Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie for Bloggers CLUE Society

It is time, once again, for a fun little game that we like to call Blogger's CLUE.  Once a month a group of us get together, are given a theme and another blogger and are sent on our way to check out the chosen blogger's site and find a recipe that we want to recreate that fits the theme of the month.  It is a lot of fun and I always look forward to learning more about my fellow bloggers.

So this month, in celebration of Fall, our theme was apples and I was assigned the wonderful and hilarious blog, Lawyer Loves Lunch.  Well, Azmina, may love lunch but she obviously doesn't love apples because there is not one recipe out of her hundreds that contains apples.

So then we extended the theme to include pears.  Guess what?  Yep, no pear recipes either. I had decided that I would make Azmina's Peach Crumble but using apples or pears.  This peach crumble sounds absolutely delicious but be warned, you will have to wipe the tears of laughter from your eyes to be able to read the recipe.

I thought I was all set and then, it turns out, that Azmina is not the only member of our group without apple or pear recipes so the theme was, once again, expanded to include all fall fruits.  I went back into Azmina's recipes and found this wonderful idea for Baked Pumpkin French Toast.  Doesn't that make your mouth water?  Then I came across a recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie and since I have never found a pumpkin pie I didn't love, I decided to give it a try.  I am so glad I did and I hope you give it a try as well and enjoy it as much as we did.

I did have to make some minor adaptations to this recipe. I had Neufchatel cheese in the refrigerator instead of full cream cheese.  I didn't have any pumpkin pie spice so I added nutmeg, allspice and cloves to the filling.  I also was out of milk so I used half and half to mix with the reserved cream cheese mixture.  Other than that I stayed true to the recipe.  There was way too much filling for my store bought graham cracker crust but if you are making your own graham cracker crust in a deep dish pan it would be fine.

We could hide that little oopsie with whipped cream but I wanted to show the swirls.
I also took this opportunity to show off the cutting board that I got for my birthday from our daughter, Nicole and her husband, Pierre.
Don't you LOVE it!!!

Here it is with the oopsie all fixed and ready to be taken to a party.
It was a great hit. 
Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of it sliced before it was all eaten.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie
adapted from Lawyer Loves Lunch

1 c. sugar
3 T. flour
11 oz. Neufchatel Cheese
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/4 t. ground allspice
3 eggs
1 (15 oz) can solid packed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 T. half and half
1 graham cracker crust

In large bowl of stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese, sugar and flour until fluffy, scraping sides often.  Reserve 1/4 c. of this mixture.

Add spices, eggs and pumpkin to the cream cheese mixture and beat well, scraping sides often until filling is smooth,

Pour into pie crust (if using a store bought crust fill until nearly full and reserve remaining filling for another purpose).  In a small bowl combine reserved cream cheese mixture with the half and half until well blended.  Dollop over the pie filling and swirl with a knife, turning the pie 1/4 turn before each swirl.

Bake in a preheated 375* oven for 35-40 minutes, covering loosely with foil if it starts browning too much.  Print Recipe

Look at all these other great recipes using Fall fruits!

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  1. Yumm!! What a great pick to share today - and the cutting board is adorable!!

  2. Oh, boy, what a decadent and yummy pie! And I think most of us have to camouflage a cheesecake topping, but I DO love the swirls!!!

    1. I know Liz, I should have gone ahead and put some water in the oven. I wasn't thinking.

  3. This looks lovely and it looks particularly wonderful on your new board! My daughter got me one a while back and I use it in photos all the time!!

  4. I love the cutting board. The pie looks delish! I am not a huge pumpkin fan but I would need a slice of this, I'm sure. I love how you make a recipe fit what you have in the house! You are such a wise woman!!

  5. Great looking pumpkin cheesecake! I haven't made one in so long that looking at yours is like a siren's call! Beautiful!

  6. Mmmmm, what a delicious choice! Pumpkin...pie...cheesecake - seriously how does it get any better?

  7. The best part of fall is pumpkiny things!!!!!!

  8. What a great dessert! So perfect to celebrate that fall is around the corner. Nice choice!

  9. Hi Wendy! Sadly cooked apples, pears and I don't do so well together (obviously) so I'm glad the theme was expanded to include pumpkins because this is one of my most favorite recipes! And for what it's worth, I too love the rustic look of the swirled picture you posted :)

    1. Hi Azmina, I could have made your peach dish work if need be but I'm glad they expanded it too because I think this is going to be one of our favorite recipes as well.

  10. What a gorgeous pie!!! Looks delicious.

  11. "...before it was all eaten." Those are probably the most complimentary words a cook can hear for a dish! I'd have probably taken that pie and run away if I'd been at the gathering. I love pumpkin pie and any kind of cheesecake so combining the two was a marriage made in heaven.

  12. My sister-in-law and I made a pumpkin cheesecake one Thanksgiving instead of pie and it was quite delicious.
    And hey, I love your "band-aid" fix!


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