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Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake

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Graham Cracker Crust:
1-1/2 cups graham-cracker crumbs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
6 tbsp. butter, melted

Mix graham-cracker crumbs and sugar together. Blend in melted butter. Press into a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

Pumpkin Cheesecake:
3- 8 ounce bars cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup light packed brown sugarbrown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
5 large eggs
16 oz. solid-pack pumpkin, canned
1/2 tsp. cinnamon*
1/2 tsp. nutmeg*
1/4 tsp. cloves*
1/4 tsp. allspice*
1/2 cup heavy cream
* or use 1-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugars and blend. Scrape bowl with a plastic spatula to avoid lumps. Add eggs, one at a time, blend in and scrape the bowl after each addition. Blend in pumpkin and spices. Blend in heavy cream. Pour mixture into prepared crust. Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until center just sets. Cool. Chill.

Chocolate Mousse:
2 cups heavy cream
8 oz. semisweet chocolate
5 egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp. water

Whip heavy cream to medium peak. Set aside. Melt chocolate over double boiler. Set aside. Whip yolks until pale. Boil sugar and water to 245 F. (If you do not have a candy thermometer, use a teaspoon to spoon out some of the syrup and drop it into ice water. A soft ball of sugar should form in the ice water.) Pour the hot sugar into the yolks while whipping, and continue whipping to cool. Add 1/4 of the whipped cream to the cooled yolk mixture. Add the chocolate. Fold in the rest of the whipped cream. Pour on top of the pumpkin cheesecake and freeze for 24 hours.

Ganache:
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
9 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped

In a small saucepot, bring the cream and butter to a boil. Pour over chopped chocolate, and stir until smooth.

To serve:
Unmold the cheesecake and, while it is frozen, pour ganache over the top and let drizzle down the side. Refrigerate until serving time.

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