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Pumpkin and bourbon and caramel…OH MY!

January 18, 2007

It’s time for another Baby Bananas Baking Segment! Previously, we’ve had a Mother’s Day Lemon Supreme pie, a Father’s Day Carrot Cake, and some dirty-minded sugar cookies. Today’s delectable comes in the form of Pumpkin Cheescake with Bourbon-Pecan Caramel Sauce. Made especially for the celebration of Hanumas.

Here we have the ingredients assembled so as to make sure that I have everything on hand, because believe me when I say it’s a pain in the ass to start baking something only to realize that you only have two eggs when the recipe calls for four.

Crushed ginger snaps and toasted pecans mixed with melted butter will eventually lead to…

…the crust of the cheesecake, seen here just prior to it’s baking.

 

Now it’s time for the fun part – beating (oh how I heart my Kitchen Aid mixer). Sugar, cream cheese and lemon zest are mixed together. The lemon will help to heighten the pumpkin flavor…otherwise it could get lost in the general creaminess that is cheesecake.

 

Once you add the eggs and vanilla you get a really fluffy batter to which you will add the pumpkin. Oh glorious pumpkin. Do you know how hard it was for me to not put in twice the called for amount?

 

I can tell you that even at this stage, it tasted pretty damn good.

 

But there is a purpose to all this, time to add the cream cheese mixture to the crust for what will hopefully be a damn tasty cheesecake.

 

I am scared I will over bake it…here you can see it baking in it’s water bath, all wrapped in foil. The foil keeps the water from seeping in and ruining the crust. The water bath ensures even heating (no hard edges) and helps to avoid cracks in the top of the finished product.

 

Time to chill out, for four, long hours!

 

Now it’s chilled and crumbed out with crushed ginger snaps around the edges (I confess, I did that to hide the mess I made of the edges trying to loosen the cake from the pan).

The only thing that is missing now is the caramel bourbon-pecan sauce and the people to eat it! Unfortunately, that photo resides on Buggie’s camera 😦

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