Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Holidays are Here Again!

Got a great holiday recipe? Post it in the comments and I'll move it up front!

Starting us off, by request. . .

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Serves 12 (people that won't eat cheesecake, or 6 who will. Sarah's editorial)

1 1/4 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs (crush about 20
cookies in a plastic bag with a rolling pin)
1/4 cup unsalted butter -- melted
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese -- softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 (16 ounce) can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
4 eggs
3/4 cup chilled whipping cream (need to whip it with
2 teaspoons sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the cookie crumbs and butter. Press
evenly on the bottom of a 9" spring form pan inches. Bake 10 minutes,
then let cool.

Reduce oven temp. to 300 degrees.

In another large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, the cinnamon and
ginger on medium speed until smooth. Add pumpkin puree. Now add in
the eggs, one at a time on low speed. Pour into the cookie crumb pie

Bake your cheesecake until center is firm, about 1 1/4 hours. Cool to
room temperature. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours. (but in
your case, you did it two days prior at least)

To loosen cheesecake from the sides of the pan, unbuckle the side and
carefully remove. Serve a dollop of whip cream on the cheesecake.

This recipe is to die for!