I was actually a very good little blogger and took pictures throughout the process of making the cheesecake, but before I show you those I'll tell you this: that thing was a LOT of work. Granted, the directions were very up front and I knew it would be a lot of work, but my goodness. And at the end of the day, I think it just tasted like pumpkin pie, so I think next time I'll save myself the work and just make a regular 'ole pumpkin pie!
Here's the line-up of ingredients:
Eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, butter, ginger snaps, and flour
According to the directions, the prep time was 35 minutes. This included:
Straining the pumpkin,
Crushing the ginger snap cookies,
Mixing the ginger snaps with butter, pressing into a crust, and baking the crust,
And mixing up all the other ingrediants.
Whew! After I got all of that done, it was time to pour the filling into the crust, put it in the oven for an hour to bake, and pray that everything would turn out alright.
I did all of the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen while I was waiting for it to bake. After the 1 hour bake time, I had to turn the oven off but leave the cheesecake in the oven as it cooled for a half hour.
Total time elapsed so far: About 2 hours and 5 minutes.
After the half hour in-oven cooling period, I had to take it out of the oven and let it stand for 45 minutes.
It looked pretty darn good so far though. Very encouraging.
After the 45 minutes of standing, I got to break the cheesecake free from the spring form pan and set it on my fancy cake stand. But we weren't done yet. Next it needed to chill for at least 4 hours.
THEN it would be done.
I was doing this in the evening, so i just slid the cheesecake onto my cake stand, covered it with the glass cover, and stuck it in the garage for the night since it's quite chilly in there.
Total time it took to prepare the pumpkin cheesecake: About 7 hours. Good grief.
But see how good it looked!
Anything that takes 7 hours to prepare better look and taste ridiculously delicious.
As I mentioned, it really just ended up tasting like regular pumpkin pie if you ask me, so it didn't really seem to be worth the 7 hour prep time, but it was very good. I love cheesecake, so I would definitely be willing to endure the lengthy prep time for a regular cheesecake, but for something that just ended up tasting like pumpkin pie, I don't know if I'd do it again.
If anyone's interesting in braving the 7 hour prep time for this dessert, let me know and I'll get you the recipe!