12 GAUGE GOURMET CHEFS
Jennifer & McKenzie
PITA is proud to award the title of
12 Gauge Gourmet Chef to Jen & McKenzie.
Pumpkin Cheesecake with
Chefs Jennifer & McKenzie Carter
¾ c of
hazelnuts (I get mine from the Hillsboro Nut Shoot)
¼ c sugar
hazelnuts in greased pan for about 15 minutes at 325°.
Remove from oven, transfer to a towel and rub the hazelnuts to
remove the husks. Chop the hazelnuts in a food processor, add
the graham crackers, and sugar and process until you have fine
crumbs. Add the melted butter and process again until the
crumbs stick together. Press the mixture into the bottom and 1
inch up the sides of a lightly greased 9 inch springform pan.
4 – 8 oz
packages of cream cheese
1½ c canned
solid pack pumpkin
1 tsp. ground
1 tsp. ground
4 large eggs
Beat the cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until light and
fluffy. Transfer ¾ cup of the mixture to a smaller bowl; cover
tightly and refrigerate to use for the topping.
Add pumpkin, 4 tablespoons of the whipping cream, ground
cinnamon and ground allspice to the mixture in the large bowl
and beat until well combined. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating
until they’re just combined.
Pour the filling into crust. Bake until cheesecake puffs, top
browns and center moves only slightly when pan is jiggled, about
and hour and 15 minutes.
Transfer cheesecake to a rack and cool for about 10 minutes. Run
a sharp knife around the cake pan sides to loosen the
cheesecake. Let the cheesecake finish cooling. Cover tightly and
refrigerate for about 2 hours.
Meanwhile, let the remaining ¾ cup cream cheese mixture come
to room temperature. Add the remaining 5 Tbsp. of whipping cream
to cream cheese mixture and stir to combine. Pour cream cheese
mixture over the cheesecake, spreading evenly.
Cover and refrigerate again until well chilled. Remove the pan
sides and serve!
Serves about 10 - Enjoy!
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