Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Unfortunately this year I won't be able to spend Thanksgiving with my family. A horrible phenonmena called BLACK FRIDAY exists and those working in retail know all too well how hectic life can get on that day. My boss has the whole crew scheduled to work that day, with no chance of having it off. Because of that, I am not able to go with my family to Southern California to visit more family and celebrate the day of thanks. So I went home this weekend and we did a pre-Thanksgiving together. I'm going to be so sick of turkey next week.

Anyway, I really hate pumpkin pie, so I decided to take charge of dessert and made a pumpkin cheesecake. It was so delicious, so filling, so rich.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
1 1/2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
3/4 cup ground hazelnuts
3 tablespoons brown sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups canned solid pack pumpkin (I used fresh)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
4 eggs
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch springform pan.
2. Using a fork, combine gingersnaps, hazelnuts, 3 tablespoons brown sugar and melted butter. Press mixture onto the bottom and two inches up the sides of the pan to form the crust.
3. With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the pumpkin. Mix in the cream, cinnamon, allspice and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing until smooth.
4. Pour batter into prepared crust. Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes, or until center of cheesecake is set. Allow to cool in pan for 30 minutes, then refrigerate overnight.


dfd said...

Whoo hoo black friday. Sorry you have to work but I love hitting up sales to see what I can find. It's like hitting up a garage sale of new stuff only. I will try your pumpkin cheesecake recipe because I love cheesecake. I have one as well on which I think is delicious.

Anonymous said...

cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts ever, and i bet this pumpkin one is absolutely amazing :) i've got to add it to my list of recipes to try!

Ingrid said...

Sorry about not being with your family on our day of thanks. The upside is that you were still able to spend time with your family the week before. There are many people who won't get that. Maybe next year?

LOL! I thought that was funny that you made what you like instead of what everyone else would expect. I do the same thing. If I'm gonna make it, it's going to be my way, the way I like it! Ha!

Happy Thanksgiving!