Servings 1- 9" Cheesecake, About 12 slices (depending on how you cut them)
For the Pumpkin Ricotta Cheesecake Filling:
(2) 8 oz packages of cream cheese
1 1/2cupsricotta cheese
3large eggs + 2 egg yolks
(1) 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
3tablespoonall purpose flour
1 1/2teaspoonsvanilla extract
For the Brown Butter Graham Cracker Crust:
2cupsgraham crackers, pulsed into crumbs
For the Grand Marnier Whipped Cream:
3/4cuppowdered sugar (plus more if a sweeter cream is desired)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees (F).
Make the crust:
In the body of a blender combine graham crackers, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and sugar. pulse until the crackers have been completely pulsed to crumbs. Add melted browned butter; stir well to combine. Press down into a 9-inch springform pan, pressing the crust down firmly and up the sides. Wrap the pan VERY well in layers of tin foil; set aside.
Make the filling:
Beat cream cheese and ricotta in a blender until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, sugars and spices, pulse until well combined. Add flour and vanilla and pulse for another 30 seconds, or until flour has completely disappeared into the batter. Don't over mix! Pour filling into crust, and spread evenly. Place the springform pan in a large baking pan (with high sides) and fill the pan halfway with hot water; this is your water bath. Place the cheesecake in the oven and cook cheesecake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Turn oven off and let the cheesecake sit for 45 minutes inside the oven with the door shut. The cheesecake should be still slightly wiggly. Remove cake from oven, run a knife very gently around the edge of the cake, and let it sit in the pan for 15 more minutes before covering loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerating for at least 4 hours. When ready to serve, top with a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy!
Make the Whipped Cream:
Place the cream in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and beat on high until stiff peaks begin to form. Add sugar, grand marnier, orange zest, and vanilla, and beat for another 2 minutes. Dollop on top of cheesecake slices, or place in the refrigerator until needed. Keeps for 48 hours.