Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pumpkin Cheesecake

If you follow my blog than you know I love baking. I've never posted a cooking blog post though. One of my favorite things to eat especially during this time of year. I've been addicted to Pumpkin Cheesecake for a couple of years now. I'm going to share my favorite recipe with all of you. It's actually a Betty Crocker recipe. If you guys enjoy this type of post then leave me a comment. Also let me know if you make this.





This recipe takes about 20 min. prep time.  Total time is 8 hours and 45 min.  It serves 16.  If you prefer more of the pumpkin pie spice flavor, feel free to add more.  It really depends on what you like.  To make this for somebody who is diabetic use sugar substitute such as Splenda.

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 24 squares)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

Filling:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons brandy, if desired
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
4 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
5 eggs

Steps:
1.  Heat oven to 325°F. Grease 9-inch springform pan with shortening. In small bowl, mix cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and the melted butter. Press crumb mixture in bottom of pan. Wrap foil around outside of pan to prevent drips. Bake crust 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 5 minutes at room temperature. Refrigerate about 5 minutes or until completely cooled.

2.  Meanwhile, in another small bowl, mix flour, pumpkin pie spice, brandy and pumpkin; set aside. In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in brown sugar and 2/3 cup granulated sugar until smooth. On low speed, beat in 1 egg at a time just until blended. Gradually beat in pumpkin mixture until smooth.

3.  Pour filling over crust. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 25 minutes or until set but center of cheesecake still jiggles slightly when moved. Turn oven off; open oven door at least 4 inches. Let cheesecake remain in oven 30 minutes.

4.  Run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Cool in pan on wire rack 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight before serving.

5.  To serve, run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Carefully remove side of pan before cutting cheesecake. Store covered in refrigerator.

xo,
Jerica