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Old October 26, 2011   #14
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Pumpkin Chiffon Cheesecake

Prep: 1 hour
Chill: overnight
Bake: 35 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

Crust and Cheesecake Layer:
14 boards Graham Crackers (about 2 cups crushed)
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup half-and-half
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Pumpkin Chiffon Layer:
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin (not pie filling)
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup half-and-half
1 tablespoon powdered egg whites (see Note)
3 tablespoons warm water
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Crust and Cheesecake Layer:
2. In bowl, mix crumbs, butter, sugar and cinnamon. Press over bottom and 1-3/4 inches up side of 9-inch springform pan (see photo 1, at right).
3. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, eggs, sugar, half-and-half, flour and allspice. Pour into graham crust.
4. Bake in 350 degree F oven 35 minutes or until center is set. Transfer to rack; let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate.
Pumpkin Chiffon Layer:
5. While cheesecake is chilling, in medium-size bowl, stir together pumpkin, 1/2 cup of the sugar, egg yolk, salt and allspice.
6. In small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over water. Let stand until gelatin softens, 5 minutes. Add half-and-half. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until gelatin is dissolved.
7. Stir small amount of warm half-and-half mixture into pumpkin mixture; stir pumpkin mixture into half-and-half mixture in saucepan. Place over medium heat; cook, stirring constantly, for 10 to 13 minutes or until mixture reaches 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer (photo 2).
8. Cool mixture over ice water in large bowl until consistency of sour cream (mixture mounds on top of itself), 6 to 8 minutes (photo 3). Remove from ice water bath.
9. In small bowl, sprinkle powdered egg whites over warm water. Let stand 3 minutes. Beat with mixer until foamy. Gradually beat in remaining sugar until stiff peaks form (photo 4).
10. . Fold egg white mixture into pumpkin mixture (photo 5). Scrape onto cheesecake; smooth top. Cover; refrigerate overnight to firm chiffon. Makes 12 servings. Note: Powdered egg whites are available from The Baker's Catalogue, 800-827-6836 or

Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 405
Fat, total(gm)23
Saturated fat(gm)14
Dietary Fiber, total(gm)1
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