Everyone is going to love this easy Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Cheesecake topped with whipped cream and ginger cookie snaps. The small 7-inch cheesecake is perfect for the family on a weeknight.
Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Cheesecake
Want to hear a confession? I used to be scared of making cheesecakes. I thought that they were magical desserts that were difficult to make. With a waterbath and temperamental eggs, I thought that making a cheesecake was difficult. And then my friend Barbara from Pressure Cooking Today showed me that I could “bake” a cheesecake in a pressure cooker, I knew I would have to give it a try. First I had to get a 7-inch springform pan, then I dove right into this Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Cheesecake!
Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Cheesecake
- 1 cup Ginger Snaps (about 25 cookies)
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
For the Topping
- Sweetened Whipped Cream
- Caramel Sauce
- Place the ginger snaps into a food processor or gallon sized bag. Break up the cookies until they are finely broken up. Add in the melted butter and mix until well combined.
- Press the wet crumbs firmly into the bottom and up 1 inch of the sides of a 7" springform pan. Put the pan in the freezer until ready to use.
- In a large mixing bowl, blend the room temperature cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla and mix well. Add the room temperature eggs one at a time and mix on low speed just until blended. Do not overmix the batter.
- transfer the batter into the springform pan on top of the crust.
- Pour 1 cup of water into the pressure cooking pot and place the trivet in the bottom. Wrap a long 5-inch wide strip of foil around the outside of the pan to create a "sing" to lower and lift the cheesecake from the pressure cooker. Carefully center the springform pan on the foil strip and lower it into the pressure cooker. Be sure that the foil does not interfere with closing the lid.
- Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and set the timer for 15 minutes. (25 minutes if you like a denser cheesecake.) When beep sounds, turn off pressure cooker and use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then do a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure. When valve drops carefully remove lid.
- Remove springform pan to a wire rack to cool. If there is a little water on top of the cheesecake, gently blot with a paper towel. When cheesecake is completely cooled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- When ready to serve, mix one cup whipping cream with 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar for a sweetened whipped cream. Spread the whipped cream over top, drizzle with caramel sauce and add a garnish of some crushed gingersnaps.
Barbara has some awesome tips on how to make the perfect cheesecake using the pressure cooker. Here’s a few of her pointers :
- Be sure your cream cheese is at room temperature.
- Be sure your eggs are at room temperature.
- Do not overbeat the batter.
- Don’t have the crust go all the way up the sides of the pan.
- Be sure you have a way of removing the cooked cheesecake from the pressure cooker. Barbara shows you how here.
Smooth and creamy! The one thing that I wasn’t expecting was the water on the top of the cheesecake from the condensation in the pressure cooker. I just used a paper towel to dry up the water, but I can see why you don’t want the crust to go up the sides of the pan. Once that cookie crust gets wet, there’s no saving it. But all the moisture keeps the cheesecake from cracking on top.
The smaller size is also perfect for baking a cheesecake on the weekdays. You’re not left with a lot of leftovers – which could be a bad thing depending on your love of cheesecake.
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