Monday, October 12, 2009

Pumpkin Cheesecake

The abundance of pumpkins from across the country has to be one of the best aspects of fall. I am delightfully amazed at the varieties that sprout up every season. I recently found some wonderful varieties at my local Walmart, of all places.....not fond of that store at all. Anyway, the pumpkins and gourds came from Frey Farms located in Illinois. This is a huge outfit and one of the largest producing pumpkin farms in the country.
Having just arrived home from another motorcycling adventure with Big Al, I searched and found Central Market in Ft. Worth. They had a beautiful display of fall gourds and vegetables. As I rode the highway home towards Florida (1200 miles) on my little Honda, all I could think about was what I was going to make with the canned pumpkin that I made last November. It was time to pop the lid!


1 lb. of cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup of light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/4 cup of pumpkin
3 large eggs
1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 t.vanilla
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. ground ginger
1 t. ground cinnamon

Gingersnap Crust
5 T. melted unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup of crushed gingersnaps
3 T. sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the crushed gingersnaps, butter, sugar and pat the mixture into a 9 inch spring form pan. Pat the mixture up the sides of the pan about one inch.. Bake until lightly darkened, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
In a large bowl, mix the cheese and brown sugar until creamy. Add the pumpkin and eggs and beat until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat until smooth. Pour into the crust- lined pan. Bake for 45 minutes or longer or until firm. Refrigerate until chilled and serve.


T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Tall, beautiful and mouthwatering!

Nina Timm said...

I have never tried a pumpkin cheesecake before, but yours look so creamy and delicious that I am convinced!!!

K and S said...

mmm this reminds me of holiday parties!

Penny said...

I will bookmark this for Thanksgiving. It sounds wonderful. Maybe I need my own motorcycle. I'm tired of riding behind.