You’ve heard the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Well, it was definitely the impetus for this Thanksgiving dessert, as I was torn between pleasing my stepdad, Mike, who loves White Chocolate Cheesecake and my daughter’s boyfriend, Chris, who expressed a desire for Peanut Butter Cheesecake (which I considered but then swapped for pumpkin in honor of the holiday.)
The combination of the two flavors was even better than I expected, with the white chocolate lending the pumpkin a good measure of sophistication.
The only aspect of this dessert that gave me pause was marbling the two cheesecake batters. I have had mixed results with various marbling techniques I’ve tried in the past.
This time, I poured large dollops of alternating batters, side-by-side, in one layer and again in a second layer. Then, I used an offset spatula to pull through the layers, first in one direction, then in the other, across the top. And, voila, it worked.
On the following page, you’ll also find recipes for Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake and Daddy Mike’s White Chocolate Cheesecake.