“You really must try this luscious cheesecake that my family requests for every holiday dinner,” writes Carmel Mooney of Dobbins, California. “I won a blue ribbon when I entered it at the state fair a few years ago.”
- 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup finely chopped almonds
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup eggnog
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon each ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
- In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, almonds, sugar and pumpkin pie spice; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the pumpkin, eggnog, flour, syrup and spices. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust.
- Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake at 325° for 55-60 minutes or until center is almost set. Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Combine the sour cream, sugar and vanilla; spread over top of cheesecake. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake 15-18 minutes longer or until almonds are toasted.
- Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Almond-Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake in Taste of Home October/November 2006, p68
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