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Pumpkin Cheesecake, 11/20/12

Graham CrackerCrust

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Makes 1 pie

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Ingredients:

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

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

7-8 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

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Method:

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.

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PumpkinCheesecake:

Serves 9

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Ingredients:

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

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Method:

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.

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