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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Get A Good Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe To Wow Guests With

By Chasity Sheppard

Having guests over for a meal can be very stressful, especially if you're not a natural born cook. Dessert especially can be trying because the recipes that are easy to make are often for something that's really not that impressive. With a good pumpkin cheesecake recipe, however, it's possible for you to wow you guests without having to wade your way through instructions so complicated you'd need to be a rocket scientist.

Pumpkins are synonymous with North America in the fall. This is the time when these native vegetables are abundant and a staple for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. They're brimming with Vitamin A, beta-carotene and other nutrients and because you can serve them as part of the main course or as dessert, they're a versatile way of getting the kids to eat their veggies.

Cheesecake is a dessert staple that has been around in some form or another for many centuries. It's made mainly of cream cheese or cottage cheese, sometimes with eggs added for an extra rich taste and firmer texture. Sugar provides sweetness while fruit or fruit juice, chocolate, caramel or rose water adds flavor.

While pumpkin pie is a holiday favorite, you can give it a more sophisticated twist by combining it with cheesecake. The pureed squash gives the dessert a beautiful color and cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices provide the taste of tradition. Because of the cheese, the cake has a creamy, smooth texture and is less sweet than a regular pie.

The crust can make or break the cake. Most often people use graham crackers, crushed and then mixed with melted butter. However, you can use any cookie or cracker you'd like to instead of graham crackers. Ginger-flavored cookies bring some added spice, for instance. A luxurious option is to use crushed walnuts or pecans instead of crackers or cookies. A baked pie crust is a good choice too or if you prefer, you can leave out the crust altogether.

Normally the cake is baked at a low temperature but some versions don't require any time in the oven. The most important part is the time the cake needs to spend in the refrigerator so that it can properly set. You'll have to resist the urge to dig in before it's set or you'll end up with a sunken cake.

Relatives and friends are often a good source of recipes. However, you may also find recipes online or in recipe books. There are hundreds of versions, even for ones that use tofu rather than cream cheese so that the cake is suitable for vegans or people who are lactose intolerant.

Your pumpkin cheesecake recipe will make it so much easier to prepare Thanksgiving dinner because it's easy, fuss-free and can be made in advance. It's a great way to keep the peace between feuding relatives too because nobody can argue when their mouth is full. Best of all, you'll be happy to eat Thanksgiving leftovers for the next week.

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