Thursday, October 15, 2009

F2: Friday's Feast, Recipe Swap

I love autumn. I love the weather, I love the colors. I love Halloween and Thanksgiving. I love cinnamon and nutmeg and all of those warm spicy scents and flavors. And I love pumpkin! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin ice cream (I recently had a pumpkin malt to die for at a local ice cream shop), pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, pumpkin pasta (sounds weird, I know, but I once had an amazing pasta dish with a pumpkin cream sauce at a place called Café Aroma we used to frequent back in Cali), pumpkin roll, pumpkin Peeps (which, I grant, taste just like every other Peep), pumpkin bisque, and pumpkin cheesecake.

CaJoh is doing a recipe swap for his Friday Feast feature today, so head on over here for more great culinary contributions. Being the time of year it is, I decided to submit my new favorite Thanksgiving dessert, Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake. I nabbed this recipe off of two years back. It was originally printed by Bon Appétit in October 2002. It is the best served with freshly whipped cream. I've thought about replacing the graham crackers in the crust with ginger snaps. I'd make the swap ounce for ounce. It makes one tall, rich, 10" cake.

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake
Makes 12-16 servings

9 whole graham crackers (about 4 oz.), broken
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 c. butter, melted

4 8-oz. pkgs cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 large eggs
1 15-oz. can pure pumpkin
1 c. whipping cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350. Wrap a double layer of heavy duty foil around outside of 10" springform pan. Combine crackers, sugar and cinnamon in food processor. Blend until crackers are finely ground, drizzle in butter, and pulse until crumbs begin to stick together. (Alternately, crush the crumbs in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, and mix together with remaining ingredients with fork.) Press mixture into bottom (not sides) of springform pan. Bake until crust is slightly golden, about 10 minutes. Remove to cooling rack but maintain oven temp while preparing filling.

Cream cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add pumpkin and remaining 7 ingredients. Beat until just blended. Pour into prepared crust. Place pan in large roasting pan. add enough water to some halfway up sides of springform pan. Bake until slightly puffy and softly set and top is golden, about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer springform pan to cooling rack and cool. Cover and refrigerate cake overnight.

I guess I need to admit here to being at times a poor reader of directions, and I do not believe I have ever put the cake pan in a pan of water. And my cakes have always turned out great. Maybe I'll try the water bath this year, and see if I can tell a difference.

Well, I wish I had a great photo of this to share, but I haven't taken pics before, and there's no way I will make one of these just for that purpose. Because then I'd eat it.

8 fishy comments:

CaJoh said...

Thank you for your contribution to Friday's feast. A quite appropriate recipe for this time of year.

I admit I don't follow directions either and would have missed that one too. Let us know how it turns out with the pan bath.

Lara said...

Oh my gosh. This looks amazing! I can't wait to make it. Or have my husband make it, more accurately.

rachel said...

Pumpkin pasta?? That actually sounds really good. The recipe looks amazing!

Kristina P. said...

Pumpkin cheesecake is one of my favorite things!

2busy said...

Thank you for pointing out all the yummy reasons to love fall. I think I gained weight just reading your post. And, now I have a suprising craving for pumpkin bread.

Loralee and the gang... said...

I would love to make this, but I know I'd gain another 10 pounds from it. Sounds Yummy!

clan of the cave hair said...

I hear my mom's is to die for too...may even be the same recipe. Ok, I'm kind of dying to have some RIGHT NOW...I did have a pumpkin shake for breakfast yesterday morning. I figured breakfast was as good a time of day as any to have the little bit o' decadence.

ramsam said...

Oh my gosh, that sounds soo good.
I am not in the mood to make it,
but I am in the mood to eat it.

Anyone want to share?