Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

I love pumpkin pie for the holidays, but being lactose intolerant means that I have to take the time to make homemade lactose-free sweet and condensed milk. To keep the work to a minimum this time, I looked up a recipe for pumpkin cheesecake and found a simple and quick recipe for pumpkin cheesecake by Nigella. Just a few tweaks and the use of lactose-free cream cheese, and it was ready! I added my own homemade pumpkin spice and made a gingersnap crust out of Ana’s Ginger Thins.

And what’s a pumpkin dessert without whip cream?! For the whipped cream, I added a dash of the pumpkin spice to continue that pumpkin pie flavor. Although it is a surprisingly light dessert, it is rich and you’ll want to cut the cheesecake into 16 pieces.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice
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Pumpkin Spice

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust
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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust

  • 250 grams gingersnaps
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 125 grams melted butter

Filling

  • 1 425g can pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • 750 grams cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
  • 200 grams caster sugar known as berry sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • juice of ½ lemon

Instructions

  • Blitz the gingersnaps and pumpkin spice in a food processor until they are almost fine crumbs, and then add the melted butter.
  • Process again until the crumb mixture starts to clump together like damp sand.
  • Press the mix into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan.
  • Put the pan in the fridge while you make the filling.
  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Put the pumpkin purée and cream cheese into a food processor and mix until the cheese blends into the pumpkin.
  • Add the sugar and spices and with the motor running, add the eggs one at a time down the tube of the processor.
  • Scrape down and process again, adding the lemon juice and blitzing to make a smooth mixture.
  • Wrap the outside of the biscuit-lined springform tin with a few layers of clingfilm. Set on a large piece of double-layered strong foil and bring it up around the edges of the springform pan.
  • Sit the foil-covered springform tin in a roasting pan.
  • Scrape the cheesecake filling into the pan and then pour recently boiled water into the roasting pan to a level approximately halfway up the cake tin.
  • Bake for about 1 ¾ hours, or until the filling has set with only a small amount of wobble left at its centre. It is worth remembering that it will continue to cook as it cools down.
  • Take the tin out of the water bath and sit it on a cooling rack, removing the foil as you do so.
  • When it is cool enough, put the cheesecake in the refrigerator overnight, before unspringing it from the tin to slice.

Notes

This makes for a rich, yet light, dessert. Recommended serving would be to cut the cheesecake into 16 pieces.
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