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Cook1 hr 30 mins
A creamy pumpkin cheesecake topped with whipped cream, pecan halves, and caramel sauce. A hint of brandy enhances the flavors of the pumpkin and spices. Using gingersnap cookie crumbs further enhances the flavor of the dessert.
- 1 3⁄4 cups graham cracker crumbs or 1 3⁄4 cups gingersnap crumbs
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tablespoons brandy
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
- 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2⁄3 cup sugar
- 5 eggs
- 8 ounces heavy whipping cream, whipped and sweetened with 2-3 tablespoons sugar
- 16 pecan halves
- 1⁄4 cup caramel ice cream topping
- Preheat the oven to 325°F if using a silver 9-inch springform pan, or 300°F for a dark pan. Grease the pan with shortening and wrap bottom with foil to prevent leakage. Place a pan of hot water on the bottom shelf of the oven.
- Prepare the crust. In a small bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons of sugar and the melted butter. Press the crumb mixture in the bottom of the pan. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. Cool completely at room temperature.
- Prepare the filling. In a small bowl, mix flour, pumpkin pie spice, brandy and pumpkin; then set aside. In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in the brown sugar and 2/3 cup of white sugar until smooth.
- Gradually beat in pumpkin mixture until smooth. On low speed, beat in 1 egg at a time just until blended.
- Pour filling into pan and bake 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes. The cake is done when a small circle about 3 inches wide in the middle of the cheesecake wiggles when the pan is tapped with a wooden spoon.
- Turn oven completely off and allow the cheesecake to cool gradually for 1 hour. Remove the cake from the oven, and using a knife, move between the cheesecake and the pan sides to loosen the cheesecake. Allow to cool at room temperature on a rack for an additional 30 minutes. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight before serving.
- To serve, again move along the inside of the pan sides with a knife, and then carefully remove the side. Top with whipped cream, pecan halves, and drizzle with caramel sauce. Cut into 16 slices. Store covered in refrigerator.