All posts tagged: cheesecake

Zesty Passion Fruit Cheesecake with a Red Velvet Crust

I loved them with a fierceness. Ferociously, constantly, and unconditionally. Tiger and Butterbear. They came to me for my second Christmas, and were my companions for years. I bestowed upon them priority of place and deference of position. Accompanying me everywhere, they enjoyed the sunlight and weathered storms. Butterbear once found herself hanging upside down from Granny’s clothesline, sodden and heavy with washwater. Knowledge of what soiled her is lost to me, banished by the heart-wrenching feelings at seeing her lumpy and dripping wet, upside down on that line. When Valentine’s Day rolls around, there’s conflicting responses: some rail against consumerism, staunchly insisting it’s a manufactured holiday to create profit; others focus on and celebrate the romantic love in their life; and still others recognize and appreciate the various forms love takes. Each of these responses is legitimate and valid, and I’ve found myself with each point of view at one point or other in my life, but I prefer to be in the third camp. No matter the numerous historical origin stories, or the …

Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie with a Gingersnap Crust

I’ve always loved a good pumpkin pie. It never occurred to me that it could be considered weird until I had several Scandinavians and Europeans look at me funny when I mentioned pumpkin as a dessert. But, then they’re doubly impressed after tasting it. I even sent home a can of pumpkin and some pumpkin pie spice with one of our Swedish friends one year, who in turn made one for her friends! Tor loves cheesecake: any time, anywhere, any kind. So, I thought, why not combine the two? A layer of creamy vanilla cheesecake sandwiched between a top layer of spicy pumpkin and a gingersnap crust. Yum. Ingredients Directions Preheat oven to 180C/355F. Combine crumbs and ground nuts. Add melted butter and stir until the mixture is evenly moistened. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate or spring form. Bake for about 8 minutes, then remove from oven to cool. Tip: After removing the crust from the oven, if it has melted down the sides, use some baking …