Sunday, November 23, 2008

My Favorite Fall Cheesecake~

With my dear American friends Thanksgiving aroundthe corner..Ithought I would share my favorite fall cheesecake recipe ..
It's courtesy of Epicurious..

For praline
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans For crust
2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs (about 9 ounces)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted For filling
4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
4 large eggs
1 15-ounce can solid pack pumpkin
3 tablespoons bourbon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Make praline:Preheat oven to 325°F. Line baking sheet with foil. Stir sugar and butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar melts and mixture comes to boil; boil 1 minute without stirring. Mix in pecans. Spread mixture on prepared baking sheet. Bake until sugar syrup bubbles vigorously, about 8 minutes. Cool praline completely. Break into pieces. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Store airtight.)
Make crust:Preheat oven to 325°F. Stir cookie crumbs and cinnamon in medium bowl to blend. Add butter; stir until crumbs are moistened. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides. Bake crust until set, about 8 minutes. Cool. Double-wrap outside of pan with heavy-duty foil. Place in large roasting pan.
Make filling:Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until smooth. Beat in flour and spices. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Beat in pumpkin, bourbon and vanilla. Transfer to crust.
Pour enough hot water into roasting pan to reach 1 inch up sides of springform pan. Bake cake in water bath until center is just set, adding more water to roasting pan as needed, about 1 hour 45 minutes. Remove cheesecake from water. Cool in pan on rack. Remove foil. Run small sharp knife between cake and pan sides. Chill until cold; then cover and chill overnight.
Release pan sides. Place cake on platter. Sprinkle praline over, leaving 1-inch plain border at edge. Cut cake into wedges.


  1. beautiful as ever nana! how is it going, is it getting easier to post?

  2. I wrote in my email like you said:) Still would love to know how to post more than 1 pic w/ text in between..You girls are light years ahead of me..
    Thanks for all your help.

  3. That looks wonderful!
    And I am light years behind...I need a tutor!

  4. You can drag and drop your phot in the compose pane. Click on none for formatting and leave a space between your text, then drag and drop, drag and drop until you get the photo where you want. and Upload another. They always land on top when you upload though. At least that's how I did it. For the life of me, I don't get codes, html or embedding :)

    That cheesecake is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

  5. worked!
    I saved Jain's numerous helpful emails too:) You girls are all so great!