Pumpkin Cheesecake, 11/20/12

      Graham CrackerCrust


      Makes 1 pie



      1 2/3 c whole-wheat graham crackers, crumbled

      1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

      7-8 tbsp unsweetened applesauce



      1 - Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9-inch pie dish andset aside.

      2- Place graham crackers into a food processor andpulse until crumbles reach the consistency of coarse sand or sea salt.

      3- Transfer graham cracker crumbles to a mixing bowland whisk in cinnamon.

      4- Add applesauce and stir until evenly wt and largeclunks form.

      5- Using your fingers, press the mixture intoprepared pie dish to form a crust

      6- Pack the crust down tightly and bake for 8minutes.

      7- Allow crust to completely cool before using.



      Serves 9



      1 15-oz can pure pumpkin puree

      1 8-oz tub vegan cream cheese

      2/3 c light brown sugar

      1 to 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

      1 tsp vanilla extract

      2 tbsp cornstarch

      Graham Cracker Crust

      6 oz plain soy yogurt or vegan whipped cream(optional)

      Ground nutmeg or cinnamon for dusting



      1 - Preheat oven to 350 F.

      2 - Combine pumpkin and vegan cream cheese in ablender or food processor.

      3- Blend until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrapethe sides as necessary.

      4- Add sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and cornstarchand blend again for three minutes, periodically stopping to scrape the sides ifnecessary.

      5- Pour batter into prepared crust and use a spatulato evenly distribute and smooth out the top.

      6- Smooth the top with a spatula and bake for 40 to45 minutes, until fully cooked. The pie will rise during baking and should beabout 1/2 inch higher than it started.

      7 - Remove from oven and place on counter, away fromheat.

      8- Allow pie to cool to room temperature, about 2 to3 hours. The pie will fall as it cools; do not be alarmed.

      9 - Cover and chill overnight, or for at least 10hours.

      10- Before serving, slice into 9 pieces and add adollop of soy yogurt or whipped cream to each if desired.

      11- Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon for garnish.