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Pumpkin-Gingersnap Cheesecake

November 2011
Pumpkin-Gingersnap Cheesecake

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Makes: 10 servings

Prep: 25 mins

Bake: 3 hrs 45 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cups gingersnap crumbs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 packages  ( 8 oz. each) cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
Directions
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees . Grease an 8-inch springform pan. In a medium bowl, stir together the gingersnap crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and the butter. Press the mixture over the bottom and about 1 inch up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake the crust until set, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees .
  2. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and remaining 3/4 cup sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the pumpkin puree, sour cream, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice; beat until combined. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and beat on low speed until just combined.
  3. Place the springform pan on a baking sheet and pour the filling into the shell. Bake for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 250 degrees and bake for 1 hour longer. Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the oven with the door ajar for 2 1/2 hours. Transfer to a rack and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate uncovered until thoroughly chilled, at least 10 hours or up to 2 days.
  4. Remove the side of the pan and let sit at room temperature for an hour. To serve, cut the cheesecake into wedges with a sharp knife thats been dipped in hot water and wiped clean after each cut. Serve the cheesecake slightly chilled or at room temperature.