My entire family looks forward to Thanksgiving. Each year I begin prepping our menu with ease, concentrating on the proven classics. Theres just one particular dish were in vast disagreement on…and that dish is…Pumpkin Pie. I love pumpkin bread, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin ice cream… but Pumpkin Pie holds the record for being one of the very few pumpkin flavored items I DON’T enjoy. My husband on the other hand loves that darned pie! This year I had to innovate a happy compromise…lets combine my love of cheesecake with American Tradition. Voila! Pumpkin Cheesecake a la Van was born.
Don’t be one of those sorry saps I see lugging a 50” Costco Pumpkin Pie out of the parking lot. Make your guests remember this blessed holiday of gluttony with this tantalizing take on the perennial favorite.
If you’re hesitant, listen to this. My stubborn husband just proclaimed this the best dessert he’s had in YEARS. Traditionalists beware—after making my version of Pumpkin Cheesecake…you just may be a convert.
I used Triple Ginger Snaps from Trader Joe’s to make the crust.
This silicone sling makes is very easy to lift out the cheesecake pan (purchase here).
If you use your Instant Pot on the counter under your cabinets, this is an awesome accessory that diverts the steam downward and away from your cabinets (purchase here)