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GIVE EM PUMPKIN TO TALK ABOUT... PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE!

Have you found yourself lacking in Halloween spirit? It happens to the best of us!

October 21 is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day and who doesn't like an excuse to binge on sweets?  Get in the spooky spirit and whip up this delicious pumpkin cheesecake from Natasha's Kitchen.

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Crust:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 12 whole graham crackers)

6 Tbsp (3/4 stick) melted, unsalted butter

1 Tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling:

3 (8-ounces each) packages cream cheese, room temperature

1 1/2 cups (about 9 oz by weight) packed light brown sugar

15 oz canned pumpkin pie mix (use half of the 30 oz can)

4 large eggs

1/4 cup sour cream

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour *measured correctly

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or make your own)

1/4 tsp salt

1 Tbsp real vanilla extract

 

How to Make a Pie Crust:

Preheat Oven to 350˚F.

  1. Pulse graham crackers in food processor until fine crumbs form.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1 Tbsp sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 6 Tbsp melted butter. Transfer into a 9inch spring form pan with 3″ tall walls and use a large spoon to press crumbs into the bottom of your spring form pan, and going about 1/2″ up the sides of the pan. Bake at 350˚F for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temp.

 

How to make the Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling:

Preheat Oven to 350˚F.

  1. In the bowl of your mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the 3 packages of softened cream cheese and 1 1/2 cups brown sugar on med speed until light and fluffy and without lumps (5 min), scraping down the bowl once to make sure you don’t have chunks of cream cheese. Tip: brown sugar is considered “packed” when it holds it’s shape as it comes out of the measuring cup.

 

  1. In a separate bowl, using a whisk, stir together 15 oz pumpkin pie mix, 4 large eggs, 1/4 cup sour cream, 2 Tbsp flour, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 Tbsp vanilla extract. Mix until well combined. Add this mixture to the cheesecake filling and continue mixing on low speed just until well combined, scraping down the bowl as needed.

 

  1. Transfer filling into pre-baked crust and bake on the middle rack at 350˚F for 1 hour. Turn off heat, prop the oven door open slightly with a wooden spoon and let cheesecake sit in the oven another 45 min. Then remove from the oven and let cool to room temp before covering with plastic wrap and refrigerating. Serve when fully chilled (at least 4 hours in the refrigerator, or overnight).

 

  1. Before serving, carefully remove cheesecake from springform pan by running a blunt knife along the sides of the cheesecake to release from the springform mold. Add desired toppings and serve.

 

To Make the Whipped Cream:

Tip: Freeze mixing bowl for 10 minutes to get the best whipped cream results.

  1. In a cold mixing bowl, add 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream, 1 Tbsp sugar and 1/2 tsp rum or vanilla. Beat on high speed until fluffy and spreadable. Don’t over-beat or it will turn buttery. It only takes less than 2 min to make fresh whipped cream.

 

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