I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie. I don’t dislike pumpkin, I just don’t really like pumpkin pie. A bite, yes. A whole piece…bor-ing. Now cheesecake, I love. That’s a dessert! But at the holidays, I'm not one to break too far from tradition. That is why I recognize the time-honored partnership of pumpkin dessert and Thanksgiving by serving this Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake. In it’s 5th year on my Thanksgiving dessert table, it’s still a favorite.
This year I used the food processor to make the whole cheesecake, starting with the crust. I began by crushing 2 cups of gingersnaps. This food processor thing was way easier than hammering away at bagged gingersnaps with my meat mallet.
Then I chopped ½ cup of pecans
Then I added 6 tablespoons of butter and gave that a whirl.
Then I pressed the crust mixture into the bottom and about 1 inch up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan.
Next I beat the cream cheese and part of the sugar
Then added the eggs, one at a time.
And the vanilla.
Reserve 1 ½ cup of the “plain” mixture
Now add an additional ¼ cup of sugar, the pumpkin, and the spices to the remaining cream cheese mixture
Beginning with the pumpkin mixture, pour ½ onto the gingersnap crust.
Now top with ½ of the plain. Repeat the layers.
Cut through several times with a knife for the swirling effect.
Bake at 300 degrees for 55 minutes or until center is set. Refrigerate for at least 4hours or overnight.
Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
2 cups crushed gingersnaps
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
6 tablespoons melted butter
Stir together and press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring-form pan.
3 pkgs. cream cheese
1 cup sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
dash ground cloves
Beat cream cheese, 3/4 cup of sugar, and vanilla until combined. Add eggs one at a time. Mix on low until just blended. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the plain batter. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, pumpkin, and spices into the remaining batter. Spoon 1/2 pumpkin batter over the crust. Top with plain batter. Repeat pumpkin layer. Cut through several times with a knife. Bake at 300 degress for 55 minutes. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.