Wednesday, October 12, 2011

31 Days of Holiday Baking - Day 12 :: Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

iPhone pic of Jill's Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

In case you're getting bored of my baking (*gasp*! I can't imagine! lol), today I am featuring a guest baker! Last weekend, we hosted Thanksgiving turkey dinner at our place and invited a few friends. When Jill arrived she surprised us with this beautiful Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake that she had made! (Not to leave anyone out, our other guests surprised us with bottles of gingerale for the punch and a vintage sewing basket on legs... scroll down for pic!).

Jill used a Pioneer Woman recipe for this decadent dessert, but she changed it up slightly. Here's how she made it:

12 oz gingersnaps
6 tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt

In a food processor crush gingersnps. Add melted butter, brown sugar, and salt, and pulse until thoroughly combined. Press into bottom and sides of a pie plate. Chill for half an hour.

4 8 oz packages cream cheese
1-1/2 cup sugar
1 can 15-ounce pumpkin purée
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp  nutmeg
4 eggs
2 tbsp whipping cream
1 12 oz jar caramel topping

Creating at Home
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin and spices and mix again. Add eggs one at a time, mixing for 20 seconds between each addition. Add cream and mix until just combined.

Remove crust from fridge. Pour 1/2 jar of caramel topping on crust. Gently pour cheesecake filling into pan. Even out the top with a flat spatula.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until no longer soupy. Cheesecake should still be somewhat jiggly.
Cool on counter for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, pour the rest of the caramel topping over the top. Smooth with a flat spatula until evenly smooth. Cover and chill cheesecake for another four hours or overnight.
Slice with a hot knife; run knife under hot tap, dry off with tea towel in between each cut.

As promised, here's a pic of the adorable sewing basket (on legs!). Thanks, Madelyn! I can't believe you wanted to part with it, but it's happy here in my house.

Thanksgiving gift!
While you're in the mood for pumpkin, take a peek at the yummy Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting I made in 2006!

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  1. Oh, I'm jealous about pretty much everything in this post!


  2. @Kimberly lol... thanks! :)

    The first thing I did this morning was check Moda Bakeshop... thinking I'd see you there, then I realized it's not happening until tomorrow! Does it go live at midnight? I might stay up for it, if it does!!

  3. Yep... 10pm our time it posted. Kinda exciting for little old me!