Pumpkin Cheesecake

29 Nov

Someone over on Facebook was discussing which desserts everyone was making for Thanksgiving… and someone mentioned pumpkin cheesecake. I immediately knew that would be my dessert of choice this year.

Plus… I had pumpkin my Titi Carmín gave me and I wanted to use it all in my Thanksgiving cooking. I used part in my Pumpkin and Spinach Phyllo Pie and the rest of the mashed pumpkin in my Puerto Rican Pumpkin Fritters.

This recipe is an adaptation of 2 recipes I saw on the internet… I mostly followed Martha Stewart’s recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake, but I adapted the recipe to make it vegetarian without using eggs and used fresh pumpkin puree instead of canned pumpkin.

My springform pan is super small – I use a 4 ½” pan – and I use my toaster oven to bake it, I also had to adapt the times given in the original recipes. Because most of you guys probably have regular springform pans and will need to bake this in your regular large ovens, I will give you the original recipe proportions, temperatures and times. If you would like my adapted size, temps and times for using a toaster oven, let me know and I will gladly include too. OK???


10 graham crackers
¼ cup brown sugar
4 tbs butter, melted
4 packs of cream cheese
1 ¼ cups brown sugar
1 tbs cornstarch
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup sour cream
1 tbs cinnamon
A few grates of fresh nutmeg
1 tbs vanilla powder
½ tsp salt
6 tsp egg replacer + 8 tbs water
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees, with rack in center.
  2. In a food processor, grind the 10 crackers into a meal. Add sugar and melted butter and process until well combined and resembles wet sand.
  3. Press the cracker mixture firmly into bottom of 9” non-stick spring-form pan. Bake until golden around edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool a bit before adding the filling.
  4. Reduce oven temp to 300F.
  5. For the filling, add all the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and pulse and process until the ingredients form an homogeneous mix, but stop once it’s all combined. Avoid over-processing.
  6. Place spring-form pan on a rimmed baking sheet. Pour filling into spring-form, and gently smooth top. Tap pan onto the counter a few times to avoid having bubbles and for the batter to settle well. Transfer to oven. Bake for 45 minutes. Turn off oven; let cheesecake stay in oven 2 hours more (without opening the door at all).
  7. Remove from oven and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours to cool completely. Unmold before serving.

I actually ¼ the ingredients in this recipe and It gave me enough batter and crust to make 2 cheesecakes in my 4 1/2” pan. Because I made in the toaster oven, as I saw no need to turn on a large oven for such a small pan, I had to adjust the cooking times because it does not need as much time in the oven as for a larger pan.

The end result is a delicious, delicious cheesecake. This is certainly a winner in my book… a recipe that will stay in my Thanksgiving and Fall repertoire for years to come.

11 Responses to “Pumpkin Cheesecake”

  1. healthygirlandthecity November 30, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    pumpkin + cheesecake = amazing; looks yummy!!!

  2. Myrah Falco Duque November 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm #


  3. Cristina November 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    This looks so yummy and easy to make! Perfect for the holidays 🙂

  4. Natalia November 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Me encantan los cheesecakes y más de este sabor!

  5. Sofia - Living La Vida Blogging November 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Wow, looks great. You can see the spices and the richness of it. Wish I had done it for Thanksgiving. Will consider it for Xmas.

    • KarmaFree Cooking November 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

      Sofía… it’s delicious and easy to make. You should try it.

  6. Yissele November 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    Me encantan todas las recetas con calabasas, gracias por compartirla tengo que hacerla! yummy!


  7. bohemianbabushka December 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    I’m with you- toaster oven whenever possible. Please send me the instructions because it sounds sinful!!! BB2U

  8. Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™ December 3, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    i’ve never used egg replacer… how does it change the texture of the cake?? that’s if you’ve had cake made with eggs and would be able to tell the difference? I’m so curious. Looks good, though!

    • KarmaFree Cooking December 3, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      Bren… it’s my first time MAKING cheesecake. but I have had cheesecakes made the traditional way before in my life. In my opinion, the egg replacer does not change the texture of the cheesecake at all. I have used egg-replacer in cakes before and again, i find it does not change the texture. I have a friend who makes the fluffiest cakes and they do not contain one iota of eggs. It’s all in the technique…

  9. Riquísimo PR December 6, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Que delicioso se ve! Voy a intentarlo!!

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