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      RECIPE TITLE "Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake Recipe"
    Source: Great Gingerbread,
    Courtesy of: Cooking.com

    yields Makes 10 servings time--- difficultyeasy

    Silky rich and deliciously creamy, this festive cheesecake with its crunchy walnut brittle topping is a delicious make-ahead dessert to serve during the holidays. Pastry chef Jennifer Flannagan devised this delightful cheesecake with its candylike topping.

      RECIPE INGREDIENTS

    Crust
    1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
    3/4 cup gingersnap crumbs
    2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
    1 egg white, well beaten

    Filling
    2 cups (16 ounces) cream cheese
    1 cup sour cream
    1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    4 large eggs, separated
    1 cup plus 1 tablespoon canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    3 tablespoons cornstarch
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    Pinch of ground nutmeg
    Pinch of ground cloves

    Topping
    2/3 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts (see Note)
    2 teaspoons ground ginger
    1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

    Parrish 9x3 Round Cheesecake Pan with Removable Bottom
    Parrish 9x3 Round Cheesecake Pan with Removable Bottom This 9-in. Round Pan is the one you'll want to use for baking cheesecakes or any cake you wish to decorate and frost along the sides. A removable bottom plate lets you lift the cake out without disturbing the sides, allowing you place the cake on a more decorative stand for decorating and serving. The pan is made of heavy-duty aluminum and measures 3-in. high.
      RECIPE METHOD

    Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F. Position a rack in the center of the oven. Position a second rack directly below it.

    To make the crust, in a large bowl, combine the graham cracker and gingersnap crumbs, sugar, and ginger. Stir in the melted butter. Firmly press the crumbs into the bottom of a 9 1/2-inch springform pan. Brush the crust lightly with the egg white and chill for at least 15 minutes before filling and baking.

    To make the filling, in a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sour cream, and brown and granulated sugars, using an electric mixer, until smooth. Gently beat in the egg yolks, then the pumpkin puree, vanilla, cornstarch, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites, with a whisk or an electric mixer, until stiff peaks are formed. Fold the egg whites into the cream cheese mixture.

    Pour the filling into the prepared pan and place in the oven. Set an 8-inch-square baking pan filled halfway with hot water on the rack below the cheesecake (this helps prevent the top of the cheesecake from cracking). Bake until the center does not tremble when the cake is gently shaken, about 1 1/2 hours.

    Remove from the oven and allow to cool for several minutes. Place a rack 4 to 5 inches from the heat source of a broiler. Preheat the broiler.

    To make the topping, in a small bowl, combine the walnuts, ginger, and sugar. Add the butter and mix together with a fork or clean fingers until crumbly. Sprinkle over the warm cheesecake and place in the broiler to melt the sugar and caramelize the topping, 30 to 40 seconds. Watch carefully so that the topping does not burn.

    Remove the cheesecake from the broiler and let cool to room temperature. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours or as long as overnight. When it is chilled, run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake and remove the pan rim. Set the cheesecake on a serving plate without removing the pan bottom.

    Note: To toast walnuts, spread shelled nuts in a shallow pan. Toast in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes.

    Recipe reprinted by permission of Chronicle. All rights reserved.

      Nutrition Facts
    Serves 10
    Facts per Serving
    Calories: 559 Fat: 36g Carbohydrates: 53g
    Cholesterol: 162mg Sodium: 271mg Protein: 9g
    Fiber: 2g % Cal. from Fat: 58% % Cal. from Carbs: 38%

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