I’m sad to put aside the berries of summer, but what could be better than pumpkin in the fall! Apples and pumpkin are definitely my two favorite fall flavor profiles. Since my mom tends to own the apple pie concept in my family, so I’m more likely to go the pumpkin direction when I bake in the fall.
I was recently invited to a dinner party and I, of course, offered to bring dessert. Initially I actually wanted to make a berry crumble, but I thought to myself: get over it Sadie the berry season is over this year (*tear*). Then I reconsidered and thought I might as well get on the pumpkin train so I could start practicing potential recipes for Thanksgiving. It was a good choice.
I decided to try out a pumpkin spice cheesecake, and I have these awesome Temptations individual ramekins, so it turned into individual pumpkin cheesecakes. Sometimes cheesecake is really dense but this one was nicely and fluffy, it’s a really good version.
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
Yields one 9 inch cake (even though I made individual portions)
- 1 1/3 cups (10 1/3 oz.) sugar
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. ground ginger
- ¼ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. ground cloves
- ¼ tsp. ground allspice
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
- 3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 5 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 stick melted salted butter
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- splash vanilla extract
- sugar to taste
- pecan halves
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Combine crust ingredients so they are well mixed. Pat crust into bottom on 9 inch spring form pan that has been greased. Bake crust for 15 minutes and set aside to cool.
- Combine dry ingredients: sugar, spices, and salt. Set aside. Heat some water up in a tea kettle for later.
- Using an electric mixer beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Add in pumpkin puree and vanilla, mix. Add in 3 eggs, mix, then 2 eggs, mix. Finally add heavy cream and mix. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl between additions, so it is well mixed.
- Add one third of the dry ingredients add at a time, mixing between additions.
- Place the spring form pan with the crust in the middle of a cookie sheet. Pour the batter into the pan and place in the oven. Pour the hot water from the tea kettle into the cookie sheet (not in the cake). The water bath will help the baking process.
- Bake at 325 for 90 minutes (adjust baking time if you use a different size pan).
- Allow to cool for a couple hours before refrigerating.
- For garnish I whipped up some heavy cream with my electric mixer, and I added in some vanilla and sugar. Then I used the pecan halves to decorate.