Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Throughout college, every year my roomies and I would through a Thanksgiving Potluck. And every year I would make individual pumpkin pie cheesecakes to go, for all the guests. This year I decided to go big for the famdamily. 

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup sugar, plus
1 tablespoon sugar
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • Make the crust by combining the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and 1 T sugar in a medium bowl.
  • Stir well enough to coat all of the crumbs with the butter, but not so much as to turn the mixture into paste.
  • Keep it crumbly.
  • Press the crumbs onto the bottom and about two-thirds of the way up the sides of the 8 inch springform pan.
  • You don't want the crust to form all of the way up the back of each slice of cheesecake.
  • Bake the crust for 5 minutes (longer will dry it out when you bake the entire cheesecake for an hour), then set aside until you are ready to fill it.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, 1 C sugar, and vanilla.
  • Mix with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add the pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and continue beating until smooth and
  • Pour the filling into the pan.
  • Bake for 60-70 minutes.The top will turn a bit darker at this point.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the cheesecake to cool.
  • When the cheesecake has come to room temperature, put it into the refrigerator, I like to cook it the night before and then let it chill until the next day.
  • When the cheesecake has chilled, remove the pan sides and cut the cake into equal
Serve with a generous portion of whipped cream on top.

Here are some photos from each year of the potluck... The first year I only have one of all the roomies... and for some reason I never took a photo of my individual cheesecakes, next time!




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