Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake
You should never have to choose between a slice of pumpkin pie and a slice of cheesecake—not when you can so easily have both. It’s just as simple as it sounds. A layer of graham cracker crust sits underneath a modest layer of cheesecake that supports a layer of pumpkin pie filling. All three layers are distinct, but they bake into a beautifully sliceable cheesecake that is quite literally the best of both worlds. Cheesecake on its own is downright delicious, but because of how rich it is, a slice of cheesecake is often difficult to finish without feeling too full. Because of this, cheesecake is often paired with something bright and flavorful (raspberry, chocolate, etc.) to help balance the dessert. A layer of pumpkin pie is the ideal compliment in a slice of cheesecake because it replaces half of the cheesecake normally present in a slice,. It's also richly spiced to offset the density of the cheesecake, making it more palatable. A slice of this dessert is equal parts rich cheesecake and custardy pumpkin pie, making it entirely reasonable to consider a second slice. The cheesecake bakes in a water bath, allowing both layers to cook gently. Once the cheesecake has had plenty of time to chill, the cake is easy to cut to reveal the two contrasting layers present in every slice.