I’ve been making what is now known as Kristina’s Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake for about 4 or 5 years now, and every Thanksgiving it is a staple at our dinner table.
BUT, this year I’ll be spending Turkey day with HB’s family out on his ranch in the Hill Country (yes, that’s still Texas).
So what to do?
Why, TWO PUMPKIN CHEESECAKES of course!!
The funny thing about blogging is, it makes you want to share everything. I have jealously guarded my secret recipe for years now (even family members are verboten) but thanks to blogging, that’s all out the window! The more the merrier! Enjoy!
No, seriously. Enjoy. It’s that good.
You’ll need 1 pound of cream cheese. Not low fat, not fat free, not whipped. Plain ol’ cream cheese. Don’t be put off by these photos – I doubled the recipe to make two, remember?
“It’s best with lots ‘o butter.” Anyone seen the movie Drop Dead Gorgeous? H-hello? Anyone? *tap tap* Is this thing on?
Oh, maybe it’s just me then.
Quite possibly one of the best Christmas presents ever, last year! It’s what makes this recipe work so well. Well, okay, it makes it work easier.
Here are the graham cracker crumbs mixed with cinnamon and sugar. Yum!
Pumpkin puree, waiting for its moment in the spotlight. 1 cup for 1 cake, 2 cups for 2 cakes!
2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks are all ya need. Egg yolks are pretty disgusting looking when you really look at them, aren’t they. Yeesh.
Secret blend of sugars and spices for the pumpkin cheesecake filling.
For the ingredients to this secret, see the bottom of this post.
Not such a secret.
Cream cheese has been creamed, and the secret yummy ingredients are being added, as well as the pumpkin puree.
Look at it go!
The oven has been preheated, and now it’s time to melt the butter, mix it in the graham cracker crust with a fork, pour it into the oiled springfrom pan, and press it along the bottom and sides with the bottom of a drinking glass.
And that’s just the crust!
(P.S. – the crust is the best part, say most of the people who eat this cake.)
Crust has been baked, filling has been poured into the mold, and now it’s into the oven with ye, ye scurvy rascal!!
Also in the oven: a little dish of hot water to moisten the air.
Lookin’ good pumpkin cheesecake. Have you been working out?
Place the cheesecake on a rack to cool, and stick a large bowl over it to help it cool down a little slower (we don’t want cracks in our lovely cake, do we?).
Let cool completely before sticking it in the refrigerator for 48 hours to chill out before serving.
Top it with Creme Fraiche or just some quickly whipped cream (with sugar of course) and you’re good to serve! I like to add pecans for a little something extra. :)
(Kristina’s) Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake
Crumb Crust (8 inch springform pan)
1 ½ cups fine graham cracker crumbs (or made from gingersnaps, or vanilla wafers)
6 tablespoons (¾ stick) melted butter, warm or cool
¼ c sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease or oil springform pan. Mix together all of the above ingredients until moistened. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan. Using your fingertips or the flat bottom of a drinking glass, firmly press the mixture over the bottom and half an inch up the sides of the springform pan (or any regular old pie pan). Bake until the crust is lightly browned and firm to the touch, 10 to 15 minutes. Do this just before you’re ready to pour the filling – the crust works better this way if it’s still hot when you bake the cake!
Have all ingredients at room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place a loaf or cake pan filled with hot water in the oven to moisten the air.
²/3 c. packed light or dark brown sugar
¾ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 tsp freshly grated or ground nutmeg
In a large bowl, beat just until smooth, 30 to 60 seconds:
1 lb (16 oz) cream cheese
Scrape the sides of the bowl and the beaters well. Gradually add the sugar mixture and beat until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
Beat in 1 at a time until blended, and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.
Add and beat in just until mixed:
1 cup pumpkin puree
Scrape the batter into the crust you’ve just baked and smooth the top. Set the pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F, reduce oven temperature to 325°F, and bake for 10 minutes longer, or until the edges of the cheesecake are puffed but the center still looks moist and jiggles a bit when the pan is tapped. Makes 1 cheesecake.
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