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Indeed, cheesecake ribboned with pumpkin is such a hit, that naturally, it needs its own calendar date. National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day is October 21. How to observe this eclectic yet mouthwatering holiday? Simple - by preparing and eating pumpkin cheesecake, of course! In the spirit of celebration, don’t forget to take an insta-worthy photo of your creation and use #PumpkinCheesecakeDay to post on social media. Now get baking!
Ah, the delectable cheesecake. It’s no wonder it tops the charts as a favorite dessert. When baked to perfection with a golden top and firm edge encasing a rich, creamy interior, there is no greater indulgence. Except when there is… Imagine swirling that deliciousness with the most iconic October ingredient known to man: Pumpkin.
As much a fall staple as jewel-toned foliage, and cozy sweaters, this season is pumpkin’s time to shine. The beloved gourd’s vibrant orange hue, versatility, and deep American roots make it a number one choice for culinary dishes during Autumn.
Originally referred to as “pumpions”, after the French “pompon” (a nod to its rounded shape), pumpkins were one of the first foods Europeans brought back from the New World. Ever the pie-making culture, the English naturally brought recipes for pumpkin pie along with them on the Mayflower. Lo and behold, pumpkins were grown in abundance in Plymouth Colony, eventually becoming one of the hallmark foods which sustained the Pilgrims during the long first winter. When the harvest festival was observed, pumpkin pie was likely a popular dish used to celebrate the New Englanders’ survival, and continues to grace our Thanksgiving feasts to this day.
To this day, cultures around the globe enjoy their own version of cheesecake, with varying consistencies and toppings, each of course claiming that theirs is the best (none as vehemently as New York’s classic though!) And while it’s unclear as to the origin of the combination of pumpkin and cheesecake, it’s not surprising that some foodie genius decided to enjoin these 2 fares, acknowledging that if delicious eaten separately, imagine how scrumptious their union would taste.
Predating the invention of pumpkin pie, forms of cheesecake have been recorded since as early as the Greeks in 2000 BC! Lauded on the Greek island of Samos as a good source of energy (you have our full permission to bear this in mind next time you cut a slice!), there is evidence that it was served to athletes during the first Olympic Games in 776 B.C, as well as at weddings.
Try out these tips and tricks for a perfectly decadent, evenly swirled treat, every time.
Tip #1 – Use a Water Bath
Use a water bath when baking your cheesecake to ensure even heat distribution and no cracks.
Tip #2 – Alternate Batter Layers
Alternate batter layers - start with the pumpkin mixture, then pour the sweetened cream cheese batter over it, and top with dollops of pumpkin batter.
Tip #3 – Swirl Batters Together
Swirl the batters together using a long wooden skewer or a butter knife.
Tip #4 – Try More Than One Recipe
Consider trying more than one recipe, as there is a plethora of options: No-Bake, Triple Layer, Double Layer, Marbled, Salted Caramel…. Mmm.
Tip #5 – Use Gingersnap Crust
Use a gingersnap crust instead of the traditional graham cracker crust for a spicy flavor which pairs wonderfully with pumpkin.