Pumpkin Walnut Praline Cheesecake

What would AUTUMN be without pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread or pumpkin cheesecake? I like to add nuts to the cheese filling, just to have something to chew on while enjoy the creaminess of the cheesecake. If you prefer yours without, then leave the walnut praline out. The cheese I used for the recipe is called "Quark©angiesrecipes", a type of fresh cheese, which is made by warming soured milk until the desired degree of denatured proteins and then strained. Quark usually contains much lower fat than the cream cheeses and has no salt added.
Feel free to replace it with other type of fresh cheese, like fromage frais or cream cheese.

  • 100 g Granulated sugar
  • 50 g Chopped walnuts
  • 70 g Butter, diced
  • 3 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 120 g All-purpose flour

  • 200 g Sour cream
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  1. For praline, line a baking sheet with foil. In a heavey skillet place the 100 grams of granulated sugar. Cook over medium-high heat, swirling the skillet occasionally until sugar begins to melt. Reduce heat to low. Stir in the chopped walnuts and cook until sugar is golden brown and walnuts are toasted. Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading with a wooden spoon as thin as possible. Cool and chop the cooled praline into smaller pieces. Place 1/3 of the chopped praline in a blender container and process until ground. Store them in separate boxes in fridge until ready for use or up to 1 week.
  2. For crust, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until softened. Add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Sift in the flour. Beat at slow speed just until combined. Press the dough onto the bottom and 4cm up the side of 9-inch springform pan. Bake the crust in a 190C/375F oven about 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool crust on a wire rack while preparing filling.

  3. For filling, in a large mixing bowl beat quark cheese, 120 grams of brown sugar, and the flour with an electric mixer on a medium speed until combined. Add the pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Beat until combined. Add in eggs and beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the coarsely chopped walnut praline pieces, reserving the powder for the topping.
  4. Pour the filling into the crust and return to the oven. Bake in a 190C/375F oven for 40 minutes or until center appears nearly set. In a small bowl combine sour cream and granulated sugar. Spread over top of cheesecake.
  5. Cool cheesecake in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Use a small metal spatula to loosen crust from sides of pan. Cool completely and chill, covered, in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. Just before serving, sprinkle the ground praline over the sour cream topping.


Biren 26/9/10 06:55

Wow Angie...this pumpkin cheesecake looks so good I wish I could have a slice now. It must be so delicious!

sangeeta 26/9/10 07:00

Gorgeous cheesecake !!
I never made a cheescake with pumpking though a pumpkin pudding is a family favorite. Will try this one someday as i loved the nutty creamy texture , though i will not be using any quark cheese ( not available here )..

Krishnaveni 26/9/10 07:02

Beautiful cake, lovely picture, yummy treat, great

Monet 26/9/10 07:04

What a stunning fall recipe! I love the thought of creamy pumpkin cheesecake studded with crunchy sweet pralines. Just perfect! I'm very glad that I found your blog tonight. Thanks for sharing with me...I look forward to coming back!

jelena 26/9/10 07:07

Angie, you have outdone yourself. We live in a land of pumpkins but usually they are stuffed in fillo pastry. I love this pie, and the spices you have used. The pralines are such a nice touch. It does't look heavy, so light infact. BRAVO!


Dr.Sameena Prathap
26/9/10 07:10

Hi Angie,

Yummy cake...lovely clicks...mouth watering..you are inspiring me to bake dear....You rock!!!



aipi 26/9/10 07:19

Gorgeous cake.. absolutely love the second picture..awesome!

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kitchen flavours 26/9/10 07:27

The walnut praline certainly adds a classic touch to this stunning cheesecake. Delicious! One slice, please....can I have one more?

Sharmilee! :) 26/9/10 07:29

Wow looks so pretty am fond of cheese cake...and have been wanting to try....urs tempt me so much

alison 26/9/10 07:37

your pumpkin cheesecake looks delicious,beautiful pics,too!

Belinda @zomppa 26/9/10 08:02

Not usually a cheesecake fan but I would be delighted to get me a slice of this!

Sue 26/9/10 08:16

Your photos are just killing me! I wish I had a slice for a "midnight snack!"

Tanvi 26/9/10 08:58

Lots of amazing flavors going in there.Looks delicious and the pics are superb!

Suchitra 26/9/10 09:00

Oh boy, I could go for a piece right now! lovely presentation-

Dajana 26/9/10 10:56

I keep telling myself I need to start trying out some pumpkin recipes, but at the same time I keep putting it off. This cheesecake really got my attention. Lovely pictures, so inviting and irresistible looking cake.

bigheadmagicmad 26/9/10 10:59

I have never taste a pumpkin cheese cake before, but looking at all these pictures it really made me want to try this out. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

Pegasuslegend 26/9/10 12:31

your picture is scrumptious!

Cherine 26/9/10 13:27

I'm completely drooling!! Looks fabulous!

Neha 26/9/10 13:45

wow..what a cake...awesome pictures

wenn 26/9/10 15:01

wow, I want a slice.

Jeannie 26/9/10 15:18

Lovely cheesecake! Can imagine the taste of crunchy praline walnuts in between creamy bites...mmmmm!

Satya 26/9/10 15:27

awesome dear ...love the way u made this yummy cheese cake ...



Joanne 26/9/10 15:38

I am currently scoping out pumpkin recipes to make on Halloween and thanksgiving and this is exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for! Delicious!

Faith 26/9/10 16:02

Your cheesecake looks so luscious! I love the autumn flavors like pumpkin and warm spices in it!

Jess @ Bakericious 26/9/10 16:19

Angie, I have yet to try pumpkin on baking yet, looking at your cheese cake making me urging to bake one too.

Torviewtoronto 26/9/10 16:57

looks delicious lovely picture

foodtravelandwine 26/9/10 17:16

Amazing!!....Fantastic!!!....I can taste both the softness of the filling, and the crunchiness of the praline.....this will be a MUST in my Thanksgiving Dinner....thanks!!......Abrazotes, Marcela

My Little Space 26/9/10 17:54

Hm..mm... Angie, I'm pretty much greedy! I wanting the whole pie! hahaha... Excuse me everyone, the pie is mine! LOL. Thanks & hope you're having a great weekend.

Rachana 26/9/10 18:33

A perfect autumn recipe. The Cake looks so gorgeous and yumm.

Madhura Manoj 26/9/10 18:34

Awesome pictures...Drool-worthy pumpkin cheesecake

Katie@Cozydelicious 26/9/10 18:44

The most wonderful fall flavors!!! I love this. I am keeping this one for my halloween party!

tasteofbeirut 26/9/10 19:23

This cheesecake is heavenly! I am not such a great fan of cheesecake but i love the taste of pumpkin, walnuts and that shortbread crust! I am going to look for quark or its equivalent immediately, as lower fat and no salt sounds perfect to me!

Pacheco Patty 26/9/10 20:00

I've been thinking about making a pumpkin cheesecake and your recipe sounds just like what I would like to make. The walnut praline is the perfect touch to the spices in the pumpkin:)

Nithu 26/9/10 20:36

Oh man!! what a combo? I just love it and am drooling...

Ananda Rajashekar 26/9/10 21:02

oh wow so many combo of spices, loved ur 4th pic...super yummy!

Dishesdone 26/9/10 21:50

I would love a really big slice! I am so looking forward to pumpkin and Autumn!

Chow and Chatter 26/9/10 21:51

wow this is first class bravo you are super talented Angie

Anonymous 26/9/10 22:04

Love, love, love pumpkin cheesecake Well I love all flavors cheesecake! :) This looks so amazing...

Chef Dennis 26/9/10 22:55


that cheesecake looks incredible!! I love the colour!! pralines and the sour cream topping were such a great touch...I can only imagine just how creamy and delicious that cheesecake was!!

Silence Sings 27/9/10 00:54

Very innovative and new to me.....lovely clicks....

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines 27/9/10 01:03

That cheesecake sure has a whole lotta goodness in it! I love pumpkin, it just says hello autumn. I wish I had a piece of that right now! Ever consider moving to CA?

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) 27/9/10 01:47

looks mindblowing dear........deliciously yum n mouthwatering...craving for some now..

♥LOVE2COOK♥ 27/9/10 01:57

I'm speechless Angie!!! Seriously!!! Loved the cake...loved the clicks! Awesome...;)

May I have a slice please...:D

kothiyavunu.com 27/9/10 02:06

wow such a tempting cake & pics!!

OohLookBel 27/9/10 02:21

Lovely cheesecake! Quark is quite a typical German ingredient, isn't it? I wish it was more common over here. And the praline is a wonderful addition.

Cynthia 27/9/10 02:23

Oh Angie, you have again outdone your yourself!

Anonymous 27/9/10 02:32

A gorgeous gorgeous cheesecake! Amazing combination of flavors here!

Velva 27/9/10 02:36

Angie, this would be a beautiful dish for the American Thanksgiving table. You did an awesome job. This dish is truly a representative of the autumn season.

Oh how I wish autumn would arrive in Florida. I think we have awhile longer.

Jacklyn 27/9/10 03:32

Oh my goodness! You got me all excited with these pictures! I'll also be making a pumpkin cheesecake later this week but a vegan one. Yours looks absolutely amazing and I bet it tasted amazing as well!


Angie~ it's utterly amazing! I am now going to go eat a green salad, then start baking!

Devaki 27/9/10 04:41

OMG Angie! That is one gorgeous, lip smackingly good cheesecake. The praline is precious and what a nice change to regular graham cracker crust. Yumm!

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

theUngourmet 27/9/10 04:59

My life would be sad without any pumpkin in it! This cheesecake looks like heaven. I'll take mine with the pralines! Yum!

Kitchen Corner 27/9/10 06:00

WOW! This is a very special combination cheesecake! Pumpkin and praline.. very interesting flavor with the crunchy walnut in it. Thanks for sharing! I miss rich cheesecake a lot! I think I must make some rich cheesecake soon :)

Anna C 27/9/10 06:25

Your pumpkin cheesecake looks absolutely stunning. I'm not a big fan pumpkin pie but your photos had me drooling and wanting a slice.

3 hungry tummies 27/9/10 07:06

That is a good looking cake..it must tastes so good!

faithy, the baker 27/9/10 07:10

Wow..this is soo yummy and i love your photos.. please send a slice over!

Ju (The Little Teochew) 27/9/10 07:24

Yay! We both made a pumpkin dish! What a rustic looking cheescake. *loves*

Anncoo 27/9/10 08:11

What a gorgeous cheesecake! Looks so delicious :)

Sanjeeta kk 27/9/10 08:23

Lovely clicks, Angie. Like the color of your cheese cake. A must try.

noobcook 27/9/10 08:59

very autumny and I love the beautiful orange

MaryMoh 27/9/10 09:10

I've been thinking of a healthier cheesecake.This looks perfect...irresistible....mmm

Peanutts 27/9/10 09:21

wow, and you made it out of pumpkin of all things :)oh by the way can I ask you something, what can I use in place of rum? there is a cake recipe i want to try which uses 1/4 cup rum, so what can I use instead?

denise @ quickies on the dinner 27/9/10 10:01

OMG that looks beautiful! I was actually toying with the idea of making a pumpkin cheesecake last week because I have so much pumpkin at home now and then I see this gorgeous cheesecake here!!! I hope mine comes out as well!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 27/9/10 10:02

I love both of your pictures and cake, simply good!

Priya 27/9/10 10:25

Omg, cant take my eyes from the click, very gorgeous and tempting cheesecake..

OysterCulture 27/9/10 14:52

Looks amazing the tastes of fal all coming together in one delicious treat.

Mei 27/9/10 14:58

Hello Angie, thank you for popping in and leave your kind words, I like your blog, so many yummy foods and lovely pics. Do drop by anytime. Have a great day. Mei

Jenn 27/9/10 15:25

I have never heard of Quark...but OMG this cheesecake looks amazing!!!

Lynda 27/9/10 16:07

What a gorgeous looking cheesecake...I think it is calling my name! I love pumkin cheesecake and the addition of walnut praline is a great idea.

Pari 27/9/10 16:11

hi, I wish so much to grab a bite. would love to try making quark at home.

Sarah Naveen 27/9/10 16:37

awesome clicks..looks so perfect and delicious..

Angie's Recipes 27/9/10 17:20

The substitute of rum...well, it depends on the recipe...normally I would use brandy instead, but whiskey might work too.

Anonymous 27/9/10 17:52

How beautiful! I bet this is so tasty!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 27/9/10 18:08

Great fall colors and flavors, Angie. I'd love a huge slice of this beauty.

Food For Tots 27/9/10 18:20

I have never tried pumpkin cheesecake before. Yours looks absolutely gorgeous! Love the addition of nuts. ;)

Gulmohar 27/9/10 19:28

That looks divine...absolutely !

Yummy Team 27/9/10 20:40

Gorgeous clicks!! I am sure it must have tasted heavenly..

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy 27/9/10 20:53

What on earth is quark cheese and where would I find it? I so want to make this so I will look!! Thanks!

Foodessa 27/9/10 22:53

Angie the pics look amazing as well as the dessert which I would have probably never thought of making. I do like the fact that you used quark cheese ;o)

Flavourful wishes,

blackbookkitchendiaries 27/9/10 23:06

you have a beautiful site. i am already in love with this cheesecake. it is just perfect! thank you for sharing this.

Vrinda 27/9/10 23:40

Delicious cake with full of flavors...must try

girlichef 28/9/10 01:47

Oh My Gosh Angie!! This looks creamy, amazing, perfect! Gorgeous fall cheesecake ;)

Anh 28/9/10 02:28

Great recipe! I love this fall flavour!

petite nyonya 28/9/10 03:33

the sound of pumpkin in cheesecake sounds simply good! the layer of topping on top makes this even more fabulous. you're such a star baker! i really admire how you keep up with such good baking & cooking so regularly.

☺lani☺ 28/9/10 05:38

Hmmm, a taste of fall! Looks really yum!

Angie's Recipes 28/9/10 06:12

@Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Quark is made by warming soured milk until the desired degree of denatured proteins and then strained. In short, is a soft and creamy fresh low-fat cheese (just 0.2%; but there is also creamier and richer version with cream added;) from central Europe. You might have to check health-stores in the states for them.

Hettar7 28/9/10 07:10

See, I don't like normal pumpkin pies. This is not normal though. And I say that in a good way. You go girl!

maameemoomoo 28/9/10 08:09

One of my new fav!! I baked something similar sometime back and i totally loveeeeee it!

But yours with praline?? Oh my oh myyyyyyyy... i wanna bake yours now!!!

Ps : i always have problem pressing the crust to the side. never turn out pretty... but yours looks good, Angie ;)

sweet artichoke 28/9/10 10:33

Waow! This is a beautiful cake that sounds delicious!
It is my first time on your blog and I will be back soon :-)

Sophie 28/9/10 11:47

Waw, Angie!! Your pumpkin cheesecake with the praliné looks just stunning,...really tasty food!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,..Now, I would like to savour 1 large piece, thank you!

pigpigscorner 28/9/10 12:39

I heard of quark too! The cheesecake sounds wonderful, not to mention healthier!

Joy 28/9/10 15:06

That looks so good. Walnut and pumpkin looks so good.

tigerfish 28/9/10 16:35

The texture is so similar to cheesecake!

Hearty Bakes 28/9/10 17:34

wow...love your pumpkin cheesecake, indeed set one into autumn scene. How nice with a slice of this heavenly cake under the autumn tree. You are always so creative with your bakes Angie!

Elisabeth 28/9/10 19:57

I love your pumpkin cheesecake recipe, and the beautiful photos! Your blog is absolutely divine! This message may be lost in the "shuffle" you have so many fans, and I have just became one of them!
Danke, und freut sich darauf, mehr von Ihren Posten zu sehen!

Magic of Spice 29/9/10 00:38

That is my idea of the perfect cheesecake...Wow, and gorgeous photos :)

A Thought For Food 29/9/10 05:09

GAH! This looks SO good and decadent! I'll take a slice... or the whole thing!

Anonymous 29/9/10 05:39

hi, Angie, my name is Betty.
I have sent a request to "contact Angie", but I think it doesn't work, so I write it again here. ^__^
I'm just learing to cook. I was amazed at your cooking blog.
I would like to know if I can copying some pics and textes from your blog.

thz for sharing your beautiful blog.

Angie's Recipes 29/9/10 09:32

Hallo Betty
Thanks for stopping by. I am glad to know that you enjoy my blog and recipes.
By "copying pix and texts", do you mean that you want share with your readers or?

Stella 29/9/10 15:09

Whoa, Angie! This looks utterly wonderful. Me wants a slice:)

grace 29/9/10 16:25

i've only recently come to fully appreciate pumpkin in desserts. this is a fine, FINE cheesecake, angie!

Heather 29/9/10 20:13

Holy crap! I really, really need some of this cheesecake.

Terrianne, Call me Ree 29/9/10 22:13

If your work was featured in a museum, I would take all my friends so they could see what an amazing food artist you are! This looks delicious. =)

Clare @ Mrs Multitasker 30/9/10 11:44

Oh my this looks wonderful! Yum! I love pumpkin and have been itching to make something pumpkin-y! So jealous that you got to it already! Well done!

A Canadian Foodie 30/9/10 16:11

I love anything pumpkin. The crust recipe sees odd, but the addition of praline here is brilliant - and very timely as Canadian Thanksgiving is next weekend!

Kumi 1/10/10 02:06

I love recipes with step-by-step photos! And the cheesecake looks AMAZING!!

sweetlife 1/10/10 13:14

pumpkin cheesecake oh I love it...perfect for a fall party


Reeni 2/10/10 15:35

This is just heavenly Angie! One of the most delicious cheesecakes I've ever seen! And I love that you put pralines right in it.

Chef E 5/10/10 00:38

Wow, I love pumpkin! so this will be made for the holiday...I am playing catch up on blog reading since I returned this weekend...looks like you have been wonderfully busy!

Bridgett 9/10/10 07:23

Now this must be divine. I can just imagine how decadent and fun this must have been. Great recipe.

delphcotecuisine 14/10/10 10:57

a yummy taste of fall! love it and your blog too
thanks for sharing
Bises from France

small business pos software 20/10/10 17:54

It is such a delicious cake recipe. I like cheese so much. I never eat cheese cake with pumpkin. I know pumpkin has so many health benefit. So this Pumpkin Walnut Praline Cheesecake is a delicious with healthy cake.

Foodafok 24/4/11 17:04

You're a professional. This cake look very tasty and beautiful!


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