How do you make a pumpkin cheesecake like the one at the Cheesecake Factory?


Quick Answer

Food.com features a Cheesecake Factory pumpkin cheesecake that is well-reviewed by site visitors. The Food Network also has a recipe for pumpkin cheesecake that reviewers claim is as good as the Cheesecake Factory version.

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For Cheesecake Factory pumpkin cheesecake, combine 1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs with 5 tablespoons melted butter and 1 tablespoon sugar. Stir until all the crumbs are coated, and press them into the bottom of a springform pan. Bake for five minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine three 8-ounce packages cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla, blending until smooth. Mix in 1 cup pumpkin, three eggs, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon allspice, blending until creamy. Pour into the pan, and bake for 60 to 70 minutes.

The Food Network's recipes adds a pinch of salt to the same graham cracker crust. However, it calls for baking the crust at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes.

Next, beat 2 pounds cream cheese until smooth, and add 2.5 cups sugar. Beat until the mixture is fluffy before beating in 1/4 cup sour cream. Add 15 ounces pumpkin, six eggs, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon salt and the same spices as above. Pour the mixture into the crust.

Pour boiling water into the bottom of a roasting pan in the oven, and gently place the springform pan in the center. Bake the cheesecake for one hour and 45 minutes. Turn off the oven, and let the cheesecake stand for one hour.

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