Fall has arrived and with it… pumpkin everything! It seems like everywhere you turn there is something with pumpkin. In coffee, bread, cookies, or even ice cream, now is the time for pumpkin treats. It seems only fitting that we should share a combination of two favorites today then: pumpkin & cheesecake. For this time of year could there be a better combination?
Today’s recipe comes from the Disney Parks Blog. If you don’t want to make this cheesecake, you can purchase it while visiting the Disneyland Resort at Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta at Disney California Adventure park, Jolly Holiday Bakery Café and French Market in Disneyland park and White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
Disney Recipes: Pumpkin Cheesecake - Disneyland Resort
Yield: Makes 9-inch cheesecake
1 1/2 cups crushed graham cracker
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/3 cup butter-melted
3 (8-ounce) blocks cream cheese, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
15-ounce can pumpkin purée
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
5-ounce can evaporated milk
Chocolate syrup, for drizzling
In a bowl combine the crushed graham cracker, sugar and ginger. Melt the butter and stir into mixture.
Spray bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Press crust mixture into bottom of pan using your hands.
Place pan on a large piece of foil and wrap foil tightly up sides and around pan.
For cheesecake filling:
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Beat cream cheese, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Scrape down sides of bowl.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down sides of bowl.
Whisk together pumpkin purée, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl until well combined. Add pumpkin mixture to cream cheese mixture, beating until well combined. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add evaporated milk, mixing well.
Slowly pour cheesecake filling onto crust mixture in prepared pan. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Place foil-wrapped pan inside a larger roasting pan. Place oven rack and carefully add enough hot water to reach halfway up sides of springform pan.
Bake 1 hour, or until center moves only slightly when shaken.
Turn oven off. Crack open oven door, and allow cheesecake to cool inside oven 1 hour.
Remove pan from water bath and set on a wire rack to cool completely. Cover top of pan with foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
Wrapping foil around springform pan prevents water from the water bath from getting into the cheesecake. The slow cooling inside the oven prevents cheesecake top from cracking.
Once you have made your perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake, please take a picture of it and share it below! Let us know how it turns out and how it tastes! Cooking is an adventure that we can all share together!
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