S P I C E D M A P L E - WALNUT CHEESECAKE
Prep Time: 30 min. Total Time: 6 hours 40 min. Makes: 16 servings
WHAT YOU NEED
8 graham crackers 1 cup chopped PLANTERS Walnuts, toasted, divided 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar, divided 2 Tbsp. butter, melted 4 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 1 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream 1 cup maple syrup, divided 4 eggs 1/2 cup whipping cream
HEAT oven to 325°F. USE pulsing action of food processor to pulse graham crackers, 3/4 cup nuts and 2 Tbsp. sugar until mixture forms fine crumbs. Add butter; mix well. Press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 min. BEAT cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice and remaining sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add sour cream and 1/2 cup maple syrup; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust. BAKE 1 hour or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate cheesecake 4 hours. BRING cream and remaining maple syrup to boil in medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly. Simmer on medium-low heat 10 to 12 min. or until reduced to about 2/3 cup, stirring frequently. Cool completely. DRIZZLE maple-flavored sauce over cheesecake just before serving; sprinkle with remaining nuts. Substitute: Combine 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, and dash each of ground allspice and ground cloves; use instead of the pumpkin pie spice.