PUMPKIN GINGER CHEESECAKE

 

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Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup crushed gingersnaps
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 3 (8oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed pumpkin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 3/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup pecan halves

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  • 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" springform pan with parchment or wax paper.
  • Spray with nonstick pan spray.
  • Press the crumb mixture into the bottom.
  • Filling:
  • Pour the heavy cream into a medium bowl and beat just until soft peaks form.
  • Refrigerate.
  • Beat the cream cheese (in 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 60-70 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.

Notes

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