PHILADELPHIA Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake
The flavors of autumn are used to create this perfect cheesecake for a cozy day. Fresh pumpkin can be substituted to bring out the freshest of flavors.
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Variation Using Fresh Pumpkin: To prepare cheesecake with fresh pumpkin, substitute 1 cup mashed cooked fresh pumpkin for the 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin. Prepare crust and batter as directed, adding 3 Tbsp. flour with the cream cheese and 1 container (8 oz.) BREAKSTONE'S OR KNUDSEN Sour Cream with the pumpkin. Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour and 15 min. or until center is almost set. Continue as directed.
How to Test Cheesecake Doneness: To avoid overbaking a cheesecake, check for doneness at the minimum baking time by gently shaking the pan. If the cheesecake is done, the edge should be slightly puffed and it will be set except for a small area in the center that will be soft and jiggly. Do not insert a knife into the center as this may cause the cheesecake to crack during cooling.
How to Soften Cream Cheese: Place completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 10 sec. or just until softened. Add 15 sec. for each additional package of cream cheese.