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I spent Thanksgiving in Austin, Texas at my cousin Rachel’s house, and had the pleasure of baking in a real kitchen. One with lots of counters, drawers, storage–things I don’t have in my tiny apartment kitchen. I made a delicious apple crumble pie, and this pumpkin cheesecake. The bottom layer is plain cheesecake, the top is pumpkin cheesecake.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you I hate pumpkin. I hate the texture, the smell, and especially the taste. I also hate cheesecake. But I love my family, so I made them a pumpkin cheesecake. And they loved it and gave it rave reviews. Yay!
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.
- Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.
- Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.
I made my own crust using the recipe on the box of graham cracker crumbs. It was delicious.
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