How to Use Fresh Pumpkin
Substitute 1 cup mashed cooked fresh pumpkin for the canned pumpkin. Prepare crust and batter as directed, mixing 3 Tbsp. flour with the cream cheese, sugar and SPLENDA® Granulated, and adding 1 container (8 oz.) BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream to cream cheese mixture with the pumpkin, spice and vanilla. Bake 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.