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Pumpkin Cheesecake With Gingersnap and Hazelnut Crust (Vegetarian)

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Pumpkin Cheesecake With Gingersnap and Hazelnut Crust  (Vegetarian)

(Saveur Magazine)

SERVES 12–14

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CRUST:

1¼ cups (about 8 oz.) finely ground gingersnap cookie crumbs

¾ cup finely ground hazelnuts

6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

3 Tbsp. packed light brown sugar

FOR THE TOPPING:

3 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 16-oz. container sour cream

FOR THE FILLING:

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground allspice

¼ tsp. ground ginger

3 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened

4 eggs

½ cup heavy cream

⅓ cup maple syrup

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Make the crust: Heat oven to 325°. Wrap the outside of a 9″ springform pan with foil and set aside. Combine gingersnap crumbs, hazelnuts, butter, and brown sugar 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 topping: Whisk together sugar, vanilla, and sour cream in a medium bowl until smooth; set aside.

3. 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. Add cream, syrup, vanilla, and pumpkin, and mix until smooth. 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. Pour sour cream topping over filling and gently smooth top; continue baking for 5 minutes. Remove springform pan from water bath and let cool completely to room temperature. Chill until set, at least 4 hours or overnight, before serving.

(Photo: Saveur Magazine)

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