Friday, December 20, 2013

Two Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

 Two Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

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This two layer pumpkin pie is delicious!  I was craving a pumpkin cheesecake, but I wanted to keep it in a pastry crust, like a pumpkin pie.  So, I decided to combine the best of both worlds, and make a pumpkin pie with a cheesecake layer!  This is perfect for the holidays, and easy to make.

NOTE: To make the pie over-the-top good, don't forget to serve with whipped cream!

Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 9-inch (store bought) pastry pie shell, unbaked

    For the cheesecake layer:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

    For the pumpkin layer:
  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree (plain - not the pie mix)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup evaporated milk

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350°.
 
In a mixing bowl, use beater to combine cream cheese, egg, 1/4 cup sugar, and vanilla extract, and beat until light and fluffy.
 
Use the back of a spoon to spread the mixture into the unbaked pastry shell.
 
In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Beat in the 2 beaten eggs and the evaporated milk.
 
Pour pumpkin mixture over cream cheese layer. Spread until it is even (if you have to).
 
Bake pumpkin pie at 350° for about 60 minutes, or until set. (After about 20 minutes I had to cover the edge of the pie crust with tin foil so that it wouldn't get too brown.)
 
Cool pumpkin pie thoroughly. Serve with whipped cream or cool whip.

(Like the fancy stars and spotlight focus thingy I used on my photos? Well. I had to, because the only picture I took of the pie was with my iPhone, in a dim room, on a cluttered table... oopsie!)

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So what kind of pie are you having for the holidays? What's your favorite? I really like this cheesecake base, and might try replacing the pumpkin with cherry pie filling on the top next... Cherry Pie is my favorite! :)

1 comment:

Susan Owenby said...

No pie. I am making a cheesecake. One of the only things in the world I seem to be able to make without too much trouble. :)