Mary’s Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Cheesecake
I know I’ve been on a pumpkin kick… I just can’t stop thinking about pumpkins! Ever since I tested out my Cream Cheese Frosting on Nerina’s Pumpkin Bars last month, I’ve been craving pumpkin cheesecake. So, here’s what I came up with: Mary’s Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Cheesecake recipe. I made sure to test this one out a few times so that you could have the perfect pumpkin swirl cheesecake. It was so good that I made another one even after the recipe was dialed in!
I can’t help it… I have to tease you a little bit.
This recipe is not a pie, but it did give me a chance to try out my Graham Cracker Crust recipe, which will also be featured in my forthcoming pie cookbook. I can’t wait to try this one in some pie recipes! Make sure to sign up for my newsletter and follow me on Facebook and Instagram to get exclusive updates and pre-order opportunities as the book comes together!
How to Make the Perfect Cheesecake Swirl
Even without the beautiful marbled look, this cheesecake would taste amazing. But adding a little swirl to the overall design really does elevate the whole thing! Here’s how to achieve a beautiful swirl: Add the two batters to the pan in alternating scoops to create a “checkerboard” type pattern. When you create the second layer, you’ll add a scoop of pumpkin on top of the plain batter and vice versa, so there are two stacked layers with opposite patterns. After the batter is all in the pan, take a skewer or a butterknife and dip it into the batter. Pull the knife or skewer through the batter, changing direction a few times, until you are satisfied with the look of the swirl. Be careful not to stick it all the way down into the crust!
How to Easily Cut a Cheesecake (Without the Mess)
Cutting a cheesecake can be difficult. Here’s my pro tip for cutting a cheesecake perfectly every time: Run your chef’s knife under hot water for a minute. Wipe it dry, then make a cut in the cheesecake while the knife is still warm. Repeat this process for each cut to make perfectly clean cheesecake slices… your guests will be impressed!