Chris Broberg,
Executive Pastry Chef, Lespinasse,
2 East 55 Street, NY NY 10022 212/ 339-6719
Pumpkin Cheesecake

Yield: 16 servings from 1 10" cheesecake

  • 50 gingersnap cookies, ground, equivalent to 2 1/2 cups
  • 8 Tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter softened
  • 2lbs or 4 bricks of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • One 16 oz can pumpkin (2 cups)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix cookie crumbs with softened butter in a bowl. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 10" springform cake pan. Bake shell in oven for 10 minutes; let cool.
In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in brown sugar. In a separate small bowl whisk together dry ingredients. Add to batter, scrape down sides of bowl. Beat in eggs one at a time, scrape down sides of bowl. Add vanilla extract and then the pumpkin puree, scrape down sides of bowl. Pour mixture into lined cake pan. Bake in oven for one hour. Turn off oven, crack oven door and leave cake in oven for one additional hour. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire rack. Refrigerate overnight or until chilled through. Unmold and garnish with sweetened whipped cream sprinkled with cinnamon.

Wine Suggestions by Joseph Nase, Wine Director, Lespinasse:
An older Sauterne goes very well with this dessert because it adds a crème brûlée flavor and spiciness. He suggests these ten year-old Sauternes: Chateau Rieussec, Raymond Lafond and Suiduraux.

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