamon until they reach a consistency that can be pressed. Work the butter into the mix until crumbly. Press uniformly into 1 large or 6 mini springform pans. Bake for 5 minutes.
  3. For the filling: In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, mix the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the sour cream and mix well. Add the eggs and yolks one at a time; mix well and scrape down the sides before adding the next egg. Add the maple syrup and extract. Pour into the pan with the baked crust, stopping 1/2 inch from the top of the crust. Bake for 12 minutes (if using mini pans) or 27 minutes (if using a large pan). After 5 or 10 minutes (depending on the size of pan), put the pieces of bacon into the cheesecake.
  4. For the topping: Mix the sour cream, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and bacon fat in a bowl. Carefully pour spoonfuls of the topping on the cheesecake from the outside edges to the middle of the top. Be careful to not overfill the pan. Bake for an additional 5 minutes. Carefully remove from the oven and cool in the refrigerator until set.
  5. For the candied bacon garnish: Cook the bacon until crispy and place on a rack. Mix the maple syrup with the extract and pepper and paint the mixture with a pastry brush on both sides of the bacon. Broil the bacon for 1 minute on each side. Crack more pepper over the bacon and cool until set. Garnish the cheesecake with the candied bacon.

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