Nothing says holiday to me like Pumpkin Pie. I’m not supposed to really have sugar in my diet but I’m willing to take a chance for Pumpkin Pie. Another great love of mine is Cheesecake. So imagine my joy when I came across this recipe:
Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup butter or margarine, melted
4 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Heat oven to 300°F. Grease 9-inch spring-form pan with shortening or cooking spray. Wrap foil around pan to catch drips.
In small bowl, mix cracker crumbs and butter. Press crumb mixture in bottom and 1 inch up side of pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 5 minutes.
In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed just until smooth and creamy; do not overbeat. On low speed, gradually beat in sugar. On low speed, beat in eggs, one at a time, just until blended. Spoon 3 cups of the cream cheese mixture into pan; spread evenly.
Stir pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg into remaining cream cheese mixture; mix with wire whisk until smooth. Spoon over mixture in pan.
Bake 1 hour 25 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until edges are set but center of cheesecake still jiggles slightly when moved.
Turn oven off; open oven door at least 4 inches. Leave cheesecake in oven 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven; place on cooling rack. (NOTE: I have found that if you don’t want the cheesecake to crack, leave it in the oven until the oven is completely cooled. The drastic temperature change is what makes it crack.)
Without releasing side of pan, run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Cool in pan on cooling rack 30 minutes. Cover loosely; refrigerate at least 6 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
Run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake again; carefully remove side of pan. Place cheesecake on serving plate. Store cheesecake covered in the refrigerator.
I would suggest making this wonderful dessert the day before. Top it with whipped cream and indulge.
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