Here's a simple yet delicious and equally impressive pie I made a couple weeks ago. I found the recipe from Christy at The Girl Who Ate Everything. I read the reviews on Allrecipes and made some tweaks. I also made my own graham cracker crust. A graham cracker crust consists of graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter- three very simple ingredients yet it tastes so much better than the premade store bought crusts. I also added more spice, pumpkin and a little sour cream to the cheesecake part of the pie. This pie was excellent. So good it was gone after one evening and everyone that had some, wanted a second slice.
This pie does need a little refrigeration time, so make it the night before, or early on the day you want to serve it so it has time to properly chill and firm up. Oh and serve with plenty of sweetened whipped cream! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Have a great weekend, and while you're shopping might I remind you that my cookbook, Lick The Bowl Good makes a great gift :-). Look for it in Barnes & Noble book stores and online.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
For The Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Stir in the melted butter until thoroughly blended.
Press mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie pan, bringing crumbs evenly up the sides up to the rim.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. While crust is cooling, prepare the filling.
For The Filling: Reduce the oven to 300 degrees F.
Beat the cream cheese til creamy and there are no lumps. Then add the sugar and vanilla. Beat until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition.
Divide the batter evenly into two bowls. Add sour cream to one half and mix until well combined.
Pour the sour cream/ cream cheese mixture into the bottom of the prepared, cooled crust. Spread it into an even layer.
Add the pumpkin puree and the pumpkin pie spice to the remaining cream cheese mixture. Blend well and gently pour the pumpkin mixture over the cream cheese layer.
Bake in a 300 degree oven for 50-55 minutes. The center of the pie may jiggle slightly. Turn the oven off, crack the door open and let cool in the oven for 30 minutes. Refrigerate pie until well chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight.