Get To Savor A Slice Of Heaven With A Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

by Chasity Sheppard

For many people, the holidays are sheer hell. Everyone has a story to tell about a Thanksgiving dinner that turned out to be a nightmare. Maybe it was the stress of having to cook a huge meal, including a turkey that just wouldn't defrost in time, or maybe it was the fact that in some families, you put all the relatives together in a room and sooner or later someone will have an argument. With a good pumpkin cheesecake recipe you can turn the holidays into the heavenly time of celebration they're supposed to be.

Pumpkins are synonymous with North America in the fall. This is the time when these native vegetables are abundant and a staple for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. They're brimming with Vitamin A, beta-carotene and other nutrients and because you can serve them as part of the main course or as dessert, they're a versatile way of getting the kids to eat their veggies.

Another North American favorite is cheesecake. Variations of this dessert have been around since ancient times. Like squash, it's very versatile and you can make fruity versions, ones bursting with chocolate or even delicate variations where the cheese base is simply flavored with rose water. Normally the cheese required is a soft, white, cream cheese and eggs can sometimes be added to help firm it up and give it a richer taste.

When you combine two of the most versatile dessert foods, you get pumpkin cheesecake. It has a gloriously rich golden color because of the squash, pureed and mixed in with the cheese. Cinnamon and other spices are reminiscent of pumpkin pie but the cheese gives it a more tart, sophisticated taste.

The crust can make or break the cake. Most often people use graham crackers, crushed and then mixed with melted butter. However, you can use any cookie or cracker you'd like to instead of graham crackers. Ginger-flavored cookies bring some added spice, for instance. A luxurious option is to use crushed walnuts or pecans instead of crackers or cookies. A baked pie crust is a good choice too or if you prefer, you can leave out the crust altogether.

Usually cheesecakes are baked but you also get plenty of no-bake versions. Even when you do bake it, though, you need to keep it in the fridge for around four hours or more so that it can set. This is an important step because cutting into a cake that hasn't set yet will make it sink in the center. Therefore, try to make the dessert the day before, which will leave you more time to deal with the turkey, cranberry sauce and other dishes.

Many cookery books have recipes for the lovely golden dessert. You can also get recipes from friends, neighbors or family members. However, you'll find that the internet is a great source of recipes, even ones that are vegan.

Your pumpkin cheesecake recipe will make it so much easier to prepare Thanksgiving dinner because it's easy, fuss-free and can be made in advance. It's a great way to keep the peace between feuding relatives too because nobody can argue when their mouth is full. Best of all, you'll be happy to eat Thanksgiving leftovers for the next week.

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