Pumpkin Cheesecake was my endeavor for today and I am proud to say that it went really well! This is the first cheesecake that I've made that didn't sink or crack. I am so impressed that I had to share it with all of you! I took a recipe from a book I had and modified it a bit to fit what I had in my pantry! So the recipe below is my altered version!
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
32 gingersnap cookies, coarsely crushed
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
6 tablespoons of melted butter
3 packages of cream cheese softened
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups of canned or fresh pumpkin
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup of pancake or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
4 eggs lightly beaten
1. Place a greased 9 inch springform pan on a double thickness of aluminum foil; securely wrap foil around pan. Place walnuts and gingersnaps in the food processor; cover and process until ground. Add the brown sugar and butter; cover and pulse until blended. Press onto the bottom and 2 inches up the sides of the prepared pan.
2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the pumpkin, cream, syrup, almond extract and spices. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 inch of water to larger pan.
3. Bake at 325 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until center is just set. Remove pan from water bath. Cool on wire wrack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Chill overnight.
4. EAT and ENJOY!!! (Serve with whipped cream)
I am so excited about eating this and don't think I will be able to wait the "overnight" it calls for!!! My crust is not so superb looking but this might have something to do with the fact that I do not have a food processor and I used my blender...which wouldn't be so bad but I do believe my blender was very angry with me and it didn't get it as smooth as it should! Oh well! I can't wait to cut into this beauty!!! Hope everyone has a great night and wonderful weekend!!! It should be glorious!!!