Pumpkin Cheese Cake Gingersnap Crust

Pumpkin Cheese Cake Gingersnap Crust

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 4 oz gingersnap cookies
  • melted butter

For the Cheese Cake

  • 1lb cream cheese
  • 300g pumpkin puree
  • 200g sour cream
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 150g sugar

For the Maple Cream

For the Glazed Walnuts

  • Sugar
  • Walnuts
  • Toothpicks or bamboo skewers

Method

For the Crust

  1. Crush the cookies, add butter and mix until mixture comes together.
  2. Press mixture into a cheesecake pan to make the curst.

For the Cheese Cake

  1. Cream the cream cheese until smooth, add eggs one at a time, then add sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and cornstarch and beat until creamy.
  2. Add pumpkin puree and sour cream.
  3. Mix until combined.
  4. Fill the prepared cheesecake pan with batter and bake in a water bath, covered with foil at 325'F until the center jiggles like jello.
  5. Chill until sent (a few hours).

For the Maple Cream

  1. Heat milk in a pot.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks and maple syrup.
  3.  Once the milk comes to a boil, gradually add the milk to the eggs (aka tempering the eggs).
  4. Return the mixture to the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the cream thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Strain and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the Tulie Leaves

  1. Weigh the egg whites (left over from making maple cream).
  2. Scale butter, sugar and flour, each equaling the weight of the egg whites.
  3. Cream butter and sugar, add butter and flour. 
  4. Mix until smooth.
  5.  Use a stiff piece of paper to create a stencil of a leaf.
  6. Place the stencil on top of a silpat, use a small spatula to spread a thin layer of the tulie batter over the stencil.
  7. Lift the stencil off the silpat and volia!  You have a leaf.
  8. Bake the leaves at 350'F until slightly golden brown, give them character by shaping them while still hot.

Brushed Chocolate

  1. Chop chocolate into uniform pieces.
  2. Melt them in a bain-marie over barley simmering water, stirring constantly until the chocolate is melted but still contains a few small chunks.
  3. Remove from heat and continue stirring until all of the chocolate has melted.
  4. Using a pastry brush, brush the chocolate onto a piece of parchment paper.
  5. Place chocolate in a cool place to set.
  6. Once set, gently peel the parchment off the chocolate.
  7. Use chocolate as a garnish.

 

 

Source: Recipe from Thanh @ Playing with My Food

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