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CP Pumpkin Cheesecake

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar
12 ounces cream or Neufchatel cheese, at room temperature
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup pumpkin puree

PREPARATION:

In a medium bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter, cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of the sugar and a pinch of salt. Press the crumbs over the bottom and 1 inch up the side of a 6-inch springform pan that is at least 3 inches deep.

In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese with the flour, the remaining 2/3 cup of sugar, salt, and spices. Beat at medium-high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Scrape down the side of the bowl and add the eggs and the vanilla. Beat at medium speed until blended. Add the sour cream and pumpkin puree and beat until smooth. Pour the batter into the springform pan.

Fill a 6- to 7-quart round or oval slow cooker with 1/2 inch of water and position a rack in the bottom. Set the cheesecake on the rack. Cover the slow cooker with three layers of paper towels and the lid. Turn the cooker to high and cook for 2 hours without opening the lid.

Turn off the heat and let stand until the slow cooker has cooled, 1 hour.

Remove the lid and the paper towels and transfer the cheesecake to a rack to cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours.

Heat a sharp, thin-bladed knife under hot water; dry the knife. Carefully run the knife around the edge of the cheesecake. Release the spring and lift the cheesecake out of the mold. Cut into wedges and serve.

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