1 tbsp maple syrup
300g Gingernuts or similar biscuits (you could use Graham
Crackers and add 1 tsp ground ginger)
60g melted butter
1kg cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups caster sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp rum or bourbon (or you could use vanilla extract)
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp custard powder
4 large eggs plus 1 yolk extra
Right! Preheat oven to 180˚C (350˚F) and line a roasting dish with baking paper. Put in your big chunks of pumpkin and drizzle with maple syrup. Bake for 45 minutes or until easily pierced with a knife - turn once during cooking.
While the pumpkin is cooking line the base and sides of a 23cm removable base cake tin with baking paper. Whizz gingernuts in a blender, add butter and whizz a bit more until smooth crumbs. Pour into prepared baking tin and squish down with your hands, and then smooth it out with the back of a tablespoon. I like to take the base a tiny bit up the sides to give the filling a little extra support. Pop in the fridge for now.
When you take the pumpkin out of the oven reduce the temperature to 150˚C (300˚F). Chop pumpkin up a bit to get it to cool down faster then put in the blender and whizz until really smooth. Give it five minutes to cool down more then add cream cheese, sugar, spices and salt and blend again until smooth. Whisk bourbon and maple syrup with custard powder until smooth and add to mix with eggs and egg yolk. Last brief whizz to combine it all, then you can pour it onto the base. Give it a tap on the bench to open up air bubbles then bake for 1 1/2 hours until it still has a bit of wobble in the middle. Allow to cool in the oven for at least two hours before removing. Wedge something in the oven door to open it a crack during cooling. Cool further on the bench then pop in the fridge to cool completely. Remove from the fridge half an hour before serving. Serve with bourbon spiked whipped cream and a little dusting of walnut praline if you fancy...recipe for that right here!