Pumpkin Cheesecake Using Graham Cracker Crumbs

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Feb. 17, 2011

Ingredients

Graham cracker crumbs 5 Ounce (1 1/2 cups / 155 gram)
Sugar 9 1/2 Ounce (3 tablespoons plus 1 cup / 8 ounce / 250 gram)
Ground ginger 1 Teaspoon
Unsalted butter 3 Ounce , melted (6 tablespoon / 90 gram)
Cream cheese 1 1/2 Pound (750 gram, at room temperature)
Pumpkin puree 1 Pound (1 3/4 cups / 500 gram, pumpkin puree, at room temperature)
Finely grated orange zest 1 Teaspoon
Ground cinnamon 1 Tablespoon
Ground cloves 1/2 Teaspoon
Ground nutmeg 1/2 Teaspoon
Eggs 6 , lightly beaten

Directions

Preheat an oven to 325°F (165°C).

Position a rack in the middle of the oven.

Cover the outside (bottom and sides) of a 9-inch (23-cm) springform pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, shiny side out.

Butter the inside of the pan and set aside.

In a bowl stir together the cracker crumbs, the 3 tablespoons sugar and the ginger.

Stir and toss while gradually adding the melted butter.

Continue to stir and toss until well mixed.

Press the crumb mixture evenly over the inside of the pan to reach 1 3/4-2 inches (about 5 cm) up the sides.

Chill for 30 minutes.

Place the cream cheese in a large bowl.

Using an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.

Slowly add the 1 cup (8 oz / 250 g) sugar while continuously beating; occasionally scrape down the bowl sides.

Add the pumpkin, orange zest, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg and beat until smooth.

Add the eggs, a little at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the bowl sides.

Using a rubber spatula stir slowly to dispel some of the bubbles.

Pour the batter in the prepared pan and smooth the surface.

Bake until the top is lightly puffed all over, 60-70 minutes.

The center may be slightly underset; it will firm up during cooling.

Cool on a wire rack, then remove the foil and pan sides and refrigerate overnight.

Before serving, you may want to carefully slip the chilled cake onto a large, flat serving plate if you have one.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 4783Calories from Fat 2979

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 338 g520%

Saturated Fat 185 g925%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol

Sodium 2835 mg118.13%

Total Carbohydrates 382 g127.3%

Dietary Fiber 23 g92%

Sugars 317 g

Protein 87 g174%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet