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Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake (Bon Appetit Magazine)

1 cup pecans (about 4 ounces)
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 14 cups sugar
12 teaspoon ground cinnamon
14 teaspoon ground ginger
1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Make crust: Preheat oven to 350F Blend first 3 ingredients in processor until nuts are finely chopped. Add butter; process until moist crumbs form. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides. Bake until lightly toasted, about 10 minutes. Cool. Wrap outside of pan with double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Make filling: Using electric mixer, beat first 4 ingredients in large bowl until smooth. Add pumpkin; beat until blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until smooth. Transfer to crust. Set in roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into roasting pan to come 1 inch up sides of springform pan. Bake cake until top is golden and begins to crack and center is set, abut 1 hour 45 minutes. Remove from roasting pan. Cool. Chill overnight. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover; keep chilled).

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