Swirled Pumpkin and Caramel Cheesecake
1 1/2 cups ground gingersnap cookies
1 1/2 cups toasted pecans (about 6 ounces)
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups canned solid pack pumpkin
9 tablespoons whipping cream
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
4 large eggs
4 tablespoons purchased caramel sauce
1 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Finely grind crushed cookies,
pecans and sugar in processor. Add melted butter and blend
until combined. Press crust mixture onto bottom and up sides
of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides.
Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in large
bowl until light. Transfer 3/4 cup mixture to small bowl;
cover tightly and refrigerate to use for topping. Add
pumpkin, 4 tablespoons whipping cream, ground cinnamon and
ground allspice to mixture in large bowl and beat until well
combined. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just until combined.
Pour filling into crust (filling will almost fill pan). Bake
until cheesecake puffs, top browns and center moves only
slightly when pan is shaken, about 1 hour 15 minutes.
Transfer cheesecake to rack and cool 10 minutes. Run small
sharp knife around cake pan sides to loosen cheesecake. Cool.
Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight. Bring remaining 3/4
cup cream cheese mixture to room temperature. Add remaining
5 tablespoons whipping cream to cream cheese mixture and
stir to combine. Press down firmly on edges of cheesecake to
even thickness. Pour cream cheese mixture over cheesecake,
spreading evenly. Spoon caramel sauce in lines over cream
cheese mixture. Using tip of knife, swirl caramel sauce into
cream cheese mixture.
(Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Release pan sides from cheesecake. Spoon sour cream into
pastry bag fitted with small star tip (do not stir before
using). Pipe decorative border around cheesecake and serve.
Yield: 10 Servings