How are the days just flying by?! Is Thanksgiving really in TWO weeks? How is it nearing the end of 2013 already? I`m seriously surprised at how fast this year has gone by. Time flies when you`re having fun, I guess? Haha.
Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, it`s only fitting to share this incredible pumpkin dessert with you all. And, I do mean, incredible, incredible. It`s so good, I had to use the word twice!
You know I`m all about baking for the people in my life, so when I found out my cousins from Arizona was visiting me to celebrate their birthdays, I knew I had to bake them something. I`ve been really busy lately, so I knew I wouldn`t have the time to bake and decorate a layered cake or anything too time consuming. But, this was their birthdays and it had to be special!
One of my cousin, T, oh boy…pumpkin cheesecake was her thing. She was the one who actually introduced me to pumpkin cheesecake because I was appalled when she told me she disliked pumpkin pie. Honestly, I still am! But, she quickly added a disclaimer saying pumpkin cheesecake was her type of dessert, instead. I love both desserts, so I wouldn`t complain about either option. 😛
Pumpkin pie may be the traditional pumpkin dessert you eat during Thanksgiving, but this cheesecake pie can definitely be a fitting substitute. Heck, make it an addition! You can have a pumpkin pie and a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert!
Everyone who tried this cheesecake told me it was amazing. They said it tasted and looked as if I bought it from a restaurant! I may have eaten more slices than I wanted, but I just couldn`t say no to this cheesecake. I totally had more than seconds.
You don`t have to make the ganache or whipped cream, but I wanted to fancy it up since it was their birthdays. I dusted the tops with some cocoa powder as well. 🙂 Another great thing about this pumpkin dessert is the fact that you can make it ahead of time. Just don`t add the sprinkles/jimmies/pearls until the day you plan on serving the pie (the colors might bleed into the whipped cream).
If you want other pumpkin desserts similar to a pumpkin pie, check out this honey apple butter pumpkin pie and bourbon pumpkin tart! I made them both last year and they are EXCELLENT alternatives to the traditional pumpkin pie. I loved both recipes, especially that bourbon pumpkin tart! Yumm.
I don`t usually talk about world news or current events on here…however, the storm in the Philippines was terrible. I feel for them and know they`ll be able to recover from this. They`ll need help though, so please, find it in your hearts to help any way you can~ Events like these often remind people to be grateful for everything they have, whether it`s big or small. The upcoming holidays are excellent opportunities for you to take advantage of them and show the people in your life they matter to you. So, don`t waste the opportunity and keep spreading the love, whether it`s by making their favorite foods or giving them a hug. ♥
Graham Cracker Crust:
§ 1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
§ 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
§ 4 tablespoon butter, melted
Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling:
§ 2 blocks (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
§ ½ cup granulated sugar
§ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
§ 2 large eggs
§ ¾ cup pumpkin puree
§ 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
§ ½ cup chocolate chips
§ ¼ cup heavy cream
§ ½ cup heavy cream
§ 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
§ Sprinkles/jimmies/pearls (Optional)
– 1 9inch nonstick pie pan
– parchment paper
– cooking spray
– 1 small-medium mixing bowl
– 2 large bowls w/ electric mixer
– 2 rubber spatula
– 1 small saucepan
– 1 whisk
– 1 tall class
– 1 piping bag + desired tip
– 1 baking sheet