You know how there are things that are synonymous with other things? Well, it's full on fall weather here. The leaves have all turned color and most of them have dropped from the trees. Today the temperature took a nose-dive and it's feeling a lot like fall. It's supposed to be 18 degrees tonight! Brrrrr....... And it's the month of my hubby's birthday. We like cake in this house, but we like cheese cake better! And we really love Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake! So this was the weekend to make the cheesecake. We're having some friends over tonight to help eat it. And will probably take some pieces to others. It's too much yummy goodness to keep to ourselves!
Here's how you make this yummy goodness!
1 1/2 cups thin chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
(about 30 cookies)
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup flour
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
4 8 oz pkgs cream cheese
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted*
2 oz bittersweet baking chocolate
1 TBS vegetable oil
1 cup caramel topping
toast pecans, sprinkle in ungreased heavy skillet. Cook over medium
heat 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until pecans begin to brown, then
stirring constantly until light brown.
1) Heat oven to 300.
Wrap foil around outside of bottom and side of 9-inch springform pan to
prevent drips. Spray bottom and 1 inch up side of pan with cooking
spray. In small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press crumb
mixture on bottom and 1 inch up side of pan. Bake crust 8-10 minutes
or until set. Cool at room temperature 5 minutes. Refrigerate about 5
minutes or until completely cooled.
2) Meanwhile, in another
small bowl, mix flour, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin; set aside. In
large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until
smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in brown sugar and granulated sugar
until smooth. On low speed, beat in eggs, one at a time, just until
blended. Gradually beat in pumpkin mixture until smooth. Pour filling
3) Bake 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 25 minutes or
until edge of cheesecake is set but center still juggles slightly when
moved. Run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Turn oven
off; open oven door at least 4 inches. Let cheesecake remain in oven 30
4) Cool in pan on cooling rack 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight before serving.
Just before serving, sprinkle pecans over top of cheesecake. In small
microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate and oil uncovered on high 1
minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted.
Drizzle chocolate over pecans.
6) To serve, run knife around
edge of pan to loosen cheesecake; carefully remove side of pan. Drizzle
caramel topping over each serving. Store covered in refrigerator.
Altitude Directions > Before preheating oven, place pan of water on
oven rack below rack cheesecake will be baked on. In step 3, bake 1
hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes. Do not run knife around edge of
pan until after cheesecake has cooled 30 minutes.