S I Recipe

Sweet Potato Cheesecake with a Pound Cake Crust

By S I SyiLuvsPastries

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Makes 16 servings.
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S' Story

I was watching the show "$40 a Day" on the Food Network channel a few years ago, and they were in Atlanta. They featured Sweet Auburn Bread Co. and this sweet potato cheesecake that's made using pound cake as the crust instead of the normal graham cracker crust. I love sweet potatoes and homemade pound cake; so I just had to try it.

I love pecan struesel over sweet potato casserole, so I decided to add another dimension of "yumminess" to this recipe by drizzling it with a praline topping/sauce!

*When I made this, I didn't get a chance to take a picture; so the picture I'm using at this time is from the original recipe. I'll be making this again for the holidays, so I'll be sure to remember to take a good picture & post it at that time.


2 medium
sweet potatoes, peeled & chopped
2 Tbsp
melted butter
loaf pound cake, cut into 20 thin slices
3 pkg
(8 oz each) cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/4 c
lightly packed brown sugar (*see note)
3 large
eggs, room temperature
1 c
heavy cream
2 tsp
vanilla extract
1 tsp
ground nutmeg
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp
ground cloves
1 pinch
2 Tbsp
light brown sugar
2 Tbsp
corn starch
1 c
dark corn syrup
1/2 c
chopped pecans
1 tsp
vanilla extract

Directions Step-By-Step

In a medium saucepan, boil the sweet potatoes until tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. Drain completely, add the melted butter and mash until smooth; set aside. (Should yield at least 1 1/2 cups)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the pound cake slices into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 10-inch springform pan; pressing firmly. Set pan aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, using paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium to high speed until fluffy. Gradually add the sugar; scraping sides of bowl. Mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Pour in the heavy cream; mix well. Add the mashed sweet potato, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and salt; blend until well incorporated and no white streaks. Pour mixture into pound cake lined pan.
Bake for 1 hour, 30 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave cheesecake in the oven for 45 minutes more (without opening the door). Remove from the oven and allow to cool, in the pan, on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Remove the springform, lightly wrap in plastic wrap, and place cheesecake in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours. Just before you're ready to serve, prepare the Praline Topping (if desired). Drizzle or spread the topping over the top of the cheesecake, slice & serve. Enjoy!
In a small heavy saucepan, stir together the brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in the corn syrup and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the pecans & vanilla. Cool slightly.
*NOTE: For the cheesecake you can use light or dark brown sugar (dark brown will just give more of a rich, molasses flavor) -OR- you can substitute 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar for the brown.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Desserts

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Ivette Hailey Ivette_Hailey
Dec 22, 2014
It was WONDERFUL I'll be making it again♥♥♥♥♥
Linda McKenzie innycooks
Apr 29, 2012
I love Just a Pinch recipes! When the recipes include using a stand mixer can a hand mixer be used? And would the person submitting the recipe please be kind enough to mention it in the recipe. (not everyone has a stand mixer) Thank You
Becky Graves BeckyG1
Jan 1, 2012
Love sweet potato pie & cheesecake, Great combo!!
Roz Tucker Rozmommy
Oct 30, 2011
Hello Ladies my name is Roz, happy to be a member hope to pick up a recipe or two and add it to my stash (smile) well Thanksgiving is coming and I am motivated , I usually find a great recipe and change it a few ways to create something else just as great but different, what are some dishes you usually cook for Thanksgiving ? I usually try to fix at least "one' different new dish. I live in Arizona and its still warm so maybe a grilled dish will be interesting, what do you think ??
Oct 29, 2011 - S I shared this recipe with discussion group: Brunch