#1 Pumpkin Cheesecake

#1 Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Kirsten Bergren

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This cheesecake comes out looking perfect with no cracks on the surface. Plus, it's the best tasting cheesecake I've ever made!

You'll want to make this cheesecake the day/night before you are going to serve it.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
12
Prep:
1 Hr
Cook:
2 Hr 45 Min

Ingredients

  • 12 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 c
    graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 3/4 c
    sugar, divided
  • ·
    salt
  • 2 lb
    cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 c
    sour cream
  • 1-15 oz. can(s)
    pure pumpkin
  • 6 large
    eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 2 c
    sweetened whipped cream
  • 1/3 c
    toasted pecans, roughly chopped

How to Make #1 Pumpkin Cheesecake

Step-by-Step

  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush a 10-inch springform pan with some of the butter. Stir the remaining butter with the crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the pan, packing it tightly and evenly. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on a rack, then wrap the outside of the springform pan with 2 to 3 layers of extra wide heavy duty foil and place in a roasting pan.
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese with a mixer until smooth. Add the remaining 2 1/2 cups sugar and beat until just light, scraping down the sides of the bowl and beaters as needed. Beat in the sour cream, then add the pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, 1 tsp. salt and the spices and beat until just combined. Pour into the cooled crust.
  3. Gently place the roasting pan in the oven (don't pull the rack out) and pour the boiling water into the roasting pan until it comes about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Bake until the outside on the cheesecake sets but the center is still loose, about 1 hour 45 minutes. Turn off the oven and open the door briefly to let out some heat. Leave the cheesecake in the oven 1 more hour, then carefully remove from the roasting pan and cool on a rack. Run a knife around the edges, cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Bring the cheesecake to room temperature 30 minutes before serving. Unlock and remove the springform ring. To finish, place a dollop of the whipped cream on each slice and sprinkle with the toasted pecans.

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Course/Dish: Cakes
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