A Two Year Wait

Another pumpkin dessert for you today.

I’ve mentioned several times that I both use, and love, the recipe app Paprika. Everything I cook, and I mean EVERYTHING, goes into Paprika.

On occasion I’ll surf various recipe sites and when I see something I’d want to make in the future, I store it in Paprika. When I go to make my weekly menu, I will look in Paprika, generally for recipes I have not previously made. When scrolling through recipes, I’ll often skip over recipes that don’t match the season or what I am looking for that week. One recipe, I looked at every week for almost two years.

I had saved a recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bourbon-Spiked Cream several years ago around the Thanksgiving time. I didn’t make it that year and so it was there in Paprika every time I went out there. I missed making it two years ago and so I spent one more year looking at it and vowing that I’d make it around Thanksgiving. The holiday rolled around again, so it was time!

Pumpkin Cheesecake With Bourbon-Spiked Cream

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Don’t wait to make this one. It was creamy and delicious!

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The bourbon stands out from the rest of the ingredients.

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The crust is made.

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The cheesecake was surprisingly light.

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Very airy.


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Starting the cream.

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Melting the chocolate.

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One for me….one for you….and another one for me!

Pumpkin Cheesecake With Bourbon-Spiked Cream

Prep Time: 40 m | Cook Time: 1 h 55 m | Servings: 12 servings | Difficulty: Easy


For the cheesecake:
1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (about 45 crushed wafers)
1 cup pecans, ground
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
2 pounds cream cheese, cubed and softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
6 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups canned pure pumpkin

For the toppings:
2 cups sweetened whipped cream
Dash of bourbon
3/4 cup half-and-half
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (1 1/3 cups)
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Prepare the cheesecake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the wafer crumbs, ground pecans and melted butter in a bowl. Press into the bottom of a 12-inch springform pan. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, mix the cream cheese until smooth. Add the brown sugar and process until blended. Add the eggs one at a time, processing until fully incorporated, then blend in the heavy cream. Add the flour, salt, cinnamon and vanilla and blend until smooth. Add the pumpkin and blend until smooth.

Pour the filling over the crust in the pan. Bake 1 hour, 15 minutes, or until the cheesecake is just set. Remove from the oven. Use a knife to loosen the cake from the side of the pan; this will prevent it from splitting down the center. Let cool completely before slicing.

Meanwhile, make the toppings: Combine the whipped cream and bourbon in a bowl and mix until blended. For the chocolate sauce, combine the half-and-half and butter in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Heat until a thin, paper-like skin appears on top; do not boil. Add the chocolate chips and vanilla and stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Remove the side of the springform pan and slice the cheesecake. Top each piece with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and some bourbon whipped cream.

Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/pumpkin-cheesecake-with-bourbon-spiked-cream-recipe2/index.html

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Categories: Alcohol, Baking3, Cheese3, Chocolate, Dessert 2, kosher, Recipes, Thanksgiving, Vegetable4, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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One Comment on “A Two Year Wait”

  1. November 20, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

    This does look good – and that little dash of bourbon is the crowning touch!


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