Balancing the spices to create that Pumpkin pie taste is a tricky thing. Not enough and it taste bland. Too much and it overpowering. So I worked hard to get that perfect blend.
The Vanilla Beans mixed with the flour allow all the flavors to come together smoothly. The small amount of flour help with the thickening and stabilizes of the cheese cake. Like the magic ingredient.
Make this the day before as it set up nicely given eight hours. It's a very light cheese cake.
I hope you enjoy the recipe, let me know how you like it. Auntie E
Auntie E's Pumpkin Cheese Cake
In the mixer put all ingredients at once.
4 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
1 Cup of Flour
1 large Egg
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 cup Coconut Palm Sugar ( I use Wholesome Organic )
Mix in mixer for about 3minutes until it forms a smooth ball.
Spread on bottom and up the sides (about 3/4) of a Spring form 10" pan. Use your hand it is easier to work with.
24 oz of Cream Cheese- regular not low fat. At room temp.
3/4 cup Maple Sugar (you can get this at Trader Joe's or online*)
3/4 cup Fine Sugar
15oz can pure pumpkin ( I use Libby, but make sure is is only Puree Pumpkin)
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon each of : Ground Ginger, Ground Nutmeg and Ground Cloves.
1 teaspoon Saigon Ground Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Flour
a pinch of Vanilla Beans
3 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Prep for the filling:
- Mix the flour and vanilla bean together and set aside.
- Mix the spices together and set aside.
- Mix the sugars together and set aside.
Cream the cream cheese together until creamy, about 4 minutes. gradually add in the sugar mixture at 1/4 cup at a time. Beating well after each addition.
Add the puree pumpkin to the mixture beat well
Blend and the Spice Mixture
Add the sour cream. Blend well, stirring to make sure all the ingredients are blend from bottom and side.
Add the eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition. Ending with the Yolk.
Stir in the Flour Mixture , blend well
add the Vanilla extract, stir.
Pour into Crust lined Spring form pan. Place Pan on a sheet pan and bake at 350 F for 1 hour.
Turn off oven and open oven door and let cool for 30 minutes.
Cover top with plastic wrap and chill for 8 hours. (Best if made the day before.)
copyright 2015 by "Auntie E Cookbook/M Dubros"
*Maple Sugar has 11 calories compared to Sugar which has 15( per teaspoon). Total Carbohydrate 2.7 g compared to sugars 4. The Maple sugar I use is from SugarBush Farms.