Pumpkin Cognac Cheesecake (#1619)

Serves
Ready
16
30
Minutes
Prep
Cook
30
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Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup Almonds ground
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger ground
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp Butter unsalted, melted

Filling

  • 2 pound Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Cognac
  • 3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Ginger ground
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 4 large Eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Purée (Canned)

Topping

  • 1 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cognac
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Almonds sliced, toasted, for garnish

Directions

  1. Generously grease a 10-inch springform pan with vegetable shortening.
  2. To prepare the crust, thoroughly combine crumbs, ground almonds, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and melted butter.
  3. Press firmly into bottom of the greased springform pan.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Heat oven to 250 degrees.
  6. To prepare filling, beat softened cream cheese smooth in mixer.
  7. Gradually add the sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
  8. Add cognac, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  9. Blend well.
  10. Add eggs one at a time.
  11. Beat well after each addition.
  12. Add cream and pumpkin.
  13. Mix well.
  14. Pour filling into unbaked crust, and smooth the top.
  15. Bake for two hours, until soft but firm.
  16. Shake pan slightly.
  17. Cake should not wiggle.
  18. Remove and let cool on a rack for 30 minutes.
  19. After 20 minutes, heat oven to 350° f (180° c).
  20. To prepare topping.
  21. Combine sour cream, sugar, cognac and maple syrup.
  22. Mix thoroughly.
  23. Spread topping on cooled cheesecake.
  24. Return assembled cheesecake to oven for 7 minutes.
  25. Remove and let cheesecake cool on a rack for at least 4 hours at room temperature before removing sides of springform pan.
  26. Garnish outer edge of cake with toasted almond slices.
  27. To serve, slice cheesecake with warm knife.
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