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Bo's Pumpkin Cheesecake

Author/Submitted by: Bo's Desserts, Portland, Oregon
Servings: 32
Categories: Cheesecakes / Desserts

2  cups  graham cracker crumbs
3/4  cup  ground toasted hazelnuts, * see note
1/2  cup  granulated sugar
1/2  cup  melted butter or margarine, (1 stick)
4  8 oz pkgs  cream cheese, softened
2  cups  granulated sugar
1  tablespoon  vanilla
1/2  cup  sour cream
1/2  cup  whipping cream
1 1/2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon
3/4  teaspoon  ground ginger
3/4  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
1/4  teaspoon  ground cloves
1/4  cup  all-purpose flour
8    eggs
3  cups  canned pumpkin
    (slightly less than 1 29-ounce can)

To make crust: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray the bottom and sides of 2 10-inch springform pans with nonstick cooking spray. Line sides of pans with parchment or wax paper. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, hazelnuts, sugar and melted butter. Mix well and divide evenly between prepared pans. Press firmly over the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of the pans. To make filling: In a large bowl, use a heavy-duty electric mixer to combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth; add sour cream and whipping cream. Scrape the sides of the bowl and continue beating. Add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and flour. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in pumpkin. Divide evenly between prepared pans. Bake 20 minutes, then lower oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake for another hour or until the cheesecakes feel firm to the touch. Turn oven off and let cheesecakes cool in the oven with the door slightly ajar, about 1 hour. This should prevent cracking (if a crack appears, simply blend some sour cream, powdered sugar and vanilla and spread over the top when ready to serve). Cool, cover and refrigerate or freeze cheesecakes. If frozen, unwrap and either thaw overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature for several hours, cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator.

This makes two cheesecakes. You can serve one and freeze the other for later use. If serving fresh, make up to 5 days in advance. For longer storage, freeze in pan, covering top tightly with aluminum foil; may be frozen up to 2 months. * To toast hazelnuts, spread the shelled nuts in a shallow pan and roast in a 275-degree oven for 20 - 30 minutes or until the skins crack. To remove skins, rub nuts while warm with a rough cloth.

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