How To Make Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust and Caramel Sauce
Skip the pie this Thanksgiving and serve up this pumpkin cheesecake. It has a gingersnap crust and is served with a rich caramel sauce.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F degrees and set a rack in the lower middle position. Wrap a 9- or 10-inch springform pan with with one large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, covering the underside and extending all the way to the top so there are no seams on the bottom or sides of the pan.
Repeat with another sheet of foil for insurance. Spray the inside of the pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pulse the gingersnaps, sugar, and melted butter in a food processor fitted with the metal blade until finely ground.
Transfer the moistened crumbs into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for about 15 minutes until fragrant and set. Cool on a wire rack while preparing the filling.
Set a kettle of water to boil (this will be used for the water bath). In a small, heavy saucepan, stir together the pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a sputter, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes, until thick, bronzed and shiny. .
Scrape the mixture into a large food processor fitted with the metal blade and process for 1 minute with the feed tube open
With the motor running, add the cold cream. Add the cream cheese (cut into chunks) and process for about 30 seconds, scraping the sides if necessary, or until smoothly incorporated. Add the eggs and process for about 5 seconds or just until incorporated (do not overmix!).
Set the cake pan in a large roasting pan. Pour the batter into the cooled crust, and then pour enough boiling water into the large roasting pan to come about halfway up side of the cake pan.
Bake for 1½ to 1¾ hours until the cake is just set. CAREFULLY remove the roasting pan from the oven and set on a wire rack.
Run a sharp paring knife around the edges to loosen the cake from the sides of the pan. Cool until the water is just warm. Remove the springform pan from the water bath, discard the foil and set on a wire rack.
Continue to cool at room temperature until barely warm, about 3 hours. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours until chilled.
Stir the sugar, corn syrup, water and lemon juice together in a 2-cup microwave-safe measuring cup or medium glass bowl. Microwave until the caramel is pale yellow, or just barely starting to take on some color.
Let the caramel sit for 5 minutes — it will gradually turn a rich amber color. (If after five minutes, it’s not dark enough, place it back in the microwave for thirty seconds or so, then let it darken again. If it gets too dark, start over.)
In the meantime, heat the cream in the microwave until hot. Once the caramel reaches the right color, immediately stir in the hot cream a few tablespoons at a time. It will bubble up intensely, but it won’t overflow.
After all the cream is added, stir to incorporate then add the butter. Add more cream if the mixture seems too thick. Once the caramel cools, store it in your fridge.
Remove the outer ring from the springform pan. Slide a thin metal spatula between the crust and pan bottom to loosen, then slide the cheesecake onto a serving platter.
If there is condensation on the top of the cheesecake, blot it gently with a flat paper towel. Let the cheesecake stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes, then cut it into wedges.
Warm up the caramel sauce in the microwave (it stiffens in the fridge). If it’s too thick, add more heavy cream to thin it out.
Drizzle the caramel sauce over each piece of cheesecake and top with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream if desired.
- Calories: 631.26kcal
- Fat: 39.25g
- Saturated Fat: 21.98g
- Trans Fat: 0.79g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 10.71g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.10g
- Carbohydrates: 65.25g
- Fiber: 0.52g
- Sugar: 55.93g
- Protein: 7.84g
- Cholesterol: 193.52mg
- Sodium: 420.65mg
- Calcium: 110.08mg
- Potassium: 309.47mg
- Iron: 3.16mg
- Vitamin A: 554.60µg
- Vitamin C: 3.40mg
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