Monday, December 5, 2011

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie and a New Laptop


The same week that the hooptie died, so did my laptop. One second, I was reading about the latest poll on the Republican candidates (okay, I was reading about Kim Kardashian's divorce) and the next second, I was staring at blank screen. The machine I'd relied on to keep me up to date with the latest in celebrity drama, the one with the glued on J key and the cookie crumbs in the keyboard, had left the building.

This caused the techie hubster great joy. My dinosaur of a laptop had been a constant source of embarrassment for him and he could barely wait to start researching replacements. So, I spent the next few weeks hearing all about RAM, and WLED, and SSD, and HDMI, and I zoned out each and every time. All I asked was that the new machine be ready to use soon and have a decent screen so I could watch the latest Republican debate online (okay, I wanted to watch Desperate Housewives).

And when this shiny black laptop arrived at our door, I confess that even non-techie me swooned a little. It was nice to have a laptop where the battery lasted more than 4 minutes and 22 seconds and the keyboard wasn't sticky with remnants of jam. I could barely wait to start downloading 80's tunes and pinning up a storm on Pinterest. And then, the hubster informed me that the laptop wasn't actually ready to use. Although the laptop was brand new, purchased from a reputable vendor, and worked perfectly well, the hubster deemed it "not good enough." Apparently, the hubster felt it needed an upgrade and he was going to "pop it open" to "make it better."


Yup, I nearly died. I finally had a laptop that actually turned on every time I wanted to use it and didn't emit a funny burning smell and he wanted to "pop it open" to "make it better." There was no way I was going to sit around and watch the massacre. Instead, I went to the kitchen to make dessert (that I planned on eating as dinner). And because the situation was too dire for pie and too desperate for cheesecake, I deemed it perfect for cheesecake pie.


Enter the pumpkin cheesecake pie. It is the perfect cross between a pumpkin cheesecake and a pumpkin pie. Underbake it just slightly for the perfect creamy consistency. Be generous with adding the pumpkin pie spice and you can relive Thanksgiving all year round. And yes, it was the perfect source of sustenance while I spent the rest of the evening trying to bring my old laptop back to life while the hubster butchered my new laptop. I mean, made it "better." Thankfully, even he agreed you just can't make this pumpkin cheesecake pie any better.



Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3 eggs
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 tablespoon milk

1 ready made pie graham cracker crust (or crust of your choice)


Heat oven to 375°F.

In large bowl, beat sugar, 3 tablespoons flour and both packages of cream cheese with electric mixer on low speed until smooth; reserve 1/2 cup. Add all remaining filling ingredients except milk to cream cheese mixture. Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl constantly, until smooth. Pour into crust.

In small bowl, mix reserved 1/2 cup cream cheese mixture and the milk. Spoon over pumpkin mixture. Cut through cream cheese and pumpkin mixtures with knife in S-shaped curves in one continuous motion. Turn pie plate one-fourth turn and repeat. Cover edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean, removing foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Cool 30 minutes. Cover loosely and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator.


Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.

22 comments:

  1. Have fun with your new laptop, hubby just ordered a new one today and he was remarking i know who is going to use that more than him :-)
    That pie looks so so yumm.

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  2. Congrats on getting a laptop , the cheesecake looks really good .It's been a long time since I made cheesecake , I have to make one now , Good lord blogging is not good for my waist line :(((.

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  3. Yeah for a new computer, we need one to as out battery last like 2.5 seconds at a time. This pie is realllllly pretty.

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  4. Well, here's to getting that laptop on Your lap, soon. As the wife of another techie, I understand your plight. Your remedy of cheesecake pie was a brilliant move. A piece of that would definitely bring solace.

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  5. I am now very creepily following you on Pinterest. I have a pinterest addiction lol. That pie looks yummy!

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  6. My cell phone got thrown away and the same week I dropped my laptop. I am so poor.

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  7. I'm laughing and feeling sorry for you at the same time. I feel your pain. The desktop I'm using was built specifically for me so I'm waiting until it's been pronounced dead by a professional before I let it go. It still wheezes along. That being said, when this one was put together for me, it took F.O.R.E.V.E.R.

    I need to get off said computer now and make that pumpkin pie cheesecake thingy. If you were here, I'd hug you hard. The Fairy Hobmother already knows of my dream for a KitchenAid or immersion blender, but I'm happy knowing you got the laptop (even if you can't use it).

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  8. Congrats on the new laptop! I'm sure my husband is admiring it from afar right now...even though he's likely disappointed he wasn't consulted!

    Love the cheesecake with pumpkin combo. It looks delicious! Has the little one had a chance to try it? :)

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  9. Congrats on the new laptop - but seriously, he needs to stop fiddling with it - you have 80s music to download and tv to watch :)

    Now that pumpkin cheesecake pie looks delish (but, as with all of your recipes, I'm sure it tastes even better than it looks!)

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  10. You old laptop actually sounds a lot like mine! Hopefully the new shiny one will be wonderful...once you get to take custody of it!

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  11. Roo's laptop also needs replacing as it sounds like it's about to take off for flight whenever it's on. Such a sad little laptop, circa 2001.

    Hopefully by now you've reclaimed your new piece of technology. I mean really, doesn't going into labor count for anything? Use guilt to get your laptop back! :)

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  12. Hee. I thought I was the only one who wrote with a laptop that has to constantly be plugged in; because if I unplug it for more than about 2 minutes, the battery dies. Glad you got a new one (and hopefully you can use it soon)!

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  13. Unfortunately, I'm on an emergency diet until Christmas...so no pie for me...but enjoy your new laptop...technology rules!

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  14. Congrats on the new laptop! Isn't it amazing what a difference a new one can make? And I've made this pie and can attest to its deliciousness. Perfect! I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday, my friend. I'm about to begin a week of baking, traveling and celebrating with family. Much love and many blessings.

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  15. Your cheesecake looks amazing and I'm guessing it tastes even better!

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  16. Azmina, congratulations on you new toy! I fought with all might against a laptop as I really thought my desk top was the only way to go. I still cannot admit my defeat to Husband, but he knows:)
    Also, I can relate to the horror you felt when your darling wanted to improve your laptop - mine does the same, and I always shudder. I will never understand geeks:)
    I hope you fell good and that baby is giving you at least a few hours of peace (it is all worth it in the end - only family anecdotes keep track of sleepless nights and constant rocking, burping, feeding, singing...)
    Happy New Year to your family! Looking forward to reading your oh-so-entertaining posts in 2012! Thanks for brightening my days!

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  17. fyi this is my all time favorite dessert...hint hint!

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