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Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

October 13, 2010

I almost sat out of this month’s You Want Pies with That? competition.  I’m trying to eat less sweets and honestly, I’ve been really busy.  My blog posts in general have kind of dropped down.

But I sat out of this blogging event last month.  So two months in a row of no pie entries was liable to get me kicked out of the group (although I am not sure if that is actually true or not).  And really, what I should focus on is portion control rather than elimination of sweet foods.  What I do know, though, is that as far as pies go, Pumpkin is a pretty darned healthy choice, portion control or not.

This month’s theme was focused on Halloween and what’s more October 31st oriented than Pumpkin Pie?  But I couldn’t just make your average Jack-o-Latern pie.  I needed to take it up a notch to make it truly blog worthy.  So, adding in this mostly-decorative spider web design with a cheesecake filling really fit the bill!

Remind me to get a decorative plastic spider next time I serve this pie.  And believe me, there will be a next time.

I love that this group is posting this theme 2 weeks prior to your Halloween festivities.  This way you’ll have plenty of pies to choose from when deciding what dessert to make for a spooky evening in October.  No post-holiday round ups!

This dessert is also being entered into the Ghoulishly Good Halloween Recipe Contest at Recipes4Living.

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Feel free to use the cheesecake to make any decoration for any holiday!  Stripes, checks, flowers.

Halloween Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie (adapted and inspired from these recipes)
for the pumpkin filling
1 15oz can packed pumpkin puree
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
3 eggs

for the cheesecake (you will have a lot leftover)
8 oz cream cheese
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup white sugar

chocolate cookie crust (9″)

To make the pumpkin filling, beat eggs with sugar.  Add spices, pureed pumpkin, and evaporated milk.  Whisk to combine.

To make the cheesecake filling, beat cream cheese until softened.  Add sugar and incorporate beaten egg.  Add vanilla.  Whisk until smooth.

To assemble pie: pour pumpkin filling into cookie crust.  Pour cheesecake filling into a zip top bag and snip off end.  To make spider web design, lightly pipe concentric circles of cheesecake into the pumpkin filling.  Using a clean knife, drag the blade of a knife from the outside of the pie towards the center, wiping the knife between drags.

Bake in a 300 degree oven for 60 minutes.

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28 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2010 5:58 pm

    This looks outstanding!

  2. October 13, 2010 6:00 pm

    Wow. wow. wow! This is such a perfect Halloween dessert! I love it!

  3. October 13, 2010 9:19 pm

    Yum! The chocolate cookie crust with the pumpkin looks outstanding. And I love the spiderweb design for Halloween.

  4. Becca :-) permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:22 pm

    Oh yes…..I am sooooo making this!! It is as beautiful as it is tasty!!!

  5. October 13, 2010 11:33 pm

    Mmm, this looks so yummy and I love the spider web design on top! Hope you put the extra cheesecake to good use too 🙂

  6. October 14, 2010 12:41 am

    What a beautiful design on the top of your pie. Pumpkin cheesecake sounds like the perfect dessert, not just for Halloween but for anytime.

  7. October 14, 2010 5:28 am

    This is simply gorgeous! Loving your photography here, and that cheesecake pie? omg sounds amazing!!

  8. brannyboilsover permalink*
    October 14, 2010 5:33 am

    Thank you, everyone, for these wonderful comments. They make me feel great.

  9. October 14, 2010 6:12 am

    This looks great! I love it!

  10. October 14, 2010 8:31 am

    This looks so pretty and delicious! I’ll definitely have this one on my Thanksgiving Dessert Menu!

  11. October 14, 2010 8:46 am

    So pretty — I’m going to have to make this!

  12. October 14, 2010 8:55 am

    That looks great! What a pretty design.

  13. October 14, 2010 9:09 am

    This looks wonderful! I love the spider web effect. I was looking for a pumpkin pie that was different. Thanks for posting.

  14. October 14, 2010 9:18 am

    I LOVE pumpkin cheesecake and I adore this festive design!!

  15. October 14, 2010 3:14 pm

    Gorgeous (and yummy!), Branny!

  16. mama permalink
    October 14, 2010 5:05 pm

    the chocolate crust looks great! will you do another one for thanksgiving? i am sure it will be a big hit!

  17. October 15, 2010 8:53 am

    That is awesome! I don’t think I could even begin to try making such a cool design on the top of a pie!

  18. October 15, 2010 9:58 am

    Thank you for not including the spider. They creep me out! This would definitely be the perfect Halloween treat.

  19. October 15, 2010 3:15 pm

    What a fun treat! That would be the perfect entry for our Halloween Recipe Contest! You can read all about it here. I hope you decide to enter it!

  20. themilkmanswife permalink
    October 15, 2010 10:19 pm

    Gorgeous!! Looks so so good. I love the idea of the chocolate crust with these flavors. It’s the perfect Halloween pie! Great job!

  21. October 16, 2010 5:02 pm

    Looks great! What do you recommend doing with the leftover cheesecake?

    • brannyboilsover permalink*
      October 16, 2010 5:07 pm

      Line a muffin tin with cupcake wrappers and place a Vanilla Wafer in the bottom of each paper. Pipe a little of the leftover cheesecake into the cupcake paper for mini-cheesecakes!

  22. October 17, 2010 6:47 am

    That sounds delicious, plus it’s so cute! I love the spider web pattern

  23. October 17, 2010 8:48 am

    gorgeous pie, and great pictures, Branny!

  24. October 17, 2010 3:01 pm

    This is amazing! I love everything about it and your swirls are SO perfect!

  25. October 18, 2010 9:38 am

    fun stuff! this looks fantastic!

  26. Whitney permalink
    October 18, 2010 6:59 pm

    I want to try this. It looks so good in the picture, I’m salivating. I’m going to a give it a shot one weekend real soon. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  27. October 21, 2010 2:28 am

    Yum! That looks so beautiful, but still looks comfortingly delicious. And perfectly appropriate for autumn.

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