Sweet Potato Cheesecake w/a Gingersnap Crust

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Carolyn Elliott

By
@Carolyn4JESUS

Sweet Potato Cheesecake w/a Gingersnap Crust has been a signature dessert of Carolyn Elliott's since 1999 as she is a connoisseur of baked cheesecake recipes.

"I began baking New York Cheesecakes in the 80's. My favorite flavor though, was of the Sweet Potato Pie. I looked on the Internet one day and found a Sweet Potato Cheesecake recipe with a Ginger Snap crust. I baked it but couldn't wait to share it with my neighbor a couple doors down. It was slightly warm by then, and I decided to slice it up, anyway. Oh, my my my! It was smooth and tasty. A HIT! It's been my signature recipe for going on 10 years, now. Enjoy as our membership church has, many times."

~Carolyn

Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
Comments:
Serves:
16
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
1 Hr 20 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

CRUST (RESERVE 2 TABLESPOONS FOR TOPPING)

2 c
gingersnap crumbs (i use a mini food processor. alternative: graham crackers w/spices & sugar)
3 Tbsp
butter, melted (or margarine) adjust accordingly

ALTERNATIVE CRUST (RESERVE 2 TABLESPOONS FOR TOPPING)

1 2/3 c
graham crackers crumbs (fine)
1/3 c
white granulated sugar
1 tsp
ground ginger
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp
ground cloves

FILLING

24 oz
3-8 oz packages, cream cheese, softened
1/2 c
butter, softened (or margarine)
1 1/3 c
white granulated sugar
2 c
cooked and mashed sweet potatoes (fresh or canned)
3/4 Tbsp
ground nutmeg (adjust to your taste)
3/4 Tbsp
ground cinnamon (adjust to your taste)
3 Tbsp
maple extract (adjust to your taste) *alternative flavorings
1 Tbsp
pure vanilla extract (or imitation)
4
whole eggs, large (best is @room temperature)

TOPPING (AFTER BAKED)

8 oz
dairy sour cream
1 tsp
maple extractmaple extract *alternative flavorings
3 Tbsp
white granulated sugar
2 Tbsp
sprinkle w/reserved gingersnap crumbs

*ALTERNATIVE FLAVORINGS

3 Tbsp
bourbon (original recipe)
3 Tbsp
rum extract

YIELD

extra batter may be used to fill custard cups for individual servings

Step-By-Step

1In a large bowl, combine the crust ingredients and stir to mix well.
2Press crumb crust into bottom and 1 inch up sides of a buttered 10 1/2-inch spring form pan.
3Bake crust in a 350 degree oven, 8-10 minutes until just starting to deepen in color. Remove from oven and set aside.
4In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and butter; beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
5Beat in sugar, scraping bowl occasionally. Add mashed sweet potatoes; beat to combine.
6Add nutmeg and cinnamon. Add flavoring of your choice and vanilla. Mix until thoroughly combined and smooth.
7Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing just until combined after each.
8Pour batter into prepared crust to approximately 1 - 1 1/2" before you reach the top of the pan. Extra batter can be used to make an additional smaller-sized cheesecake or individual custard cups can be used with the crust being 1 gingersnap cookie or cupcake pans with paper.
9Bake in a 350 degree oven 20 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees and continue baking 35 minutes more.
10Reduce oven temperature again to 250 degrees and continue baking 20-30 minutes more until cheesecake is set around the edges and barely juggles at the center. Use a timer or the timer on your stove works great!
11Remove cheesecake from the oven and increase oven temperature to 350 degrees.
12Meanwhile, for topping whisk together the sour cream, sugar, and flavoring.
13Carefully spread topping evenly over cheesecake. Sprinkle with additional crumbs, if desired. Bake for 5 additional minutes to just set the topping.
14Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes. Run a thin-bladed knife around the edge of the pan and allow to cool completely.
15Chill several hours. I don't cover at this point, because the condensation on plastic wrap or an inverted plate, will drip onto the topping.
16Remove from pan and plate. Run long knife in between spring form pan bottom and cake and slide back onto plate.
17To pre-slice: Heat long knife in hot tap water, cut into +, then wipe blade and heat again and cut into eighths, then wipe blade and heat again and cut into sixteenths. Serves 16 slices. Reduce number of cuts for larger slices.
18Cover and refrigerate until time to serve.

About Sweet Potato Cheesecake w/a Gingersnap Crust

Course/Dish: Potatoes, Cakes, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom