2.5 cups graham cracker crumbrs (about 2.5 sleeves)
2.75 cups sugar
1 tsp salt, -1 pinch
2 lb cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream
6 eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
15 oz pumpkin puree
Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Brush a 10 inch springform pan with some of the butter; stir remaining butter into graham cracker crumbs with 1/4 cup sugar and pinch salt. Press mixture into bottom and up sides of pan , packing it tightly and evenly; bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes; cool on rack, then wrap outside of springform pan with heavy duty foil and place in a roasting pan. Bring a medium pot of water to boil.
Meanwhile beat cream cheese with a mixer until smooth; add remaining 2 1/2 cups sugar and beat until just light, scraping down sides of bowl and beaters as needed. Beat in the sour cream, then add pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, 1 teaspoon salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves and beat until just combined; pour into cooled crust.
Without pulling rack out, gently place roasting pan in oven and pour boiling water into roasting pan until it comes about halfway up side of springform pan. Bake until outside of cheesecake sets but center is still loose, about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Turn off oven and open door briefly to let out some heat; leave cheesecake in oven for 1 more hour, then carefully remove from roasting pan and cool on a rack. Run a knife around edges of springform pan, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Bring cheesecake to room temperature 30 minutes before serving. Unlock and remove springform ring.
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