Spicing the Pumpkin Cheesecake up a bit by adding a delicious Sticky Toffee Sauce.
- 1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 c. pecans
- 10 tbsp. melted butter
- 3 1/2 packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 5 eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ginger
- 1/4 tsp. cloves
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- TOFFEE SAUCE
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 c. light brown sugar
- 3/4 c. heavy cream
- 1/2 c. chopped pecans (optional or use your favorite nut)
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees: In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and pecan pieces and pour in the melted butter. Mix well until mixture begins to look like wet sand. Spray or grease a 9 inch springform pan, Begin to pay half of the crust mixture onto the bottom of the pan and take the remaining half of the crust and pat on the sides of the pan so the crust also goes up the cake.
- Place in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. While the crust is cooling, place the cream cheese in a separate bowl and using a hand held mixer or a standing mixer, cream the cream cheese until creamy and soft. Blend in the brown sugar, add the eggs one at a time cracked into a ramekin first. Blend in the pumpkin puree, the vanilla extract, and the spices. Once all the ingredients are well combined, pour into the springform pan.
- Secure the pan by placing aluminum foil around the cake pan. Fill a rather large baking pan halfway with warm water and place the cheesecake inside that baking pan and then place inside the oven and allow to bake for an hour or until a toothpick is inserted in the middle and the cake comes out clean. Baking the cheesecake in warm water will prevent the cake from cracking at the top and help it to come out nice and pretty.
- Once the cake is finished baking, allow cooling at room temperature for 20 minutes. Remove the outside of the springform pan and place in the refrigerator overnight.
- To make the sauce, melted the butter in a large saucepan, add the brown sugar and stir until well mixed, and pour in the heavy cream all over medium to high heat. Mix until the toffee sauce is well mixed and slightly boiling but do not let it boil over. This should take 5 minutes. Pour in the nuts and stir once more and remove from heat and allow to cool before pouring on top of the cheesecake. You could also serve it on the side if you like.
- Category: Dessert
- Serving Size: 1 slice