Is This Pie a Winner?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pumpkin-Cheese-Pie

*UPDATE* (11/05/09)  My recipe is now up on the Bon Appetit site and the link below DOES work. Thank you all so much for your support AND your votes!!!  I wish I could send each one of you a slice of this pie!

BAbakeoffnew

I received an email the other day from the editor of Bon Appetit’s web site, Emily Fleischaker, inviting me to submit a for  the magazine’s Holiday Dessert Bake-Off.  It’s part of an annual feature they do called “Bon Appetit’s Blog Envy”. The Bake-Off is only open to food bloggers, and the grand prize is a trip for two to NY and dinner at Le Bernardin restaurant with Editor-in-Chief Barbara Fairchild and Restaurant Editor Andrew Knowlton.  (Did I mention how cool I think Andrew Knowlton is?)  So, of course I decided to enter. 

I began thinking about which of the desserts in my holiday repertoire was the most amazingly decadent and delicious of all and this pie immediately came to mind.  It has an impossibly rich and creamy cream cheese and pumpkin filling with gorgeous, luscious, thick caramel ribbons running through it.  It also has lots of crunchy little toffee bits mixed in and is covered with a layer of even more dulce de leche.  This gingery pumpkin cheese pie with  toffee bits and caramel swirl is by far the most popular dessert in my holiday arsenal.  It is sheer heaven on a plate!

Pumpkin-Cheese-Pie-2

I’ve altered my original recipe a bit since then. Instead of sugar cookies, I now make the pie with a spicy, crunchy gingersnap crust.  I also swapped out the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in the recipe for pumpkin pie spice.  But, in my opinion, these changes make this pie even better, if that is possible.

So, here’s the deal.  I’ve entered my pie in the Bon Appétit Holiday Dessert Bake-Off, and I really need your help to win.   Please go over to the Bon Appétit Blog Envy Bake-Off site and vote for my Gingery Pumpkin-Caramel Cheese Pie! Once you’re at the site, you’ll have to click on the”vote on the next batch” button until you get to the Pies category.

Please please please, vote for my pie!!!  I’ll love you forever!  I’ll be your best friend!  I’ll bring you a doggie bag from Le Bernardin!

PLEEEEEEASE VOTE FOR MEEEEEEEEE!!!

Gingery Pumpkin-Caramel Cheese Pie

Ingredients:

For the crust:

3 cups gingersnaps, crushed into coarse crumbs
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar ( Use more or less according to your taste)
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup toffee bits
2 cups dulce de leche or caramel sauce of your choice, divided. (You may have to soften the dulce de leche to make it “swirlable”. I microwaved mine on 50% power for about 20 seconds.)

Directions:

In a medium bowl, whisk together cookie crumbs, cinnamon and salt.  Add melted butter and mix until well blended. Press mixture into an 8 or 9 inch pie plate.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Beat cream cheese and sugar together on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla, and beat until completely combined.

Mix in the toffee bits and swirl in 1 cup of the dulce de leche or caramel sauce using a knife or offset spatula.

Pour the filling into the pie plate and smooth it out. Refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours or overnight.

When thoroughly chilled, spread the second cup of dulce de leche or caramel sauce evenly over the top of the pie.

If desired, use another 1/2 cup of dulce de leche to pipe rosettes or other design on top of the pie.

Chill until the topping is firm.

46 responses to Is This Pie a Winner?

  1. On November 04, 2009 at 9:09pm, Amy J said...

    Are you kidding me?!? This looks wonderful! I’m glad you re-posted it. Voting now.

    • On November 04, 2009 at 9:21pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Amy! I don’t think the recipe is even up on their site yet. But, I really appreciate your vote! :)

  2. On November 04, 2009 at 10:14pm, Jen of a2eatwrite said...

    I couldn’t get on the site to vote. This is amazing, Susan – I hope it gets you that trip to NYC! Can you repost the voting link, please?

    • On November 04, 2009 at 10:57pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Jen! I can’t seem to get on the site anymore either, though I did several times earlier tonight. Hopefully, it’s just a glitch and they’re working on it. I’ll keep checking and keep you updated.

  3. On November 04, 2009 at 10:49pm, andrea said...

    oh my heavens, that pie looks so sinful and yummy! I will go vote for you now! I hope you win!

  4. On November 04, 2009 at 10:57pm, Emily Rose said...

    repost the link- because I really, really want to vote for you!!! this looks so ridiculously delicious!!!

  5. On November 04, 2009 at 11:29pm, Steph said...

    I like that this is like cheesecake! It looks so creamy.

  6. On November 04, 2009 at 11:46pm, Rosa said...

    OMG, it looks soooooooooo scrumptious and irresistible! I’m drooling…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  7. On November 05, 2009 at 1:29am, Coleen said...

    WOW, that is SOME PIE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck on the contest. The pie is a serious winner.

  8. On November 05, 2009 at 2:07am, Farmer Jen said...

    I will vote for your pie. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  9. On November 05, 2009 at 3:00am, nina said...

    …..and the winner is…………Susan with her Serendipity Pie!!!( and the crowd goes mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I can hear it already, definitely a winning pie!!!!

  10. On November 05, 2009 at 8:17am, Susan said...

    Thanks for your comments, everyone! It doesn’t look as if Bon Appetit has posted my entry yet, but please keep trying. The link I’ve given above does work now. :)

  11. On November 05, 2009 at 8:49am, megan said...

    Looks awesome and sounds decedent! I’m off to vote. Now lets talk about that doggie bag! ;)

  12. On November 05, 2009 at 9:03am, Lori @ RecipeGirl said...

    Going to vote now!! Looks amazing. Good luck!

  13. On November 05, 2009 at 9:06am, Lori @ RecipeGirl said...

    Forgot to mention, you should try to enter this contest too (using Puff Pastry) http://www.123puffcontest.com/ Also a trip to New York City for two. You’re so creative that I’m sure you could come up with a winning recipe!

  14. On November 05, 2009 at 9:21am, kellypea said...

    Whoa! This is some decadent dessert, Susan. I’d need to skip Thanksgiving dinner to just savor the pie ; ) Heading over to vote — Good Luck to you!

  15. On November 05, 2009 at 9:31am, Jeannette said...

    holy heart attack on a plate!!! this looks amazing!

  16. On November 05, 2009 at 11:43am, Ronda said...

    You got my vote! It looks luscious!!!! Mind if I make it for Thanksgiving?
    XOXO

  17. On November 05, 2009 at 12:21pm, Dolce said...

    Great pie ! You’ve got my vote!!! And I want the doggie bag from Le Bernardin + a picture of Eric Ripert!!

  18. On November 05, 2009 at 12:45pm, Andrea said...

    You’ve got my vote! I LOVE pumpkin, I LOVE ginger, how could it not sound amazing! Good luck, keep us updated! Check out the group shot of the bloggers on the Harvest Tour at http://www.pomwonderful.com when you have a sec.

  19. On November 05, 2009 at 1:03pm, Susan said...

    *UPDATE* My recipe is up on the Bon Appetit site and the link above DOES work. Thank you all so much for your support AND your votes!!! I wish I could send each one of you a slice of this pie! :D

  20. On November 05, 2009 at 1:38pm, Debbie said...

    It looks delicious Susan…so decadent!

  21. On November 05, 2009 at 4:11pm, pigpigscorner said...

    oh gosh, this looks AMAZING! I’m trying this soon!

  22. On November 05, 2009 at 5:28pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    Okay. I voted for you. I don’t even like pumpkin and I voted for you (of course if I had to eat a pumpkin pie, this one would totally be my first choice). I want to see you win!

    Now get your butt up here to NY!

    • On November 05, 2009 at 10:28pm, Susan said...

      Thank you, Rachel! You are such a sweetie! :) If I make it, we’ll definitely have to do a meet-up.

  23. On November 05, 2009 at 9:10pm, Shane said...

    That is gorgeous. Are those cookie crumbs on top, or nuts? In the slice photo they almost look like chopped hazelnuts.

    • On November 05, 2009 at 10:29pm, Susan said...

      Thanks! Actually, those are toffee bits on top.

  24. On November 06, 2009 at 7:23am, Patricia Scarpin said...

    On my way to vote – and not only because you are a sweet and dear blogger, but also because this is a super yummy dessert! ;)

  25. On November 06, 2009 at 9:22am, Sallie said...

    Susan – Of course, I voted for you. Yours is the best recipe – Good Luck!
    P.S. I am still steaming mad at United Airlines for the way they treated you!

  26. On November 06, 2009 at 2:24pm, Ivy said...

    Just finished voting for you Susan. Good luck!! Your desserts are always perfect.

  27. On November 06, 2009 at 3:45pm, Kathy - Cooking On the Side said...

    In a word – YES! That pie is stunning!! And worth my trying to remember my Bon Appetit login so I can vote :-)

  28. On November 06, 2009 at 4:32pm, Timmy said...

    Where is the link for me to vote? How often can I vote? (no I’m not from Florida).

  29. On November 06, 2009 at 5:15pm, CookiePie said...

    Of course I voted for you! But I work right across the street from Le Bernadin, so WHEN you win and come to NYC, you must call me and let me take you out for lunch or a cocktail or something!!! :)

  30. On November 06, 2009 at 8:47pm, The Food Hunter said...

    A winner for sure…

  31. On November 06, 2009 at 9:35pm, Muse in the Kitchen said...

    This pie looks delicious! I’m sure it’s a winner! ~ Belle

  32. On November 07, 2009 at 5:31pm, Nicisme said...

    That does look fabulous!

  33. On November 07, 2009 at 7:26pm, Katrina said...

    Looks de-lish!

  34. On November 08, 2009 at 1:22am, Kathleen said...

    Hey girl! I’m relatively new to the whole blogging scene so I’m really glad you reposted this recipe. I am sooo going to make this for Thanksgiving and I’m going to BA right now to vote. Best of luck to you!

  35. On November 09, 2009 at 12:52am, Tangled Noodle said...

    It’s almost midnight and I can’t afford to be hungry but this pie has touched off a massive craving. Sweet dreams are in store for me! I just voted for your most excellent entry. Good luck!!

  36. On November 10, 2009 at 2:41pm, Maybe said...

    Oh my God, this pie looks so delicious !!! Can you send over a slice to France ???

  37. On November 10, 2009 at 7:18pm, Daily Spud said...

    You just got my vote. Now, when do I get my pie? :)

  38. On November 14, 2009 at 12:38pm, Leigh said...

    I really want to make this pie for Thanksgiving but could you please clarify what sort of caramel or dulche de leche I should use? Since it comprises a big part of the taste of the pie I want to make sure I use the best kind/brand. I’ve never cooked with caramel or dulche de leche before and my resources consist of going to the supermarket/wall-mart and picking up whatever baking caramel they have there but I am a little nervous that’s a bad idea! Anybody have some suggestions?

    THANKS!

  39. On November 14, 2009 at 1:06pm, Leigh said...

    Oh and I voted for you- good luck, hope you win!

  40. On November 29, 2009 at 9:20am, Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

    The pie looks amazingly decadent, and I’m sure is the culprit of MANY pounds of weight in this world!

    I just voted, I’m waiting for the doggy bag :P :P

  41. On December 11, 2009 at 12:28pm, vincent said...

    Hello,

    We bumped into your blog and we really liked it – great recipes YUM YUM.
    We would like to add it to the Petitchef.com.

    We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
    enjoy your recipes.

    Petitchef is a french based Cooking recipes Portal. Several hundred Blogs are already members
    and benefit from their exposure on Petitchef.com.

    To add your site to the Petitchef family you can use http://en.petitchef.com/?obj=front&action=site_ajout_form or just go to Petitchef.com and click on “Add your site”

    Best regards,

    Vincent
    petitchef.com

  42. On November 25, 2011 at 11:54am, Kristi said...

    I was able to easily adapt this to a gluten free dessert and used GF gingersnaps for the crust. Definitely a hit with the family! I love when they enjoy something and don’t realize it is gluten free. I am working to change their minds that gluten free can be delicious! Thanks for all the yummy ideas! :)

1 pings to Is This Pie a Winner?

  1. On December 04, 2009 at 8:30pm, Wine Imbiber » Our Favorite >New< Holiday Recipes pinged...

    [...] Gingery Pumpkin-Caramel Cheese Pie Ooh mama! This is one rich pie! The recipe comes from Susan over at Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy (go figure!). I just discovered that Susan happens to be Italian (the recipe isn’t, but what a coincidence!). I’m tellin’ ya, it must have been some kinda Italian karma for me to have chosen this recipe for our dessert this year. I usually make our family favorite: pumpkin cheesecake, but this looked so good I thought I’d give it a try. You’d think it would be similar to pumpkin pie since it has both cream cheese and pumpkin in it, but it wasn’t (no eggs). The only thing that required baking was the crust, so it came together much more quickly than a cheesecake. I only did a couple of things differently. For the crust, I didn’t use all gingersnaps (I ran out). I probably only used about 2 cups of those plus about one cup of Trader Joe’s Ginger Cat Cookies. They’re like a ginger–flavored animal cookie, but I’m not sure if it changed the flavor of the end product much. The crust did have a pleasant, spicy warmth to it, though, and I thought the ginger crust really contributed to the overall taste of the pie. The other thing I changed up a bit was the amount of caramel sauce I added to the filling. I used only about 1–1/2 cups (rather than 2 cups). I really wished I had the dulce de leche to use instead of the crappy caramel sauce I used, but I didn’t plan ahead and was caught empty–handed. So, I chose to use whipped cream for a topping instead of more caramel sauce (which I only lightly drizzled over the top). The whipped cream provided a nice foil to the spicy richness of the pie. I suggest cutting this into thin slices (and waiting maybe a couple of hours after dinner before attempting to eat it!). It was quite a tasty ending to our near perfect Italian Thanksgiving meal! [...]

please post a comment...

kiss the cook!

Hello and welcome to SGCC! I’m Susan, a professional writer, food columnist, recipe developer, wife, mother, daughter and sister, who used to be a lawyer in a previous life. My love of food comes from a long line of wonderful and creative Italian home cooks who didn’t always have a lot, but knew how to make a lot out of what they had. I hope that you enjoy yourself while you’re here, and visit often! read more >>

Just Browsing?
55 Knives
follow me!

    Follow Me on Pinterest



    Friday Food Lust



    Fine Cooking