Pumpkin Cheesecake With Caramel Swirl
=============== CRUST ================
1-1/2 Cup Gingersnap cookie crumbs
6 ounce Pecans, toasted
1/4 Cup Brown sugar
1/4 Cup Butter, melted
============== FILLING ===============
32 ounce Cream cheese
1-2/3 Cup Sugar
1-1/2 Cup Pumpkin, canned
9 tablespoon Heavy cream
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Allspice
4 large Eggs
============== TOPPING ===============
1 tablespoon Caramel sauce
1 Cup Sour cream
FOR CRUST: Preheat oven to 350'.
Finely grind cookies, pecans and sugar in processor. Add melted butter and blend until combined. Press crust mixture onto bottom and up sides of 9in. diameter springform pan with 2 3/4in sides.
FOR FILLING: Using electric mixer beat cream cheese and sugar until light Transfer 3/4 Cup mixture to small bowl cover tightly and refrigerate to use for topping. Add pumpkin, 4 tablespoon whipping cream, cinnamon and allspice to cheese mixture and beat until well combined. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just until combined. Pour filling into crust (filling will almost fill pan) Bake until cheesecake puffs, top browns and center moves only slightly when pan is shaken, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Transfer cake to rack and cool 10 minutes. Run small knife around cake pan sides to loosen cake. Cool. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
TOPPING: Bring remaining 3/4Cup cream cheese mixture to room temp. Add remaining 5 tablespoon whipping cream and stir to combine. Press down firmly on edges of cheesecake to even thickness. Pour cream cheese mixture over cake, spreading evenly. Spoon caramel sauce in lines over topping. Using tip of knife swirl caramel sauce into cream cheese. Release sides of pan from cheesecake. Spoon sour cream into pastry bag fitted with small star tip (do not stir before using) Pipe decorative border around cheesecake and serve. I use the caramel sauce with the squirt tip to make lines on top, then I pull a toothpick up and down in the opposite direction to create a web effect. I have never used the sour cream border and it still tastes great!!