Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake

Simple and Elegant to serve at a dinner party - Pumpkin Cheesecake with Ginger Snap Crust. from #dietersdownfall.comDecadent Pumpkin Cheesecake – Day Two – Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake

Have you ever had a pumpkin cheesecake? The first time I had one was as a teenager and I thought my dad was crazy! I have since come to love them and I hope that you do too. This Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe was amazing! With the Moravian Cookie crust, the flavor was just wonderful! You could do graham cracker instead, but I think that the ginger snaps made it special.

Pumpkin Cheesecake - Simple, delicious, crowd pleaser! Make it for your Fall dinner party. from #dietersdownfall.comSo, you might be thinking that I was a bit crazy to snub my nose at my father when he offered me this pumpkin cheesecake.  Let me start off my saying that this was back in the 80’s and there were no Cheesecake Factory. I also grew up in Hawaii so there was no real fall season. Yes, it cooled off quite a bit December through February, but it wasn’t frigid. And the was no crazy blogging world that went bat-sh#t crazy for pumpkin everything.

This idea of pumpkin cheesecake was so foreign to me.  I mean, there was no way that strawberry puree was going to go with that! I can’t put fruit on it? It sounded strange. Why add a vegetable to a cheesecake for crying out loud!

I had seriously misunderstood!

A blank canvas to decorate. How would you top this Pumpkin Cheesecake with Ginger Snap Crust? from #dietersdownfall.comThe cinnamon and ginger spices are so wonderful together. They just about sang in my mouth! And if you’re wondering about what to add to the top, check out Friday’s post to see what I added! I went a bit beyond Cool Whip…  Enjoy!

Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Easy to make and delicious to eat! Make this Easy Pumpkin Dessert Cheesecake for your next dinner party!
Ingredients
For the Crust
  • 7 oz Ginger Snap Cookies
  • ⅓ C Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds)
  • 6 Tbsp melted butter
For the Filling
  • 1⅓ C sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg (fresh is better)
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 15 oz can Pumpkin puree
  • 3 8-oz packages cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Paste
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (fresh is best)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 C heavy cream
Instructions
For the Crust
  1. Preheat the oven to 325℉.
  2. Place the cookies and pepitas into a food processor and pulverize until it crumbles. Gradually add in the butter and pulse a few times to get all the crumbs coated and wet. Press into a 9 inch round springform pan. Bake for 15 minutes, remove, and let cool while preparing the filling.
For the Filling
  1. Whisk sugar, spices, and salt and set aside.
  2. Line a baking sheet with 5 layers of paper towels. Pour out the pumpkin puree and press 5 more paper towels over top. Press out the excess water from the can. No need to go crazy, just press until the towels are saturated. Throw away the top towels and flip the puree into a bowl, discarding the bottom towels. Add the vanilla and lemon juice to the bowl and set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese for 1 minute - it should be smooth with no visible lumps. Add in a third of the sugar mixture, mix and scrape the bow. Repeat for the remaining ⅔ of the sugar. Be sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to completely incorporate the sugar. Add in the pumpkin and beat for 1 minute. Gradually add in the eggs with the mixer on medium until all the eggs are mixed in. Reduce the speed to low and incorporate the cream.
  4. Cover the bottom on the springform pan with 2 layers of heavy foil and place it into a larger roasting pan. Pour the filling into the springform pan and smooth the top. Transfer the roasting pan with the cheesecake inside into the oven. Pour some water into the roasting pan so it comes about half way up the side of the springform pan.
  5. Bake for 75 - 90 minutes. The center should have some giggle to it and reach 150℉. Leave the cheesecake in the oven, with the door cracked, for an additional hour to cool, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling for another 3 hours. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  6. To remove from the pan, slide a knife around the edges then remove the ring. Work a metal spatula under to loosen it, then transfer to a large platter or cake stand. Let it sit for 30 minutes before serving.
Notes
Cheesecake Recipe adapted from Baking Illustrated

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