By: Brady Evans
There are not many things I miss about living in suburbia. Yes, farm life is definitely for me. However, we were pretty disappointed last year on our first Halloween on the farm. We didn’t get any trick-or-treaters! Not even one. That’s definitely one thing I miss about city living: celebrating the wackiest ‘holiday’ of the year.
Just because we don’t have strangers knocking at our door asking for food, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate with the best of them. Halloween definitely has the most potential for making awesome treats that go along with a theme.
One example: this spider-web-themed pumpkin cheesecake pie. Not only is it festive, but its flavor combination is out of this world (and slightly reminiscent of those muffins at Starbucks)! Now, I’m not a pro baker, so if I can make it, so can you! Just do yourself a favor and top the pie with a plastic spider, to really go the extra mile!
Halloween Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie (adapted and inspired from these recipes)
For the pumpkin filling:
- 1 15-oz can packed pumpkin puree
- ½ cup evaporated milk
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 eggs
For the cheesecake:
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 9-inch chocolate cookie crust
To make the pumpkin filling: Beat eggs with sugar. Add spices, pureed pumpkin, and evaporated milk. Whisk to combine.
To make the cheesecake filling: Beat cream cheese until softened. Add sugar and incorporate beaten egg. Add vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
To assemble pie: Pour pumpkin filling into cookie crust. Pour cheesecake filling into a zip top bag and snip off end. To make spider web design, lightly pipe concentric circles of cheesecake into the pumpkin filling. Using a clean knife, drag the blade of a knife from the outside of the pie towards the center, wiping the knife between drags. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 60 minutes.