Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake

Hope everyone had a fun, relaxing Thanksgiving!

Uncle Charlie's Desserts (and ours)

You're probably sick and tired of looking at food, but I wanted to quickly post to recommend a tasty recipe for Thanksgivings future....

This Thanksgiving we appointed ourselves responsible for one dessert, not out of any particular desire to be helpful, but because I just love an excuse to make dessert! Originally we planned on Apple-Raspberry Pie, which I dry-ran last weekend and shared with The Spiders. Although it was quite a success, for the main event Chris' Uncle Charlie, a very talented baker, brought his apple pie (bottom) along with the lemon meringue pie and shoo-fly cake you see in this photo. So instead we decided to contribute Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake, so as not to be duplicative:

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake

This is our second experience with this recipe, and it's always well received. If you're a pumpkin lover but a Pumpkin Pie Hater comme moi-même, this rich dessert makes up for everything pumpkin pie lacks. I could almost... almost work up an appetite again just thinking about it. Almost. Not really.

Posted by jess at November 26, 2006 10:19 PM | TrackBack

wow, that's a tasty looking spread! hope you had a nice holiday- by the way, what's a shoo-fly cake?

Posted by: Kym at November 26, 2006 10:44 PM

Okay, now I must attempt the cheesecake! You know...for research purposes. : )

Off topic: Do you have an orchid yet?

Posted by: chica at November 26, 2006 10:55 PM

yummmmmm...pumpkin cheesecake...slaver, slaver.

Posted by: Sarah at November 26, 2006 11:21 PM

Dude. Are you going to be here tomorrow?

Posted by: Lauren at November 26, 2006 11:34 PM

What?!?! You don't like pumpkin pie? It lacks something?

Do you put in cloves? It can't possibly lack anything if you put in cloves. Ground cloves gives it that zing.

Double check and give it a try. . .

Posted by: jaws at November 27, 2006 12:09 AM

I loooove all things pumpkin (including pie) but I am often too lazy to deal with the whole pie crust thing, so a pumpkin cheesecake sounds perfect. Now I just need to remember this for about 360 days.

Posted by: MeBeth at November 27, 2006 8:19 AM

Oh I can work up an appetite--it looks divine!!!

Posted by: Jenny Raye at November 27, 2006 8:35 AM

Duplicative? God, I love a blogger with a good vocabulary. At least you didn't say "duplicitous." Though that would've been funny. Fickle pie!

Posted by: JulieFrick at November 27, 2006 10:01 AM

mmmmm, lemon meringue! i haven't had a lemon meringue pie in ages! and i don't like pumpkin pie either but pumpkin cheesecake sounds divine.

Posted by: gleek at November 27, 2006 10:19 AM

Looks beautiful AND delicious! I'll have to try it when I get a springform pan--like you, I'm a big pumpkin fan but could do without pumpkin pie. I've settled for pumpkin bread, but this looks wonderful!

Posted by: seedless grape at November 27, 2006 10:54 AM

That is one fine looking cheesecake. Rest assured, I am never sick of looking at pictures of home-cooked food, especially desserts. I made a nutmeg maple cream pie for Thanksgiving. Recipe was in the NYT food section a few Wednesdays ago. It was f-ing delicious.

Posted by: Kim P at November 27, 2006 10:58 AM

Pumpkin Pie II by Cathy on is also highly recommended...I make it twice every year, once for the office potluck, and once for home, and it's a hit every time.

mmmmmmm...desserts. okay, yeah, i'm with you...not really after 3+days of leftovers. =]

Posted by: amy at November 27, 2006 11:56 AM

It all looks so delicious. Our Thanksgiving was last month so I can definitely work up an appetite for some of that now.

Posted by: Dorothy B at November 27, 2006 1:36 PM

That Table 'o' Dessert is fabulous! I like the idea of pumpkin cheesecake. I'm not a big pumpkin pie lover, but you CANNOT go wrong with ANY cheesecake!

Posted by: Katie at November 27, 2006 1:44 PM

I don't understand how you could not like pumpkin pie. Seriously.

Though to be fair, the ones I make benefit from a very heavy hand with the spices (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, mace), and fresh pumpkin.

But really, not liking pupmkin pie? And you don't even need to cook the pumpkin?

Posted by: The Skirt at November 27, 2006 2:47 PM

I never tire of food pictures! Congratulations on passing The Bar.

Posted by: Gina at November 27, 2006 5:23 PM

i make the same recipe! i found it 3 years ago and it's been a fav ever since.

one thing i do differently (because i don't like graham crackers) is to sub ground up spice cookies for the graham cracker crust.

Posted by: jody at November 27, 2006 7:58 PM

oooh, that looks delicious. i love both pumpkin pie and cheesecake, but sadly my beloved doesn't like either. to hell with him -- i'm makin' it!

except that i don't want to ever look at food again.

Posted by: carrie m at November 27, 2006 11:36 PM

Ooh, yum. Hmm, do I need to have people over again so you'll bring me a spiced pumpkin cheesecake?

Posted by: Jessica at November 27, 2006 11:57 PM

Ooooh, that looks great! I could eat Thanksgiving all over again!!!

Posted by: Elinor at November 28, 2006 11:09 AM

My contribution to a shared meal was the same cheesecake. This was my second year making it. Your dessert table looks very warm and inviting.

Posted by: Patricia at November 29, 2006 2:36 PM
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