It's time for Overwhelmed's 2007 Holiday Cooking Extravaganza! It promises to be a goldmine of tried and true holiday recipes - so when you are done here, visit her blog to check out all the other blogger's favorite Holiday treats.
I'm going to share a couple of my favorites. One for Thanksgiving, and one for Christmas.
Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake
1 1/2 cup Gingersnap Cookie Crumbs
1/4 cup Butter
2 pkg (8 oz) Cream Cheese
3/4 cup Sugar, divided
1 t Vanilla
1 cup Canned or cooked Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 1/2 t Pumpkin Pie Spice
Heat oven to 400
Combine cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press firmly on bottom and up sides of pie plate. Bake for 5 minutes.
Reduce oven temp to 325
In large bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla until well blended. Beat in eggs one at a time. Reserve 1 c batter. To rest of batter, add remaining sugar, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice - mix well. Alternately layer pumpkin and cream cheese batters over crust. Cut through layers with knife several times for marbled effect. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until cake springs back lightly when touched.
Loosen cake from rim of pan. Let cool to room temp, then chill.
Christmas Morning Overnight French Toast
We used to have this one at home on Christmas morning. Mom or dad would make it the night before, and the smell would envelope the house as we opened presents. Yum, yum, yum!!
6 slices Firm bread (we like sourdough)
1-1/2 cup Milk
2 t Vanilla
1 t Cinnamon
1/4 t Nutmeg
4 T Butter
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts
Grease 12 x 7 pan. Lay bread in pan, cutting if necessary to fill spaces. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Beat in milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Combine topping ingredients, and hold at room temperature until ready to bake.
Heat oven to 350
Spread topping over bread. Bake 4o minutes, or until puffed and golden. Let sit 10 minutes before cutting. Serve with maple syrup.
Hope you enjoy these ones! Now you can pop over to Overwhelmed, and take a look at all of the delectable offerings!