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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pumpkin Cheesecake

This is another great make ahead recipe for Thanksgiving. In fact, I think most cheesecakes taste better after getting really cold in the fridge. If you want to change up the traditional pumpkin pie, this is a great way to do it while still keeping some pumpkin flavor. Even a lot of people that don't like pumpkin pie, like this cheesecake. This one is really good! For a yummy change of flavor you can use gingersnap cookies in place of the graham crackers for the crust.

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Martha Stewart


1 1/4 cups graham-cracker crumbs (from 10 whole crackers)
1/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

4 packages (8 ounces each) bar cream cheese, very soft
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons pumpkin-pie spice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in center. Assemble a 9-inch nonstick springform pan, with the raised side of the bottom part facing up.
Make the crust: In a medium bowl, mix cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter until moistened; press firmly into bottom of pan. Bake until golden around edges, 10 to 12 minutes.
Make the filling: With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar on low speed until smooth; mix in flour (do not overmix). Add pumpkin puree, pie spice, vanilla, and salt; mix just until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until each is incorporated before adding the next.
Place springform pan on a rimmed baking sheet. Pour filling into springform, and gently smooth top. Transfer to oven; reduce oven heat to 300 degrees. Bake 45 minutes. Turn off oven; let cheesecake stay in oven 2 hours more (without opening).
Remove from oven; cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours. Unmold before serving. Serves 12.

*Tips and Tricks- A few things that are important when making cheesecake:

1-Let the cream cheese get really soft. If not, you'll have lumps that won't go away.

2- Be careful not to overmix the cream cheese once you add the flour. This will cause cracking.

3-Don't open oven while cooking or cooling.

Happy Baking!

Posted by: Sallie

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The Double Dipped Life said...

Thanks for those great tips at the end. I made Paula Deen's version of pumpkin cheesecake and it had both lumps and cracks! It tasted heavenly though!

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