• October 6, 2011

    Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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    Do you love pumpkin pie and swoon for cheesecake? Then I’m pretty sure you’re going to love these. Spiced pumpkin cheesecake batter (yum!) swirled into a gingered sour cream cheesecake batter (double yum!).

    The buttery crust is made with oats, cinnamon and pecans. I could eat it all by itself, it is that good.

    I’m going to keep this post short and sweet, I just wanted to share the pumpkin love with my fellow Canadians before Thanksgiving this weekend!*

    To my American friends, you could make a turkey with the works and celebrate with us ‘nucks! No? Not happening? Okay, well I recommend you at least make pumpkin swirl cheesecake bars as a test-run for your own Thanksgiving…

    *How the heck did that happen?


    For crust:

    • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
    • 2/3 cup large flake oats
    • 2/3 cup finely chopped pecans
    • 2/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 cup butter, melted

    For cheesecake filling:

    • 1 bar cream cheese (250 grams; 8 ounces), softened
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp sugar, separated
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 1 tbsp crystallized ginger, minced
    • 1 cup pumpkin puree (if using canned, look for 100% pure pumpkin NOT pumpkin pie filling)
    • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
    • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


    To make crust:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9?x9?x2? square baking pan by lining with parchment paper or buttering generously.
    2. In a large bowl, stir together first six ingredients. Pour melted butter over top, and stir until moistened. Press firmly and evenly into baking pan. Bake in centre of oven for 20 minutes. Keep oven temperature at 350 degrees.

    To make cheesecake:

    1. In the large bowl of a standing mixer, beat together cream cheese and sour cream. Add 1/2 cup sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Remove 1 cup of cheesecake batter and stir in minced crystallized ginger; set aside.
    2. To remaining batter, add pumpkin puree, remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar, and spices; beat to combine.
    3. Drop spoonfuls of cheesecake batter onto the prepared crust, alternating between the plain and pumpkin batters. Gently swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect. Bake in centre of preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until set (edges will be puff a bit and centre will jiggle only slightly, springing back when gently touched).
    4. Cool on a wire rack, then transfer to refrigerator. Chill at least 2 hours prior to serving.

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    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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