Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramelized Pecan Topping

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs

Stir together the first three ingredients. Press crumb mixture into bottom and up sides of an 8-inch springform pan. Bake crust at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Beat cream cheese and next 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Pour mixture into prepared crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes or until almost set. Remove cheesecake from oven; gently run a knife around edge of pan, and release sides. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours. Stir together 3 tablespoons butter, brown sugar, and pecans; spoon over top of cheesecake. Broil 3 inches from heat for 3 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Store in refrigerator.