Thursday, November 8, 2007

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Torte


The nutty graham cracker crust makes this dessert extra special.





You will need:
CRUST:
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup walnuts - chopped fine
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup (5 tablespoons) butter - melted

CREAM CHEESE FILLING:
- 12 ounces cream cheese - softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs

PUMPKIN FILLING:
- 15 ounces (1 can) solid packed pumpkin
- 3 eggs - separated
- 3/4 cup sugar - divided
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
- 1/4 cup cold water

- 8 ounces (1 tub) whipped topping

HOW TO

CRUST:
In a medium bowl, mix the crumbs, walnuts, sugar and cinnamon together.
Stir in melted butter until all is moistened.
Press into an ungreased 13x9 baking dish.

CREAM CHEESE FILLING:
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
Beat in a sugar and eggs until fluffy.
Pour over the crust and bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until set.
Allow to cool.

PUMPKIN PIE FILLING:
In a large saucepan, combine the pumpkin, egg yolks, 1/2 cup of sugar, milk, cinnamon and salt.
Cook and stir over low heat 10-12 minutes or until mixture thickens.
Remove from heat.
In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water, let stand for 1 minute.
Over low heat, stir the gelatin until it is dissolved completely.
Stir in the pumpkin mixture, allow to cool.
Beat the egg whites, with the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until stiff peaks form. May not get real stiff but will become thick and glossy.
Fold into the pumpkin mixture.
Pour pumpkin mixture over the cream cheese layer.
Top with a layer of whipped cream topping.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until completely set.

Recipe from RecipeTips.com

2 comments:

Anna said...

Cheryl, this recipe is much more interesting than plain pumpkin pie. I might have to change my menu a bit. I'd planned on making a sour cream pumpkin pie with streusel topping, but I like the idea of doing something with cream cheese. What to do.....what to do...

CherylStJ said...

Anna, I just made the layered pumpkin pie, with a layer of cream cheese and a pecan streusel topping. I didn't get a piece :-( but it was a huge hit. I plan to make another for Thanksgiving.