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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Get in my belly | Pumpkin Cheesecake with Maple Sour Cream Topping (and a giveaway!)

I love pumpkin cheesecake, but it's just too heavy to actually eat on Thanksgiving Day. I try to make it sometime in October or early November so I can still partake without feeling like I'm going to explode. (Read all the way to the bottom for the giveaway and share your favorite Thanksgiving dessert.)

I adapted this from Martha Stewart's pumpkin cheesecake recipe. Basically I took her recipe and crowned it with a thin layer of maple-laced sour cream to give the cheesecake an over-the-top flavor. So good. (Serves 12)

Martha's Note: To prevent the top from cracking, be careful not to overmix the batter, and do not open the oven door while the cake is baking or cooling inside the oven.

Ingredients

For the Crust

1 1/4 cups graham-cracker crumbs (from 10 whole crackers)
1/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
(To make the crumbs for the crust, pulse graham crackers in a food processor until finely ground. Or, if you prefer, substitute the same amount of packaged graham-cracker crumbs.) 

For the Filling


4 packages (8 ounces each) bar cream cheese, very soft
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons pumpkin-pie spice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, room temperature

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in center. Assemble a 9-inch nonstick springform pan, with the raised side of the bottom part facing up.

Make the crust: In a medium bowl, mix cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter until moistened; press firmly into bottom of pan. Bake until golden around edges, 10 to 12 minutes.

Make the filling: With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar on low speed until smooth; mix in flour (do not overmix). Add pumpkin puree, pie spice, vanilla, and salt; mix just until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until each is incorporated before adding the next.

Place springform pan on a rimmed baking sheet. Pour filling into springform, and gently smooth top.
Transfer to oven; reduce oven heat to 300 degrees. Bake 45 minutes. Turn off oven; let cheesecake stay in oven 2 hours more (without opening).

Remove from oven; cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours. Unmold before serving. Top with Maple Sour Cream topping and a sprinkle of crushed pecans.

Maple Sour Cream topping
1 cup whole milk fat sour cream
2 tablespoons real maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup crushed pecans (optional)

Giveaway! 


What's your favorite Thanksgiving dessert? Leave a comment and let me know (with a link if you've got it!). I'm giving away Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee! (Verismo or KCups too - whichever you prefer!) Winner announced 11/25!

47 comments:

  1. I love Pumpkin Cheesecake! My mom has a fabulous recipe! :)

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  2. Jessica Murphy7:10 PM

    Pecan pie! Yum!

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    1. I love Pecan too - especially chocolate.

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  3. That recipe sounds yummy! I haven't had pumpkin cheesecake in years. My fave Thanksgiving dessert is pecan pie.

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  4. That recipe sounds fantastic! My fave is Sweet Potatoe Casserole! but also Pumpkin pie!!!

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    1. I love sweet potatoes too. One of my other favorite desserts is a sweet potato poundcake with homemade dulce de leche sauce. Ohhhmmyyy!

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  5. My niece makes awesome Snickerdoodles! I don't like pie much, although I will probably eat a teensy slice of pumpkin to taste the allspice.

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  6. Pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnaps as the base...delish! Chocolate pecan pie is great too.

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  7. I LOVE apple pie. vera khule at gmail dot com

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  8. I love pumpkin pie.

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  9. Dayna6:37 PM

    Southern Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

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  10. Cherry pie that my grandma used to make!!!

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  11. I love apple pie!

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  12. Anonymous6:43 PM

    Pumpkin Pie!
    Carolyn Jefferson

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  13. Without a doubt Pumpkin Pie!

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  14. Favorite dessert is easy. Chocolate cream pie. No, sorry. Apple pie. No, sorry again, I think I'll stick with chocolate cream pie. Ohhhh, wait, is that lemon meringue over there???????

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    1. My daughter is a recent convert to pumpkin desserts. In the past we've always had to have an extra dessert for her - something chocolate. I am a big fan of chocolate cream pie too. (As well as apple and lemon meringue. Pie is wonderful.)

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  15. Pumpkin pie with whipped cream!

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  16. Banana (Nut) Bread, warm with a dollop of cream cheese frosting melting into the nooks of the bread. Omy goodness I can't wait to make this. Sorry, I don't have a link, this is a recipe I found in the newspaper (of all things) I just made it my own. Let me know and I'll send you the recipe, it's very easy and makes one large loaf.
    I'm not too hip about leaving my email on this message so I'll make it a point to check back and see if you want this. Have a lovely rest of the evening!

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  17. Pie! I say just pie because I am a huge sucker for any kind of pie. For Thanksgiving it's always Apple pie, Strawberry-Raspberry-Rhubarb pie, Pumpkin pie, and/or any sort of Chocolate Cream pie. But you leave any leftovers, and give it just a week, I'll finish it off myself cause pie just doesn't go to waste in my house. :)

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  18. Definitely pumpkin pie, although this year I'm trying out a gluten free pecan pie that I'm very hopeful about!

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  19. Apple cake with vanilla ice cream.

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  20. Anonymous10:06 PM

    I love pumpkin pie with a little whipped cream
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Merry

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  21. Hi for Thanksgiving desert I am a traditionalist. I enjoy a Sweet Potato Pie, no topping, but made with a little Lemon Juice. Superb

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  22. Anonymous3:00 AM

    Red velvet cake

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  23. My sister's coconut cream pie! It is the best

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    1. LOVE CCP. One of my favorites.

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  24. Sherry Russell4:02 AM

    pumpkin pie is top of the list!

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  25. Pumpkin pie (not a watery, "fluffy" pie, but a good dense, rich pie) or either a delectable pecan pie.

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  26. Pumpkin pie is my favorite, but not just any kind. I like the pie that my Mom used to make with fresh cooked pumpkins.

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  27. Anonymous5:33 AM

    Cherry Cheesecake! - vdurnell@hotmail.com

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  28. jackie anderson morris6:35 AM

    pecan pie with whipped cream!! morris.jackie49@yahoo.com -thanks hope to win!

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  29. I always want a plateful of Stove Top stuffing. Yes. The horribly not homemade, from a box stuffing. Followed up by pecan pie. :) YUM. OH yum. great. now I'm famished. LOL jaimewrightbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. My Nanny's pecan pie!

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  31. Has to be home made pumpkin pie and pumpkin whoopee pies
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  32. Thanks all so much for sharing your dessert joy with me! So far it looks like pumpkin and pecan pie are winning ... still a few days left.

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  33. Apple pie, love it. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. Pumpkin Pie - Thanksgiving dinner would be missing something without it :)
    jking23(at)kent(dot)edu

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  35. Roanna6:01 PM

    Pumpkin and pecan pie. I like them both.

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  36. Kentuky Derby Pie - chocolate chips in my pecan pie...yum!

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  37. Pudy68 is the winner! Email me at amyalathrop {at} gmail {dot} com! Congrats.

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