Normally, I simply put up my favorite recipes with a snippet of why it’s my favorite.. Today, I am gonna do something differently!
I am deep in the trenches of Christmas time with my baking. If you were to see my kitchen right now, there isn’t a counter/table with any space open for more cookies, breads or candy. And to top it off, I am only half way finished!
Today, I stepped back and gazed at my creations, the same ones my grandma taught me that her grandma taught her and it made me happy that I was continuing with our family tradition. We don’t have much money, but every year since I was born, and years before that, my family would make up small trays of goodies to give to our neighbors, firefighters and teachers as a way of saying thanks. Some years, the trays weren’t as full as others, but there was always a little of everything.
My grandma doesn’t bake much anymore because of the arthritis in her hands, but man could she whip up some delicious treats when I was younger. Now-a-days, I have the honor of baking for her and my papa as well as others and it makes me feel good to see the smile on her face when I come home for Christmas with a basket of her favorite cookies.
What are some family traditions in your family during the holidays? If you haven’t started a family yet (or JUST did), do you plan on doing the things you did with your parents growing up??
As we all know (thanks to the onset of fall weather!), the holidays are fast approaching. One of the most well-known crops being harvested during the fall season is pumpkins! Pumpkin can be used in TONS of recipes, and as a substitute for many things as well. Today, I will share with you a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake. This recipe uses canned pumpkin, but I would completely recommend using fresh pumpkin!
1 3/4 cups shortbread cookies, crushed
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 (15 ounce) can Pure Pumpkin (Libby’s)
2/3 cup Evaporated Milk
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup crushed toffee candies
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream, at room temperature
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Caramel ice cream topping (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For Crust: Combine cookie crumbs and butter in small bowl. Press onto bottom and 1-inch up side of 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes (do not allow to brown). Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. For Cheesecake: Beat cream cheese and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, cornstarch and cinnamon; beat well. Pour into crust. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until edge is set but center still moves slightly. Remove from oven; top with toffee candy pieces. For Topping: Combine sour cream, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in small bowl; mix well. Spread over warm cheesecake. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Remove side of springform pan. Drizzle with caramel topping before serving.