Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Old-fashioned pumpkin pie gets a new lease on life with the help of cheesecake. Traditional pumpkin pie and cheesecake fillings are layered atop a flaky pie crust. You’ll never look at pumpkin pie the same way again. And that’s a good thing.

All by itself pumpkin pie is kind of, sort of, a yawn fest. It’s not that I hate it. Not at all. Let’s just say it’s near the bottom of my favorite pie list. I eat it mostly because I can’t resist buttery pie crust in any shape or form.

Lately, I’ve been wishing there was more to pumpkin pie than gobs of soft, squishy pumpkin. And now there is.

Cheesecake to the rescue. A thin layer of cheesecake sits underneath the pumpkin filling adding a tangy, creamy bite. It’s not your everyday, plain cheesecake. Candied ginger spices things up, a totally optional addition that I highly recommend. Baking has a calming effect on the zingy ginger leaving behind lots of flavor that pairs perfectly with pumpkin.

Pumpkin pie. . . I believe in you again.

Thanks to cheesecake you’ll never be the same.

Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 (9-inch) pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Old-fashioned pumpkin pie and cheesecake layered atop a flaky crust. You'll never look at pumpkin pie the same way again.

Ingredients:

Pie Crust:
1 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) cold butter, cut into small cubes
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) cold vegetable shortening
3 to 5 tablespoons ice water
Cheesecake Layer:
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature (I used light)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup diced candied ginger (optional)
Pumpkin Layer:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 15-ounce can pumpkin or 1 3/4 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup light cream or evaporated milk
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
whip cream, for serving

Instructions:

    Make the crust:
  1. Whisk together the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter and shortening with a pastry blender or two knives used scissor fashion until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Stir in 3–5 tablespoons of ice water until dough just holds together. Pat into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for a half hour.
  3. Make the Fillings:
    Cheesecake Layer:
  4. In a medium bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium until smooth and creamy. Stir in the egg, vanilla and ginger.
  5. Pumpkin Layer:
  6. In a separate, large bowl whisk the sugar, salt and all the spices together. Add the pumpkin, cream, and eggs. Whisk just until smooth and combined - don't over mix.
  7. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Roll out the crust on a lightly floured surface to 12 - 13 inches in diameter. Press into a 9-inch pie pan (inside top measurement) that is at least 1 +1/2 inches deep. Fold the edges under and flute or make a pattern with a fork.
  8. Spoon the cream cheese filling into the crust and spread out evenly. Gently spoon the pumpkin mixture on top and fill to 1/4 inch from the top. (You may have a little pumpkin left - you can bake it in a small custard cup.)
  9. Bake 15 minutes then turn the heat down to 350 degrees F. and bake 40 - 45 minutes longer. The pie should be mostly set and a little wobbly in the center.
  10. Remove to wire rack to cool then chill completely. Cut into wedges and serve with whipped cream.

Notes:

Adapted from King Arthur

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Comments

  1. Cyndi says

    I have this in the oven right now and it smells so good!! I had a little more filling than would fit in pie crust because I used a store bought one, no time to make homemade, so I put the remainder in a glass baking dish for a late night snack. =) I can hardly wait to taste this!

  2. Malcolm says

    This got rave reviews from my family and that is saying something because the only other dessert I have ever made that received higher praise is the chocolate cake with almonds in Julia Child’s famous cookbook. My pie crust recipe is a little bit different but it was the filling that really won the day. I think I will be taking this to our family Thanksgiving dinner.

      • Jenna says

        Ok thank you!! Making this for thanksgiving and want it to be perfect! Wasnt sure if I needed to add more cream cream if it wasnt a 4 cup.

      • Reeni says

        You’re welcome Jenna! Is the pan bigger than 4 cups? If it is you could probably add 4 more ounces of cream cheese and it would be fine or you could just make it as is and it would still turn out ok! It’s up to you! Let me know if you want to try it and I can write out the recipe with the changes to make it easier for you if you like and e-mail them to you.

  3. Amanda says

    this looks delicious! I am planning on making it today! in terms of baking time, if the crust is a premade crust, do I still need to bake it for 15 mins at the higher temp first?

    • Reeni says

      Hi Amanda! By premade do you mean one you bought at the store – uncooked? The directions would be the same – so yes you would bake at higher temp first. Thanks for making it and Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Jenna says

    This recipe is awesome! Made it for this thanksgiving and my family loved it! The only thing I didnt like was that some of the cheesecake and pumpkin mixed and the cheesecake was peaking through the top. Still good! but didnt like the look.

    • Reeni says

      I’m happy you liked it Jenna! That’s weird that the cheesecake came all the way to the top! Spoon the pumpkin as gently as you can over the cheesecake filling next time and you shouldn’t have that problem. Thanks for making it!

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