Julie Goodwin’s pecan pie cheesecake

A divine seasonal sweet.
Julie Goodwin's pecan pie cheesecakePhotography: John Paul Urizar. Styling: Michaela Le Compte.
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As the weather turns colder, Julie Goodwin’s pecan pie twist on the much-loved cheesecake is a winner for all occasions. To make this decadent dessert, Julie combines a buttery crumb base with rich, deep caramel cheesecake filling and a deliciously gooey and nutty pecan pie topping. Try serving it with vanilla bean custard or simple whipped cream.





Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line the base of a 22cm springform pan with baking paper.


Process cookies until fine crumbs. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in almond meal and nutmeg. Add butter; mix well. Press crumb mixture firmly over base and about 4cm up side of pan. Place pan on oven tray; refrigerate while making Filling.



Place sugar and the water in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves. Bring syrup to the boil; boil, without stirring the pan, for 10 minutes or until syrup has darkened to a golden colour. Remove from heat and immediately put in 250g chopped cream cheese. Be careful, this will cause the mixture to froth up. Stir constantly until the cheese is combined with the caramel. Beat 250g of the cream cheese in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually pour in caramel, beating until well combined. Add the remaining cream cheese; beat until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla.


Pour the Filling into the chilled base. Bake for 25 minutes.



Meanwhile, beat butter, sugar, eggs and maple syrup in a bowl until combined; stir in pecans.


Remove cheesecake from oven; gently spoon Topping over. Bake for a further 30 minutes or until the Topping is set. Refrigerate for 6 hours before serving.

If you don’t have six hours to refrigerate the cheesecake, chill it for half an hour in the freezer before refrigerating for 2 or 3 hours.

Julie’s tip

This recipe ran in The Australian Women’s Weekly in 2017 and was published online in 2024.

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