One of my absolute favourite desserts ever is the cheesecake. A classic that can be made so many different ways and can incorporate different ingredients from all the seasons in the year. It’s something I enjoy during all of the holidays, including Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and even birthdays. I love the richness and variety of flavours that can be incorporated into each recipe, and the way it satisfies any type of dessert craving.
The Philadelphia Cheesecake of the Year Contest
If you LOVE cheesecake as much as I do, you’ll be super excited about the contest Kraft Philly has going on right now! If you have a favourite cheesecake recipe, the Real Women of Kraft Philadelphia are searching for the Philadelphia Cheesecake of the Year…and it could be yours! The contest, starting as of June 2, 2014, encourages chefs, bakers, and YOU, to submit their favourite cheesecake recipe and image for a chance to become a national sensation and receive $5000!
Date: Contest runs until 6pm ET, Monday June 16, 2014
- The first 250 eligible entrants receive a FREE brick of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
- 5 finalists will be flown round-trip to Toronto for the Cheesecake of the Year bake off at the Kraft Kitchens
- 1 GRAND PRIZE winner will be selected from the finalists to receive $5000, the title of 2014 Cheesecake of the Year and will be featured in a national print campaign!
How To Enter
Submit an original, festive cheesecake recipe made with Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, as well as a photo of your finished cheesecake. Entries will be judged by a panel of Kraft judges based on a select criteria.
Check out Philly Canada for full details about the contest, rules, terms, conditions, and of course, to enter the contest daily!
My Philadelphia Cheesecake Recipe
Cheesecakes can be intimidating to make for some people, but trust me, it really isn’t! With the right ingredients, and the right recipe, it will be one of your go-to desserts that will keep you (and your guests) coming back for more!
This pumpkin cheesecake is one of my mom’s recipes that is a favourite of mine. It’s great for any time of year and the light pumpkin flavour with the creamy Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese goes together beautifully. I love pumpkin and cream cheese in recipes, especially for holidays, but this is definitely one that is great all year round as well since it uses canned pumpkin and Kraft Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese.
2 cups graham crumbs
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
5 tbsp. melted butter
2 -8 oz. pkgs of light Kraft Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup canned pure pumpkin
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. mace
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix graham cracker crumbs together with sugar, cinnamon and melted butter, and press into bottom and slightly up sides of 9 inch springform pan.
Bake for 10 minutes and let cool.
Mix cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth.
Mix in eggs, one at a time, making sure to blend well after each addition. Set aside 1 cup of this mixture.
Add 1/4 cup sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon and mace.
Spread pumpkin flavoured battter over graham crumb base and drop the other plain batter by spoonfuls onto top of pumpkin flavoured layer.
Swirl with knife to create the beautiful marbled effect and bake at 350 degrees F for 55 minutes or until filling is set.
Run knife gently along edge of pan after removing from oven and allow to cool in pan. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.
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