Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

“PROMISE YOURSELF TO WAKE UP EVERY MORNING WITH A THANKFUL HEART, AS THOUGH EACH DAY WAS THANKSGIVING DAY.”  kiggundu wilson

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie | From My Sweet Heart

My apologies to my baking buddies, from the yet un-named, but little baking group that could, for being late in publishing this post.  This month, we decided to make life a bit easy for ourselves around this hectic time, and simply post a favorite side dish or baked good that typically graces our Thanksgiving tables.  I have to give GREAT credit to all those who blog dinner recipes!  I had two ideas to share.  One was of a sweet potato casserole.  But I have to tell you….trying to get that onto my Thanksgiving dinner table while everyone is sitting around starving, and then saying….“wait….I have to snap a picture first!”…..was a bit tricky.  So to avoid a massive food fight, I opted for dessert instead.  (We baking bloggers definitely have it easier!).  I decided that when everyone fell into their food comas, I would photograph this pie.  Suspiciously, though, there was already a slice cut from it!!!  But I couldn’t be upset.  I’m a big advocate of  ‘eat dessert first’!  And it was THAT good.  I couldn’t decide between making a pumpkin cheesecake or a pumpkin pie.  So I combined both into this luscious pumpkin cheesecake pie!  A perfect ending to a lovely day. . . . .

 

You know, we all have days or periods of time, when life can get you down.  But if you can allow yourself to just step back and gain some perspective, you will always find that you have much more to be thankful for than you think.  For me, it always helps to put my focus on doing for others.  That’s the greatest way to realize how much you have…..TO GIVE!

With that said, I am giving you pumpkin cheesecake pie!  Sweet, creamy, and still very light.  I used a cream cheese pie crust which was perfect for this pumpkin dessert!

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie | From My Sweet Heart

The crust is usually my favorite part of the pie.  Crazy, no?  But I love the bottom of the pie crust after it’s been saturated with whatever pie filling you make.  I should figure out how to develop that into some sort of cookie!  This cream cheese pie crust is my go to crust for many fruit pies and tarts.  It’s extremely easy to work with and is just about foolproof!

 

Yields:  8 slices

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

 

CREAM CHEESE CRUST:

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 13 Tablespoons of butter, chilled and cubed
  • 5 ounces of cream cheese, chilled
  • 5 Tablespoons of heavy cream
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of ice water
  • 1 egg beaten with a splash of water

Place both flours and salt in the bowl of your food processor and pulse for about 10-15 seconds to combine.  Add the cream cheese, butter and cream.  Process until the mix forms a ball and begins to pull from the sides of the bowl.  If the mix seems too crumbly, add 1 Tablespoon of the ice water until it forms a mass.  Flatten into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.  Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface and fit into your pie plate.  I always like to refrigerate the pie plate for about 30 minutes as well.  And I often like to cut out a few small shapes, in this case they were leaves, to use to decorate the top of the pie or the rim of the crust.

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie | From My Sweet Heart

CREAM CHEESE FILLING:

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 of a cup of sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon of pure vanilla extract

Place the cream cheese and the sugar in the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Blend until creamy.  Add the beaten egg and the vanilla extract and continue to blend until light and creamy.  Some small lumps of cream cheese may remain and that is ok!

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie | From My Sweet Heart

PUMPKIN FILLING:

  • 3/4 of a cup of sugar
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of allspice
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 15 ounces of pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup of evaporated milk
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.  Add the pumpkin puree, evaporated milk and the beaten eggs and whisk until combined. 

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie | From My Sweet Heart

TO ASSEMBLE:

There are a couple of ways you may assemble this pie.  I poured the pumpkin mix into the bottom of the prepared pie dough.  I spooned dollops of cream cheese around the top of the pumpkin mix and swirled them with the tip of a knife.  But the top of the pie looked too white for me and I ended up just stirring the mix together in the crust.  You can swirl as much or as little as you’d like to achieve the look you want.  You may also layer the pie.  Put the cheesecake layer on the bottom, and gently spoon the pumpkin mix on top.  Or start with the pumpkin mix as the bottom layer and add the cream cheese layer on top.  You can also totally mix the cream cheese mix into the pumpkin mix before pouring into your shell.

Bake in a preheated 425°F oven for 15 minutes.  Then reduce the temperature of your oven to 350°F and continue to bake for another 40-45 minutes.  The middle should jiggle very slightly.  Cool completely before cutting.

NOTE:  I like to brush my crust with eggwash before baking to give it a golden, shiny look.  You may have to put foil or a pie crust cover over the crust if it looks like it is browning too quickly.  I also added the little leaf dough cut outs I made with the dough scraps.  I brushed a little egg wash on the bottom to help them stick, and then placed them randomly around the edge of the crust.  I brushed the cut outs with egg wash and gave a sprinkling of sugar before baking.

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie | From My Sweet Heart

I hope you enjoy this wonderful compromise between pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake!  And please visit my fellow bakers to see what they cooked up on Thanksgiving!  I think it’s really cool that enthusiastic bakers from D.C. to Colorado to the Cayman Islands to Australia all come together to bake each month.  If you would like to join in, we’d love to have you!

Simply Sweet Justice

The Orgasmic Chef

The Deep Dish

 

Enjoy and find gratitude, even for the smallest, simplest things every day!

:-P

 

Recipes inspired by the Libby’s pumpkin can, King Arthur’s Flour and Baking.

Comments

  1. Oooh, the cheesecake in the name will always get me! This pie looks fabulous, sweet Anne! I love that you used cream cheese in the crust too. Will have to try that someday. Have a fabulous Sunday!
    xoxo

    • Thanks Anna! And I know you are ‘pumpkin’d out’ and some of my visitors may be, too. But I still have a little pumpkin in me. Though your chocolate pomegranate cake is calling my name! And that cake stand (which I collect) is just beautiful! : )

  2. What a delicious festive pie my friend I love it! :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  3. This looks so good, Anne! I made a pumpkin swirl tart for Thanksgiving that had a cheesecake-type filling. It was a big hit and this looks like it was too!

  4. Pumpkin plus cheesecake sounds like heaven! Beautiful pie!

  5. WOW, Anne! This looks like a perfect Thanksgiving dessert. I love your cut-outs on the crust. You are so creative! I am going to have to try your cream cheese pie crust because it sounds way better than any other pie crust that I’ve tried. Besides, cream cheese has a tendency to make anything delicious. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Hi Claire and thanks! I’m glad our little group shared some of our Thanksgiving treats! I love your brussel sprouts, especially with your addition of pancetta! Brussel sprouts are one of my most favorite veggies…taking a close second to peas! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! : )

  6. That was a brilliant idea to combine pumpkin pie and cheesecake, wow, does that look good! I would have been the one sneaking the piece before you could get to photograph it! :)

  7. I really like the idea of the cream cheese pie crust – I don’t believe I’ve ever had that. Definitely something I want to try. And your pie looks so great! Wonderful flavors. I’m not surprised there was a piece missing when you went to photograph it! Had I been there, I’m pretty sure two pieces would have been missing!

  8. I love pumpkin cheesecake! This pie sounds fantastic! I love the leaf cutouts!

    • Thanks Jessica! And I’d love to be dunking one of your beautiful cranberry biscotti into a cup of coffee right now! They look fabulous! : )

  9. A pumpkin cheesecake combo sounds amazing!!!! And I had to giggle that someone had taken a slice before you photographed it! PS…love the quote today!

  10. You know, I never thought of it, but yes – your bakers do have it easier. You can bake something one day and take a picture the next. I’d probably gross everyone out if I waited a day to take pictures of some of the things I cook. I tried it with quiche once and…….we just won’t go there. :) You’ve done it again with another great dessert. B and I neither one are fans of traditional pumpkin pie, but I bet we both would love a cheesecake pumpkin pie! It looks delicious!!!! Great job my friend! BTW – amen to your opening quote and hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday weekend!

  11. Oh my word would you look at this over the top to die for I’d eat it all by myself if I could creation!!!! Virtual high five for you Anne this is beautiful. As a fellow baker I know what you mean about the challenges in taking pictures of savory foods. Thanks for sharing and for your inspiring words.

  12. Amazing cheesecake pie. I love the idea of the two together and made a chocolate pumpkin cheesecake(sorta) pie this year. Of course, my crust was store bought and not gorgeously homemade like your pie crust. :) Your pie looks amazing and I bet each bite was heavenly. I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family Anne!!

    Love the knife with “Life is Sweet” engraved…. it’s perfect for you. :)

    • Thanks so much Ramona! And your gingerbread milkshakes look so pretty! I’m sure I could suck back several….and in a short time! : )

  13. Ohhh, I love the idea of chesecake AND pie! And even better with pumpkin pie!

    • Thanks Stephanie and I love your cute yarn wreaths! So easy and I think I’d make one for every season and every occasion! : )

  14. If this isn’t one of the most brilliant things ever! I also love the look of your crust…can’t wait to see what the group comes up with (I’m excited, to say the least) =)

  15. Beautiful pumpkin pie, one of my favorites! I like your idea of the cookie/pie crust idea and would love to see you develop it ;-)

  16. Anne! Wow! Gorgeous pie – I’m afraid if this was within range, I’d have helped myself to a slice. Beautiful photos as always – and the good news – I can now get pumpkin puree in this country!

  17. Who needs side dishes when you can skip to a BRILLIANT dessert like this. Swooooooon :)

    • Thanks Carsley….looking forward to the next baking assignment and so grateful that it doesn’t involve royal icing! ‘- }

  18. This cheesecake pie sounds amazing Ann. I would have loved to join your Thanksgiving dinner just so I can have some. I love the pumpkin cheese combo. This year was the first time I tried it, definitely not the last

  19. Delicious, Anne! I love your “Life is Sweet” prop, where did you find that?! I am going to try your recipe for pie crust, I really would love to make a crust that I am happy with and proud of. I have yet to accomplish that.

    • Thanks Kris. I actually found that pie server at Tuesday Morning…a kind of designer goods indoor flea market store. I just had to have it! I love your pumpkin roll bars. What a great alternative since my cake rolls always look a little wonky! : )

  20. Unfortunately I missed all kinds of possible pies this Thanksgiving and now I see your GORGEOUS pumpkin cheesecake pie! Sigh! I so wish I have a piece, even a tiny slice!!!! I love the decorations on the edge, and the filling looks so perfect!

    • Thanks Nami….so sorry you missed out on Thanksgiving pies….but there’s always a reason and a season. Your panko fried prawns are just beautiful! I always love your photography and sense of food styling! : )

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