Confession: I am a cheesecake snob. Solid bricks of cream cheese, or cheese-flavored jell-o towers, absolutely not. If it tastes more like a crumb cake or if I’m chewing on crystallized sugar, go ahead, you can finish it for me. And don’t even get me started on water baths — they’re 100% non-negotiable.
So, allow me to present the perfect cheesecake. It’s solid but fluffy as hell, with no added gelatin or weird binders. It’s sweet and tangy and completely melts in your mouth.
Also, pumpkin. Yeah. Basic as shit.
Not that anyone actually follows this blog, but if you were wondering why I haven’t posted anything in 2.5 years, it’s because I’ve been a little busy baby-catching, cut-you-open-and-put-you-back-together-ing, ruining all my good shoes with blood etc, and generally running around like a crazy person. Pretty standard obgyn residency stuff. Yay!
recipe: pumpkin cheesecake
1. Make the crust: Heat oven to 325°. Wrap the outside of a 9″ springform pan with foil and set aside. Combine gingersnap crumbs and butter in a food processor, and process until evenly combined. Transfer to pan and press evenly into bottom and halfway up side; bake until set, about 10 minutes. Let cool and set aside.
2. Make the filling: Set a kettle of water to boil. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, until evenly incorporated. Scrape the bowl as needed. Add cream, syrup, vanilla, and pumpkin, and mix until smooth.
3. Pour filling over crust and place springform pan into a large roasting pan; pour enough boiling water into roasting pan to come halfway up side of spring-form pan. Bake until filling jiggles slightly in the center when the pan is tapped on the side, about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
4. VERY IMPORTANT! To cool, turn off the oven and prop open the oven door. Don’t remove the cake from the oven until it’s cool enough to do so with your bare hands. A slow, gentle cool will help prevent cracks! Let cool to room temperature, and then chill in refrigerator until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.