Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

I haven't been spending much time in my kitchen of late, but the recent occasion of a friend's birthday was an inspiration to come up with a pumpkin dessert. Not too rich, this crustless pumpkin cheesecake will appeal to those who prefer savory treats, but also enjoy a hint of sweetness from time to time. I highly recommend using homemade pumpkin purée rather than the canned variety. Detailed instructions on how to make your own, along with photos, can be found here. Pumpkin purée also freezes well. I freeze it in 1 cup portions and let it thaw overnight when I plan to use it for a recipe.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin CheesecakePumpkin Cheesecake
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Published on November 5, 2009

A simple, light and creamy and not-too-sweet crustless pumpkin cheesecake with pumpkin spices

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

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  • 2 cups unsweetened pumpkin purée
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons rum or kahlua
  • Preheat an oven to 375°F and generously grease a 9-inch glass pie plate with butter or oil.

  • Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pie plate and bake for 45 minutes or until the cheesecake is set and a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.

  • Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.

Makes 6 to 8 servings
Pumpkin Cheesecake

More ideas for fresh pumpkin from Lisa's Kitchen:
Pumpkin Scones
Pumpkin Pie
Toor Dal Pumpkin Soup
Chickpea Pumpkin Burgers
Spiced Pumpkin Waffles

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Audio Accompaniment: Hybrid by Michael Brook with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanios


mona said...

Looks yummy!

Sarah S. said...

Hi Lisa! I do believe that this is my first time commenting, but I've spent quite a bit of time perusing your archives over the last month -- so many lovely things! This will certainly be the first in the dessert category, this sounds just perfect.
I also plan on joining in for NCR this month. I made my soup last night, now I just have to get it posted.
I'll be back to visit you, and soon!

Mansi said...

Yumm! right in time for using up leftover Halloween pumpkins:)

looks great Lisa!

Johanna GGG said...

love the sound of this - made my own mini pumpkin cheesecakes on the weekend and am in love with the idea - but am interested to see that you use a lot more pumpkin that the recipe I used - glad to see your inspiration still at play in the kitchen

Suparna said...

hi lisa,
how are u doin?!nice to see a super yummy recipe from u!

Parita said...

Oh my what delicious and flavorful cheesecake! would love to have with a dollop of fresh cream..yummmm!

Unknown said...

i tried making bread with pumpkin..cake looks delicious..would love to trythis...

jm said...

thanks for the recipe! i'm gonna add this to my collection.


Ivy said...

A great looking cheesecake. Have never tried it with pumpkin yet.

The Food Hunter said...

What a delicious looking cheesecake!

cookeaze said...

I am so excited about these cheesecake. They are going to be great!! I have looked for a good recipe forever. I bet this will be the one and i will be anxious to make these. Thanks for such good recipes.

Ricki said...

Looks wonderful, and with just the right combination of spices. And I bet the homemade puree makes a huge difference!

test it comm said...

That pumpkin cheesecake looks so good!

Yum Yucky said...

All of your food looks amazing! I want to grab it out of the computer! I can do that, ya know.

Shaheen said...

I am honestly drooling over this cheesecake. I think I am going to make it this weekend with some of my home-grown squashes. I love the kahlua touch my favourite tipple.
Thank you for sharing.

eatme_delicious said...

Yum this looks so good! I haven't had a chance to make a pumpkin cheesecake yet this year.

eatme_delicious said...

There's an award on my blog for you! =)

Nina Timm said...

I have seen so many cheesecake recipes of late, that I am inspired to try...you have just pushed me over the edge with this easy version!!!

Spice Rack said...

This pumpkin cheese cake looks good. I'll have to try this for Thanksgiving!

Susan said...

I'm all about the filling. This looks heavenly, Lisa, with far fewer calories and work. I bake traditional crust pies for others; this, I would (will) bake for myself.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Looks delicious, Lisa. I really must get started on using pumpkin in desserts and sweets.

Happy Thanksgiving.