Nothing says Ultimate Thanksgiving Dessert like Pumpkin Cheesecake and this one just happens to be sugar free. Your guests will be licking the plates.
I like to 'hunt' at TJMaxx and one of my finds was a bag of 'The Ginger People' Crystallized Ginger slices - that has been sitting in my kitchen cabinet waiting for a pumpkin holiday. I added a heaping tablespoon of chopped Ginger People ginger to my pumpkin cheesecake crumb crust and it took this recipe over the top. It adds 9 grams of sugar to the entire recipe but is priceless in flavor. These tender little candied ginger slices can be found online at Amazon if you click this link. (opens in new window)
I have heavily criticized Splenda Brown Sugar for Baking, for not making it clear on the label that it contained sugar and I felt the name Splenda meant 'no sugar' and could trick some who could not have sugar. In this dish, I wanted the flavor of brown sugar without stomach cramping sugar alcohols, as this is a cheesecake for a family holiday gathering. Swap out for half the measurement of Truvia Brown Sugar or double the Splenda granulated if this greatly concerns you.
For the Crust:
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup 'The Ginger Man Crystalized Ginger Slices', at Amazon, Whole Foods or specialty markets - if you don't have this, leave out completely
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour (this is necessary unless you want oily sub par crust)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
For the Filling
- Four, 8 ounce packages Philadelphia cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup Splenda Brown Sugar for Baking
- 1/2 cup Splenda, granulated (or instead use 1/4 cup Truvia Baking Blend)
- 1 cup solid pack pure Libby's pumpkin (not pie filling)
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour (use the flour, no substitutions)
- 4 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 325 F. In a food processor, pulse together the pecans, crystallized ginger, flours, and cinnamon until even in texture and there are no large pecan pieces - add the butter and pulse a few times until mixture resembles damp sand.
- Firmly press into the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan and set aside.
- Wipe out the food processor - no need to wash. Pulse the Splenda (or Truvia) with the cream cheese until very smooth.
- Add the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and flour, blend until well combined.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition.
- Pour into crust and bake until puffed and set around edges but still a bit soft near center - 50 to 60 minutes.
- Cool to room temperature - then chill before serving.