Pumpkin Cheesecake With Bourbon-Butter Sauce

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Executive Chef
Jun 3, 2004
Pumpkin Cheesecake With Bourbon-Butter Sauce

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 (8 ounces) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups canned pure pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons bourbon or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

12 servings Change size or US/metric
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1 hour 45 minutes 40 mins prep
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray bottom of 9-inch spring form pan with non-stick cooking spray (do not spray sides).
Wrap outside of pan with heavy duty aluminum foil.
In medium bowl stir together graham cracker, 1/4 cup sugar, orange peel and 1 teaspoon nutmeg.
Add 1/3 cup melted butter; stir until crumbs are well moistened.
Press mixture evenly over bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of spring form pan.
Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
In large bowl beat cream cheese at medium-low speed until smooth.
Beat in 1 cup sugar until smooth.
Add eggs one at a time, beating just until combined.
Beat in sour cream, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, salt and nutmeg.
(Do not overbeat) Pour into spring form pan.
Place spring form pan in large shallow roasting pan or broiler pan.
Fill roasting pan with enough water to come to 1/2 inch up sides of spring form pan.
Bake 65 minutes or until edges are puffed and top looks dull and is dry to touch.
Center should be less set than edges and will move when pan is tapped.
It should ripple as if liquid.
Remove from oven; remove from water bath.
Cool completely on wire rack.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
To make sauce, melt 1/2 cup butter in medium saucepan over medium heat.
Whisk in brown sugar until mixture is smooth.
Whisk in cream and bourbon; bring to a boil.
Pour into medium bowl; cool completely.
Serve with cheesecake.
Refrigerate leftovers.

In the Kitchen

Executive Chef
Aug 25, 2004

You really need springform pan? Have seen this so often and passed it up. Do you get lot of use from them? Thanks


Assistant Cook
Aug 15, 2007
mudbug said:
What leftovers??? thanks for the recipe!
:w00t2: Agreed whole heartedly. I'm going to be making this tonight (with any luck), thank so much for the recipe. Pumpkin is my favorite!
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