From the kitchen of Renee Wilson.  This was featured in the
1st Family Cookbook. I make this delicious cheesecake for
Thanksgiving.
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Crust
Lightly butter a 9 1/2" spring form pan.

In a small bowl, mix:
1 1/2 c amaretti or gingersnap cookies, finely crushed (7oz)
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
Press evenly into the bottom & about 1" up the side of the
pan.

Bake @ 350 for 10 minutes.

Cheesecake
Putting each in a separate bowl, rub through a wire sieve:
1/2 c light brown sugar, packed
32 oz container whole ricotta

On high speed, beat until smooth:
8 oz cream cheese, at room temp
1 c sugar
Beat in:
1/4 c cornstarch
On low speed add:
5 large eggs
1/3 c heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
grated zest of 1 lemon
the ricotta
Beat just until smooth.

Pour 1 1/2 c of the cheese mixture into a medium bowl.
Add:
15 oz can pumpkin (1 3/4 c)
the brown sugar
1 large egg YOLK
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
Beat on low until smooth.

Pour the plain cheesecake into the pan.
Top with large spoonfuls of the pumpkin mixture.
Using a knife, swirl to marbleize.

Place the pan in a large roasting pan.
Add enough nearly boiling water to come 1/2" up the sides of
the pan.
Bake @ 325 for 1 hr 45 minutes or until a knife inserted 1"
from the edge comes out clean.

The center might seem slightly unset, but it will firm when
cooled.
Remove the cake from the roaster, cool on a rack.
Run a knife around the inside of the pan to release from
sides, but leave sides attached.
Cool completely.

Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate at least 4 hours or
overnight.
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