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I love pumpkin. I’m one of those people who wishes Starbucks offered the pumpkin spice latte’s all year round (I haven’t ordered anything else since they brought them back this year). So you could say I wasn’t disappointed when there was a good amount of pumpkin left over after the Thanksgiving cheesecake.

After my banana bread turned out really well (I’ll be making it again this week and will post the recipe), I decided to try pumpkin chocolate bread.

 

needs more pumpkin

needs more pumpkin

That was all the pumpkin it called for, not a lot really. I think it could have been a bit more pumpkin-y.

 

all mixed up

all mixed up

I thought I had more photos, but I guess not…weird. Anyway, this is a pretty quick recipe – after mixing that together, fold in the chocolate chips and bake.

 

ready to go

ready to go

 It smells really good while it’s baking.

 

perfect!

perfect!

YESSS – NOT BURNT!

 

first slice, still warm

first slice, still warm

And that would be the Royal Taster, unable to wait and slicing it too soon. The next slice fell apart. I warned him!! Anyway, it was hard to wait for, this one turned out well! Check the link at the top for the recipe!

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Cheesecake Success!

Well, I went for the most difficult recipe (this one from my list) and pulled it off! It had a really great texture and was nice and spicy. Sorry about the bad picture…I really rushed it because this piece was waiting to be eaten!

There were a couple issues I had (of course). First I couldn’t find any gingersnap cookies (I know, I couldn’t believe it either). So I took the graham cracker crust recipe from another cheesecake, added the pecans according to THIS recipe, and crossed my fingers. I sort of started it off on the wrong foot though, I misread the recipe (oops) and started baking the crust in the water bath (wrap springform pan in foil, set in roasting pan and put an inch of hot water in the bottom and bake in that). I kept taking the crust out and wondering why it wasn’t firm yet…then it dawned on me that the water bath was keeping the oven pretty moist. Duh. So I took it out of that and baked it again, but it never firmed up all the way. It was okay though.

I also had major issues with the crunchy topping. I wasted so much brown sugar trying to get it right! I followed the directions – spread a 9″ circle of sugar on foil and broil for a couple minutes until it turns browns and just bubbles. I didn’t spread it out evenly enough at first so the edges would be bubbling and smoking pretty quickly but the inside was still just sugar. Eventually I got enough done that I was able to do little shards of the stuff instead of the big fancy pieces shown in the recipe illustration. This was better anyway, it was pretty rich and hard on your teeth! It tasted great though.

So for my first cheesecake…this was pretty good! I’ll definitely be making another!

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Thanksgiving Plans

Well, I’m not making a turkey (mom will take care of that), but I am responsible for the dessert. Thanksgiving dessert is all about pumpkin for me, and my mom has suggested a cheesecake…so we’ll see what we can find.

First up is this crunchy-top version. The caramel shards are awesome and they look really impressive – but probably out of my league. Although I should be able to do it with those step-by-step instructions, right?

I like this simple one with whip cream. Everyone in my family likes whip cream anyway. I also don’t think I’d mess this one up.

This one with caramel sauce sounds good too, although I don’t know how well the sauce would work….I have to transport this cake.

I don’t even have a springform pan yet, but I’ll find one tomorrow and post the result of one of these recipes!

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