Cheesecake, eh?

When my brother was in high school he worked for Kentucky Fried Chicken as it was called back then (you know it as the oh so hip and cool KFC now). Every night he worked he would come home smelling like chicken grease. So much so that after two years of working there he kind of couldn’t eat chicken anymore. So when I went to work in a bakery and they said what would you like to work on? I said cheesecake. I had this great idea that cheesecake (which I loved so much) would become my fried chicken and I would stop wanting to eat it so much.

Yeah, so that didn’t work so much. In fact all it did was make me much better at making cheesecake. And I got in charge of making the flavor of the month cheesecake. The pumpkin swirl was one of my first. I highlighted it when this blog first started and thought I would update it a bit with some salted caramel.

Last week we got on the subject of the Cheesecake Factory and then the mini Candy Corn Cheesecake Bites I had made at JV Soccer last week. One of the dads commented well where is this cheesecake? And I said that I would gladly bring him some next game that he was at. I asked what kind and he said he would eat whatever (which is my favorite kind of people to feed). Since he is Canadian I started to think about our upcoming Thanksgiving which is less than two weeks. And I chose pumpkin.

This was about as yummy as I predicted. I already loved the pumpkin swirl the original way and now with shortbread crust and salted caramel…um, yeah. This would have gone over very well at the bakery.

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  1. Holy crapping wonderfulness! I have made pumpkin swirl cheesecake before but salted caramel too!? Ahhhhhhh!

  2. This looks so freakin’ delicious!!

  3. I rarely comment…but I have to say…”What a BEAUTIFUL print button! You are one of the best blogs!” ;-)

  4. I have fond memories of pumpkin swirl cheesecake. It was the first cheesecake I ever made.

  5. This sounds wonderful – some of my favorite flavors! I remember you loving cheesecake. One of the first recipes I made from your site was a pumpkin bread with maple cheesecake layer. LOVE it and was just thinking how I should make it with Fall being here. Now I think I should make this instead. Is it bad to want to eat it all myself?

  6. @Korrie- hahaha! You totally made my night. And yes, it is one may dare say not only beautiful but sexy print button.

  7. Yum, yum, and more yum! I am definitely going to try this soon. I have made a few cheesecakes in my time but I have never been 100% satisfied with the results. I am going to pretend like you are my teacher and follow your recipe.

    Also, it is obvious that along with now being a best blog, you have the best print button.

  8. I think I need this now, it looks incredible. Way to tempt the pregnant lady :-P

  9. yes peabody! i’m so excited for thanksgiving next weekend, this may be bumped to the top of my list!!

  10. Good tracy! I love love love that swirl on the inside. It’s so perfect! Gaaaah. I’ve seen too many things that I want to make in a very short amount of time :P

  11. Another great post! And cheesecake too!!! I’ll have to convince my mom to let me bring this to Thanksgiving to have with the apple pie! WE Canadians thank you!

  12. I think I just found what I’m taking to the ILs for Thanksgiving!!

  13. Yum!!!! I absolutely love cheesecake, and this looks like the perfect fall recipe!

  14. The only way I stopped making and eating cheesecake all the time was marrying someone who does not like it. This one though may need to try and break through.

  15. Did the man at JV soccer like and enjoy his cheesecake? I love pumpkin cheesecake. At my local ice cream palror they have pumpkin and pumpkin cheesecake flavors. they started this week, so I will have to try. Very soon.

  16. Amazing! I love pumpkin and I love cheesecake! Salted caramel is the perfect addition!

  17. That looks divine. Quick question: if I want to scale this down, say cut in half, what size pan would you recommend? Thanks in advance!!!

  18. Kentucky Fried was my first job too, but sadly, I never developed the smell aversion. However, I have solved the problem of eating the entire cheesecake all at once. Leftover cheesecake freezes really well wrapped in individual slices and tastes just as good a week or two later. Does salted caramel sauce come in a jar like ice cream toppings? I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t freeze well but I really want to make this recipe without being a pig about it.

  19. @Melissa -cheesecake isn’t really one you can scale down unless you own 4 1/2-inch diameter spring form pans. If you own those you can scale it down to about 2 mini ones. But cheesecakes need a spring form.

    Kaiser Bakeware Mini Springform Pans, Set of 4

  20. My brother worked at Taco Bell when he was in HS- and he was the tortilla fryer. He came home smelling like gross taco grease every day and his face broke out often, lol!

    I’m loving your cheesecake. Salted caramel + me = love. The print button is a nice feature too, though I wish it were easier to see ;) (I’m kidding…)

  21. I swoon for this amazing cheesecake hybrid.

  22. I love this swirl effect you’ve got going on! And the cheesecake looks and sounds fantastic. Thanks for making this one. I <3 Cheesecake

  23. This may be the greatest cheesecake I’ve ever seen in my life!

  24. This cheese cake sounds so good:) I never made it with pumpkin before. Need to to try it soon.

  25. Just had a piece and its delicious❤
    The caramel didn’t come out as i had hoped.
    I think it needed more time on the heat to pick up more color,

    Lovely recipe, and your website
    Count me a fan


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