RE: Pumpkin Cheesecake
Here's my recipe- whether it's "DROP DEAD", or not- you'll have to decide! I've sold lots of them, and fortunately, no one has ever dropped dead after eating it!
3- 8oz Philadelphia cream cheese- don't skimp and use generic!
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Beat cream cheese just until smooth- don't over beat it. Slowly add sugar, then add eggs, 1 at a time. Beat after each egg, until it is mixed in. Add vanilla, incorporate into batter.
Mix 1 cup of Libby's pumpkin (not the pie mix w/ spices added), 1/2 cup of evaporated milk, 1/3 to 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1 tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp ground ginger. To this add 1 cup of the cheesecake batter. Mix well.
For the crust- grind 1&1/2 packages (The plastic packages inside a box- 3 to a box- of graham crackers.) Add enough melted butter- app 1&1/2 stix (add a little at a time, until you have the right consistency) to the crumbs, along w/ a dash of salt and a tsp of sugar. Press the crumbs onto the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 10" springform pan (greased and floured).
Pour the batter (W/O the pumpkin mix) into the springform pan. Next, add the pumpkin mix into the springform pan, and swirl with 1 or 2 fingers, so as to create a marble effect. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes, until set, but not too firm.