Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake


Keri C

TVWBB Wizard
Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake

4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup crushed gingersnaps
1 tablespoon brown sugar or your favorite substitute
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup heavy cream, chilled
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed pumpkin
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
3/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup pecan halves

Preheat the oven to 325F or 300F in convection oven. To make the crust: Place the butter in a small saucepan and melt over moderate heat. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, gingersnaps, brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter and mix together with a fork. Line bottom and side of 10 inch springform pan with parchment or wax paper. Spray with nonstick pan spray. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom.

For filling: Pour the heavy cream into a medium bowl and beat just until soft peaks form. Refrigerate. Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add the sugar, beating well. Add the eggs one at a time and beat the mixture until it is fluffy and pale. Stir in the pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Remove the whipped cream from the refrigerator and whisk lightly to reblend. Using a spatula or flat spoon, fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese pumpkin mixture. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust. Wrap one continuous sheet of aluminum foil around the springform pan and press firmly. Put wrapped pan in a baking pan and fill with hot water halfway up the spring from pan. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes.

Cool the cheesecake to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours to chill thoroughly. Remove the sides of the springform pan. Just before serving, place the pecan halves on top of the cheesecake, in a ring around the edges, to garnish.
One of my favorites. Always gets raves.

Pumpkin cream cheese cake

• 3/4 cup flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
• 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup sugar
• 3 eggs, slightly beaten
• 2/3 cup solid packed pumpkin
• 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped (optional)

***Cream Cheese Filling:***
• 1 cup confectioners sugar
• 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
• 6 tablespoons butter
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat together filling ingredients until smooth; set aside
Grease a 15 X 10 X 1 jellyroll pan. Line with wax paper. Grease and flour wax paper. Sift dry ingredients. Beat eggs and sugar until thick and fluffy. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in dry ingredients. Pour into pan; sprinkle with nuts (optional). Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes until cake springs back to light touch. Loosen cake around edges with knife. Invert onto a damp, clean, kitchen towel, dusted with powdered sugar. Peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake & towel together. Place seam side down on wire rack. Cool completely. Then unroll cake, remove towel & spread with filling. Reroll cake. Wrap with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight. Slice and serve cold.