Cynthia Haltom, Ph.D. is an accomplished educator and author of over 100 books. Many of her books are about cooking.
Pumpkin Cheese Pie
If you are looking for a new twist on holiday pumpkin pie, this is the recipe. I love to bake and experiment with new recipes; sometimes, necessity is the mother of invention. I started making a simple pumpkin cheesecake with a graham cracker crust and realized that the grandchildren had eaten all of the graham crackers. Since I had already opened the can of pumpkin, I needed to develop a new idea. So I searched the fridge and discovered I still had a left-over prepared pie crust.
So I got to work. First, I placed the crust into a pie pan and began mixing the cheese batter for my pie. I decided to take a small portion, about a cup, and place it into the pie crust. Next, I added all of the usual ingredients for a pumpkin cheesecake. After mixing it, I poured it on top of the cheese mixture I had already placed over the crust. Next, I baked it; needless to say, the rest is history.
My guest loved the pie and said that they preferred it to the ordinary graham cracker crust I usually make. I have already had several requests for this year's celebration to make more than one. With the number of guests this year, I planned to make a most minor 3 or 4. With seven grandchildren and 3 of them teenage boys, they may even save a piece for me.
- 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 (9 inch) prepared pie crust
- whipped cream
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie
- Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Stir in both eggs one at a time. Save 1 cup of batter and spread on the top of the prepared crust set aside.
- Take the remaining batter and add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg stir gently until blended. Spread over the cheese batter in the crust.
- Bake in preheated oven 325 degrees F (165 degrees C)for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is not quite set. Remove from the oven and cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
Delicious Desserts for the Holidays
Delicious Desserts for the Holidays start with freshly baked homemade pies. Suppose you are getting ready for the holidays. It would help if you started collecting the recipes now. Start by deciding on the menu, and be sure to write it down.
Next, write down the ingredients you will need for this particular meal. Then, finally, list everything you need for this meal to make shopping a breeze. By doing this, you won't find yourself needing things you won't be able to buy on your cooking day.
There is nothing worse than beginning a recipe only to find the ingredients you need are missing. So I like to start shopping with a list, so I don't miss those crucial components.
Once I get home from my shopping trip, I like to organize the ingredients for each of my recipes on the counter. Then, I select the dishes I plan to use for cooking alongside each stack. I still have time to make an emergency run to the store if I have missing food items. I hope this advice will also help you create that special meal for your guest.