Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 cups shortbread cookies, crushed

  2. 1/4 cup toasted finely crushed almonds

  3. 1/3 cup unsalted butter , melted

  4. 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese , at room temperature

  5. 1 cup packed light brown sugar

  6. 2 cups fresh pumpkin puree

  7. 2 eggs

  8. 4 egg whites, yolks separated

  9. 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

  10. 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

  11. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  12. 3 tablespoons flour

  13. 1/2 cup sour cream or 1/2 cup yogurt

  14. 2 tablespoons Amaretto or 1 teaspoon almond extract

  15. 1 cup whipping cream

  16. 1/4 cup powdered sugar

  17. 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

  18. fresh grated nutmeg , garnish

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

  2. In a 10-inch greased springform pan, mix cookie crumbs, almonds, and melted butter.

  3. Using your clean fingers, press the mixture evenly onto the bottom and sides of the pan. Or better yet use a metal 1 cup measuring cup and press the crumbs evenly among the bottom and part way up the sides.

  4. Refrigerate till ready to fill.

  5. In a large bowl using electric mixer (or place directly in a food processor) whip cream cheese until smooth.

  6. Add in brown sugar blending until thoroughly mixed.

  7. Add pumpkin and add the 2 eggs one at a time, then the yolks, blending after each addition until smooth.

  8. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, Amaretto and sour cream, pulse to blend.

  9. In a clean bowl beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed till soft peaks form.

  10. Fold the egg whites into the cheese mixture.

  11. Pour mixture into prepared crust.

  12. Set springform on a cookie sheet.A must.

  13. Bake 1 - 1 1/2 hours, till center is almost set and jiggles slightly.

  14. Turn off oven let cake stay in oven with oven door propped open about 8 inches.

  15. Till bottom and sides are completely cooled.

  16. Remove from oven, chill uncovered overnight in the refrigerator.

  17. Remove sides of pan.

  18. Beat cream, almond extract and sugar at high speed until soft peeks form.

  19. Then spread on chilled cake just before serving and sprinkle nutmeg on top.


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