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Prep 40 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins
This is the best pumpkin cheesecake I have ever had. The bourbon can be substituted for vanilla. Takes a little work but you can make it ahead so that you don't have to worry about it on Thanksgiving. A Must Try!!!!!!
- 1 1⁄2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄3 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1⁄2 cup sour cream
- 1 1⁄2 cups canned pure pumpkin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons Bourbon or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray bottom of 9-inch spring form pan with non-stick cooking spray (do not spray sides).
- Wrap outside of pan with heavy duty aluminum foil.
- In medium bowl stir together graham cracker, 1/4 cup sugar, orange peel and 1 teaspoon nutmeg.
- Add 1/3 cup melted butter; stir until crumbs are well moistened.
- Press mixture evenly over bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of spring form pan.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- In large bowl beat cream cheese at medium-low speed until smooth.
- Beat in 1 cup sugar until smooth.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating just until combined.
- Beat in sour cream, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, salt and nutmeg.
- (Do not overbeat) Pour into spring form pan.
- Place spring form pan in large shallow roasting pan or broiler pan.
- Fill roasting pan with enough water to come to 1/2 inch up sides of spring form pan.
- Bake 65 minutes or until edges are puffed and top looks dull and is dry to touch.
- Center should be less set than edges and will move when pan is tapped.
- It should ripple as if liquid.
- Remove from oven; remove from water bath.
- Cool completely on wire rack.
- Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
- To make sauce, melt 1/2 cup butter in medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Whisk in brown sugar until mixture is smooth.
- Whisk in cream and bourbon; bring to a boil.
- Pour into medium bowl; cool completely.
- Serve with cheesecake.
- Refrigerate leftovers.
This cheesecake is sooooo good. I took it to work and evryone raved about it. I made mine a light version substituting Splenda for the sugar and I used light cream cheese instead of regular. I also added 1/2 chopped pecans to the crust. It came out great.