Friday, October 5, 2007

Holiday Cooking - Blogger Style 2007

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
3 Eggs
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)
5 Eggs
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.

Christmas Morning:

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!


Betsy@Thehomeschoolway said...

2 great recipes! Thanks!

Jammy said...

Good Gravy, I am going to have to try both of these!!! That marbled cheesecake is first though!

Thanks for sharing!

PEA said...

Omigosh, two wonderful recipes that I will definitely be trying...that Pumpkin Cheesecake looks so delish and I just happen to have canned pumpkin in my pantry!! xo

Sandra said...

Oh you guys are killing me with the recipes.....I have to try both of these, goodness.

Thank you for sharing :)

Kathleen Marie said...

These are both winners! Wonderful recipes! Thanks!

ellen b said...

Can the holiday be tomorrow. I'll be over at 10 for the french toast. Ohhh I'm so hungry looking at all these fabulous recipes!

julie said...

Both of those recipes look totally yummy. I am printing right now!!!!

Overwhelmed! said...

Okay, the pictures you posted for these two recipes are making my mouth water! :) I'll have to try these.

Thanks so much for participating in the 2nd Edition of my Holiday Cooking, Blogger Style recipe exchange! I greatly appreciate it!

Magi said...

I did a pumpkin cheesecake, too. I love the flavor combo,especially with gingersnap crust. The french toast sounds good, too. Thanks!