Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

This pumpkin swirl cheesecake has a delightful swirl of chocolate, and as we all know, pumpkin and chocolate are a pair you just can’t resist. It’s easy, scrumptious, and perfect for the holidays or all year round. The chocolate requires an extra step but otherwise, this is as easy as most other cheesecakes. Ingredients 1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 6 tablespoons butter, melted 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup granulated sugar 1 16-ounce can pumpkin (about 1 3/4 cups) 4 large eggs 1/2 cup whipping cream 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon …

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How to Make a Fruit-Topped and Fruit-Filled Cheesecake Recipe

A vanilla cheesecake paired with cherries, strawberries, or other fruit is a classic combination to balance out the richness. Rather than pile the cheesecake high with fruit, consider putting part of the fruit in the filling. In the following recipe, we’ll show you how to make a fruit cheesecake with fruit in the filling and as a topping for the cheesecake. A Fruit-Filled Cheesecake Sample The following recipe shows how to put fruit into the cheesecake as well as onto it as a topping. We used strawberries for this fruit cheesecake, but of course, you can use raspberries, blueberries, peaches, …

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How to Choose the Right Springform Pan

Choosing the right springform pan is all about what you bake and how you plan to bake it. In this article, we’ll outline out the advantages and disadvantages of different types and explain how what you bake affects the right choice for you. About the Springform Pan The advantage of springform pans is the removable ring. Instead of digging a slice of dessert from a pan, marring the pan, and crumbling the cake; you simply pop the ring off. You can then cut and serve your dessert right from the base. This is especially significant with cheesecakes and other fragile desserts …

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Lemon Cream Pie Filled Cupcakes

These are wonderful creamy cupcakes with a bright, lemon flavor. The cake is lemon, the filling is lemon, and the frosting is a buttercream frosting to balance the flavors. How to Make Lemon Cream Pie Filled Cupcakes The Cupcake Recipe Ingredients Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes cake mix 1 teaspoon lemon flavor Directions: Add the lemon flavor to the cake mix. Mix and bake according to package directions. About the Lemon Pastry Filling Use our Lemon Pastry Filling to fill your lemon cream pie filled cupcakes. Clip a corner on the two-pound pack of lemon filling and squeeze about 1/3 ounce …

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Do I Need to Bake My Graham Cracker Crumb Crusts?

(Updated from May 26, 2014) When you don’t feel like preparing a pie crust for your desserts, a graham cracker crust is the way to go. It works great for cream pies and cheesecakes, especially. But do you need to bake your graham cracker pie crusts? It depends, but you will need to expose our crust to the cold or the heat to allow it to properly set. Save your graham crackers for the smores. Make your graham cracker pie crusts easier by using graham cracker crumbs instead of smashing perfectly good graham crackers to make your own. To Bake …

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The Perfect Cheesecake Recipe

I’ve always loved a good cheesecake, but now I’m going to tell you how to make the perfect cheesecake right in your home. No need to go out to a restaurant or bakery when you can make it in your own oven. The Perfect Cheesecake The Crust Ingredients 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/2 cup butter, melted Instructions Preheat the oven to 350. Mix the sugar into the crumbs. Place the sweetened crumbs in a nine-inch springform pan. Add the melted butter and stir with a fork to combine well. Press the crumbs firmly against …

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A Lunch for a Mountain Hike

(Includes how to make a sandwich wrap) Last weekend Merri Ann and I went hiking with our 9-year old granddaughter, Anna. It was delightful. Anna and Merri Ann took pictures of flowers and landscapes. We explored seldom used trails and climbed a rocky outcropping to overlook the canyon. We think we’d like togo again this Saturday. Super! We’ll pack a lunch and throw in some marshmallows for roasting. We’ll keep the perishables cool in insulted lunch bags packed with ice packs. This is what I’m thinking for a menu: Crackers and cheese. I’ll choose a wax enclosed Gouda. The wax …

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How to Make Frozen Leprechaun Pies out of Limeade

By Dennis Weaver St. Patrick’s day is like the beginning of Spring around here and we are ready to start seeing some green after the white and brown of winter. These fun little pies bring in the green even if Mother Nature doesn’t deliver. Plus, the limeade has such a fresh, happy flavor that they even taste like Spring. These are individual frozen limeade pies made in cupcake pans instead of one spring-form pan. The cupcake pans are great because they don’t take as long to freeze, and nobody has to endure the headache of slicing a frozen pie. These …

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Blackberry Chiffon Pie

Ingredients 1 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted 1/4 cup sugar 2 cups whipping cream 1/4 cup sugar 16 ounces fresh or frozen blackberries, pureed 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees if you wish to bake your crumb crust.  Baking helps hold the crust together but is not necessary. In a 9-inch springform pan, mix the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Make a well in the center of the crumbs and pour in the melted butter. Using a whisk mix together the crumbs and butter …

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How to Make a Baked Alaska in a Cup

If you can whip an egg white, you can make these classy little desserts. They are quick and they are scrumptious. Ingredients: graham crackers or chocolate cookies broken into chunks ice cream 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 egg large whites 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar Instructions: Cover the bottoms of four ovenproof cups, glasses, or ramekins with cookie chunks to a depth of about 3/4 inch. Fill each cup with the ice cream of your choice. Use an ice cream spade to press the ice cream tight into the cup. Place the cups of ice cream …

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How to Decorate a Cheesecake

Everyone loves a cheesecake. A cheesecake can be the life of a party and they are not difficult to make. If you dress them up just a little, they can be truly memorable. You can dress up a cheesecake with a topping. Fresh fruit always works. You can use pie filling for a topping or mix one cup fresh sliced strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries with 3/4 cup sugar. Mix the berries and sugar together to let the sugar dissolve in the juice. You can dress up a cheesecake with a drizzle of white or dark chocolate. Pictured is a chocolate …

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Graham Cracker Crumb Crust Recipe

This recipe can be used for a nine or ten inch cheesecake or to make a crust for a pie. Ingredients 2 cups crushed graham crackers 4 tablespoons sugar 5 tablespoons butter, melted Directions 1. Crush the crackers. (The easiest way to create the crumbs is with a food processor.) 2. Mix the crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a nine or ten-inch springform pan. Press the mixture into a crust across the bottom of the pan and up the sides. 3. Put the crust in the refrigerator to set up while you prepare the filling. Baker’s note: There is …

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Blueberry Lemon No-Bake Cheesecake

This is a delightful dessert.  It’s a refrigerated dessert made in a graham cracker crust.  Make the filling by whipping cream cheese and Bavarian cream (or vanilla pudding) together.  Top it with a thick blueberry sauce. Additional Recipes and References Free! How to Bake, a free 250 page baking book Free! Easy Cheesecakes from A to Z (Includes “A Cheesecake Troubleshooting Guide) Free! A Manual for No-Bake Cheesecakes Springform Pans from Round to Square Click to see the Cheesecake Recipe Index with over 40 additional recipes For the crust 1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter, melted 3 …

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

We do love pumpkin cheesecakes.  (Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake in Gingersnap Crust is a favorite cheesecake.  We have included the recipe.)  Canned pumpkin is cooked in the canning process.  Surely, we thought, we can use canned pumpkin in a no-bake cheesecake as long as there are no uncooked eggs.  So we converted our pumpkin pie recipe to a no-baker. Additional Recipes and References Free! How to Bake, a free 250 page baking book Free! Easy Cheesecakes from A to Z (Includes “A Cheesecake Troubleshooting Guide) Free! A Manual for No-Bake Cheesecakes Springform Pans from Round to Square Click to see the …

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White Chocolate Cheesecake with Orange-Glazed Strawberries

This is a great cheesecake recipe. The white chocolate makes this cake particularly rich. Use a good quality white chocolate with high cocoa butter content. We topped this scrumptious cheesecake with orange glazed strawberries.  The glaze is a simple sugar syrup with orange zest added.  This makes a marvelous dessert. You will need a ten-inch springform pan. Our glass-base springform pans are perfect. This cheesecake was made with a square springform pan. Ingredients For the crust: 1 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 tablespoons granulated sugar For the filling: 4 8-ounce packages of cream cheese 1 …

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Fresh Pineapple Cheesecake

Pineapple and cream cheese go together. There is something about the smooth creamy cheese that accents the sweet-tart taste of fresh, ripe pineapple so well. We have found pineapple and cream cheese in many a church supper salad dish but, a regal pineapple cheesecake—that sounded terrific. This is simply a very good cheesecake with a fresh pineapple topping. The topping can be made with canned pineapple. Additional Recipes and References Free! How to Bake, a free 250 page baking book Free! Easy Cheesecakes from A to Z (Includes “A Cheesecake Troubleshooting Guide) Free! A Manual for No-Bake Cheesecakes Springform Pans …

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Gluten Free Cheesecake

Additional Recipes and References Free! How to Bake, a free 250 page baking book Free! Easy Cheesecakes from A to Z (Includes “A Cheesecake Troubleshooting Guide) Free! A Manual for No-Bake Cheesecakes Springform Pans from Round to Square Click to see the Cheesecake Recipe Index with over 40 additional recipes Ingredients For the crust 2 cups crushed gluten-free cookie crumbs or cracker crumbs.   If you use cracker crumbs, add 1/4 cup sugar. 6 tablespoons butter, melted. For the filling 2 1/2 eight-ounce packages of cream cheese 1 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 …

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

This is another easy cheesecake recipe. The caramelized apples are steamed in the microwave and made with butter and brown sugar. It’s very simple. You will need a ten-inch springform pan. Our glass-base springform pans are perfect. Additional Recipes and References Free! How to Bake, a free 250 page baking book Free! Easy Cheesecakes from A to Z (Includes “A Cheesecake Troubleshooting Guide) Free! A Manual for No-Bake Cheesecakes Springform Pans from Round to Square Click to see the Cheesecake Recipe Index with over 40 additional recipes Ingredients For the crust: 1 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/4 cup walnuts …

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Orange Cream Cheesecake Recipe

When we were kids, we had these orange and vanilla ice cream treats on a stick.  The combination was divine.  Why not do the same with a cheesecake? The following recipe uses orange juice concentrate for the orange and a smooth vanilla filling.  It is easy to make. Additional Recipes and References Free! How to Bake, a free 250 page baking book Free! Easy Cheesecakes from A to Z (Includes “A Cheesecake Troubleshooting Guide) Free! A Manual for No-Bake Cheesecakes Springform Pans from Round to Square Click to see the Cheesecake Recipe Index with over 40 additional recipes For the …

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How to Make White Chocolate Cheesecake

This is a great cheesecake recipe. The white chocolate makes this cake particularly rich.  We have served this repeatedly in our test kitchen and in classes and it is always a favorite. Additional Recipes and References Free! How to Bake, a free 250 page baking book Free! Easy Cheesecakes from A to Z (Includes “A Cheesecake Troubleshooting Guide) Free! A Manual for No-Bake Cheesecakes Springform Pans from Round to Square Click to see the Cheesecake Recipe Index with over 40 additional recipes Ingredients For the crust: 1 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 tablespoons granulated sugar …

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