Pumpkin praline cheesecake

One of the favorite fall desserts is our homemade pumpkin praline cheesecake.  Here is the recipe:  

Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake from Mission Oak Inn

Crust:
1 pkg butter recipe cake mix
1/2 c. softened butter or margarine

Heat oven to 325°. Combine cake mix and butter in large bowl, mixing at low speed until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup of mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture in bottom and 1 1/2 inches up sides of ungreased 10 inch springform pan.

Filling:
3 pkg. (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 can (15 oz) solid-pack pumpkin
2 T. cornstarch
1 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 c. evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Add the pumpkin, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg; mix well. Gradually beat in milk, eggs, and vanilla just until blended. Pour into crust. Sprinkle the topping evenly over filling. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° 70-80 minutes or until center is almost set and topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and drizzle caramel topping over top. Bake for 8-10 minutes more to set topping. Cool 30 minutes. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen. Cool completely. Remove sides of pan and refrigerate 4-5 hours or overnight. Store in refrigerator.

Topping
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. chopped pecans
1/3 c. caramel topping
reserved mixture from crust

In a small bowl combine reserved crumb mixture, brown sugar, and pecans; blend well. Drizzle with additional caramel when serving.

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