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Desserts

Candied Pumpkin-Topped Cheesecake

Candied Pumpkin-Topped Cheesecake recipe
photo by:kraft
With candied cubes of fresh pumpkin atop a creamy, spicy cheesecake, this is a pumpkin dessert for true pumpkin lovers.
time
prep:
25 min
total:
6 hr 35 min
servings
total:
16 servings
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What You Need

40
 vanilla wafers, finely crushed (about 1-1/3 cups)
1/4
cup  butter, melted
4
pkg.   (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3/4
cup  sugar
1
cup  BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1
tsp.   ground Mexican cinnamon (canela)
1/2
tsp.  ground cloves
4
 eggs
1
tsp.  whole cloves (about 15)
1
tsp.  anise seed
2
cups  water
8
small   cones (1 oz. each) piloncillo (Mexican brown loaf sugar), coarsely chopped
2
 cinnamon sticks
3
cups  chopped fresh pumpkin (about 1/2-inch pieces)

Make It

HEAT oven to 325ºF.

MIX wafer crumbs and butter until well blended; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.

BEAT cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add sour cream, ground cinnamon and ground cloves; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.

BAKE 1 hour 10 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate 4 hours.

MEANWHILE, place whole cloves and anise seed in 5-inch-square piece of cheesecloth; tie closed with kitchen string. Place in medium saucepan. Add water, piloncillo and cinnamon sticks; bring to boil. Simmer on medium-low heat 40 min., stirring occasionally. Remove and discard cheesecloth pouch. Add pumpkin to water remaining in saucepan; simmer 20 min. or until pumpkin is tender and coated with syrup, stirring occasionally. Cool completely.

REMOVE cinnamon sticks from pumpkin mixture just before serving; spoon pumpkin mixture over cheesecake. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

How to Prepare in 13x9-inch Pan
To bake cheesecake in a 13x9-inch pan instead, prepare as directed except reduce the baking time to 40 min. or until center is almost set.
Substitute
Prepare using PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese.
If You Don't Have Cheesecloth
If you don't have cheesecloth, you can use a small paper coffee filter to make the pouch instead.
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