Rich cheesecake has the spiced flavor of pumpkin pie swirled throughout, and it could not be easier to make. Use fresh mashed pumpkin or canned pumpkin.
- For the Crust:
- 2 cups gingersnaps (finely crushed)
- 1/2 cup pecans (finely chopped)
- 6 tablespoons butter (or margarine, 3/4 of a stick, melted)
- For the Filling:
- 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese (softened)
- 1 cup sugar (divided use)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs (at room temperature)
- 1 cup pumpkin (canned, not pumpkin pie mix,
- or 1 cup cooked mashed pumpkin)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (ground)
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves (ground)
- Preheat oven to 325 F (300 F for a dark springform pan) and position the oven rack in the center of the oven.
- For the Crust (see Notes below for optional pie crust): Mix gingersnap crumbs, pecans, and butter; press onto bottom and 2 inches up the side of 9-inch springform pan.
- For the Cheesecake Filling: Using an electric mixer on medium speed, combine cream cheese, 3/4 cup of the sugar, and the vanilla until well blended.
- On low speed, add eggs one at a time, mixing each time just until blended. Remove 1 1/2 cups of the plain batter and set aside.
- To the remaining plain batter, add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Using a large spoon, stir to combine.
- Pour 1/2 of the pumpkin batter over the crust in a springform pan. Spoon 1/2 of plain batter over pumpkin layer.
- Repeat until all batter is used. Using a long butter knife, gently swirl through all layers of cheesecake batter without disturbing the crust to achieve a marbled effect.
- Bake for 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Do not overbake. Use a thin knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the crust. Cool completely on wire rack.
- Remove outer pan and refrigerate at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, before serving.
Notes for Optional Pie Crust: If you do not want to bother with a springform pan, purchase or make two small or one 10-inch oversize graham cracker or gingersnap pie crust shells. Skip the crust part of the recipe above and proceed to the fillings. Divide both fillings equally between the small pie crust shells or use same instructions for large crust and swirl. Bake at 325 F for about 40 minutes for the small crusts and 45 to 50 minutes for the large.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||31 g|
|Saturated Fat||16 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||9 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|