Pumpkin latte cheesecake

Delicious, autumnal cheesecake connecting the pumpkin and coffee flavours. It is very creamy and delicate, perfectly matches the October mood. The tastes of pumpkin and coffee are well detectable and create harmonious composition. The topping of whipped cream makes every bite melting in your mouth like a sip of pumpkin latte. Very yummy dessert. Enjoy!

 

You should make this cheesecake a day before because it must spend the night in the fridge to become proper structure.

round spring pan 9 inch

 

 Base:

  • 170 g tea biscuits
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Pumpkin layer:

  • 250 g cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pump kin puree
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

Coffee layer:

  • 250 g cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon instant coffee (powder or granules)
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur (I used Kahlua)

Topping:

  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee (powder or granules)
  • 100 ml whipping cream

 

 

Make the base: process biscuits in the food processor until very fine (sand texture). Add cocoa powder and melted butter and mix until well incorporated. Line the bottom of a spring pan with parchment paper. Spoon the mixture evenly pressing lightly with a spoon. Let it cool in the fridge.

Make pumpkin layer: In a bowl of a stand mixer beat all ingredients until smooth mixture form.

Make coffee layer: heat the cream until hot and stir in the coffee powder. Mix until smooth. Let cool slightly. In a bowl of a stand mixer beat remaining ingredients until smooth mixture form. Add coffee with cream, mix shortly.  

Cheesecake will be baked in water bath (bain-marie) so wrap the spring pan filled with biscuit base  in two pieces of aluminium foil. Spoon the cheese mixture over the biscuit base, alternating pumpkin and coffee layer (one ladle of each at the time). You may mix them with wooden skewer for marble effect. Place the pan in a bigger pan filled with hot water to the half-way of spring pan sides. Place both pans together in hot oven (325°F) and bake for 1 hour. The cheesecake have to be set on its whole surface, if is not bake it longer. Once is baked remove from bigger water pan, waste the aluminium foil and place cheesecake in pan in the fridge for overnight.

Next day remove cheesecake from the pan and place on a cake stand. Dust with coffee powder and whipped cream rosettes. Store in fridge.

 

 

 Category: Cheesecakes.

Tags: coffee, pumpkin.

Mini pumpkin bread with maple syrup

Of course they are not real bread – they are cakes. The name is connected to the size and shape of loaf. Maybe they should be called rather square muffins. We have Autumn season so the right time for pumpkin baking. Here the combo with maple syrup what is very successful if we speak about taste. For more joy the top is poured with maple caramel. The cake smells like Autumn and is very moist (maybe even sticky). It matches perfectly the Autumnal vibe (and a cup of coffee). Enjoy!

 

6 mini loaf or 12 – hole muffin pan

 

 Ingredients:

  • ½ cup plant oil
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup pumpkin puree (store bought or home made)
  • ¼ cup kefir or buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ¼ cup pecans (cut roughly)
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Maple caramel:

  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup whipping cream

 

 

Grease and dust with flour mini loaf pan or line 12 – hole standard muffin pan. Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a bowl of a stand mixer beat oil, sugar and maple syrup until light. Add eggs, one at the time beating until combined. Add pumpkin puree, kefir and orange zest. In a separated bowl mix flour, soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to the oil mixture mixing until just combined. Add pecans and raisins. Fill each pan hole to the ¾ of capacity. Bake for 40-45 minutes (the wooden skewer inserted into the centre could be a little covered with crumbs). Leave in the pan for few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  

Prepare maple caramel: pour maple syrup to the sauce pan and heat until boiling. Boil for further 5 minutes until darker slightly. Stir in butter and cream and cook for 5-10 minutes until slightly thicken. Cool slightly. Pour over cakes before serving.

 

 

 

 

 

Category: Tea- and bundtcakes.

Tags: maple syrup, pecans, pumpkin, raisins.

Simple plum cake

Among many plum bakes this one distinguishes itself with simplicity and quick preparing. The cake is fluffy and soft, smells of almond and plum juice. Perfect for every Autumn tea time. Enjoy!

 

round pan ø 9 inch

 

 Ingredients:

  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • zest of half lemon
  • 2 cups all purpose or cake flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup kefir
  • 14-15 (blue/prune) plums, pitted and halved
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

icing sugar for dusting

 

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line the pan with parchment paper.

In the bowl of an electric mixer beat butter, almond extract and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs (one at the time) and mix together. Add lemon zest, mix together. In another bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until all ingredients are combined. Add kefir, mix until incorporated. Spoon the cake mixture to the pan. Arrange plum halves around the outer edge (cut side down, slightly slanted). Fill the same way the center surface. Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake (preferably in convection oven) for 40 minutes (until the wooden skewer inserted into center comes out clean). If you bake in traditional oven maybe you will need to use broil mode for 3-5 minutes after baking. Remove from the oven, cool in pan for 1 hour then transfer to a plate.

Dust with icing sugar before serving.

 

 

 

Category: Fruit cakes.

Tags: almonds, plums.

Cereal cake with plums

Easy sponge cake, which contains three cereals: wheat, oat and corn. It is hard to explain but the taste is really cereal-y, rustic, autumnal nostalgic. The plums addition revives the flavour, gives sourness and intensity. The texture is moist and fluffy but still light. Stays fresh for few days. Enjoy!

 

10 cups budtcake pan

 

 Ingredients:

  • ½ cup corn meal
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ¼ cups dark brown sugar*
  • 1 cup natural kefir
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 6-8 plums (I used blue/prune plums), pitted and halved

*if you like very sweet cakes add ¼ cup more sugar

 

 

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease pan and dust with flour.

In a bowl mix together corn meal, oats, flour and baking powder.

In the bowl of an electric mixer beat oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs (one at the time) and mix together. Add milk and kefir, mix together. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix until all ingredients are combined. Press plum halves into the dough arranging them one by one in a row in the middle between longer sides. Bake for 45-50 minutes (until the wooden skewer inserted into center comes out clean). Remove from the oven, cool in pan then transfer to a plate.

 

 

Category: Tea- and bundtcakes.

Tags: cereal, oat, plums.

Rugelach

Rugelach are small, filled crescents. They are traditional Jewish baking and stem from Jewish society located in Poland. You can find them nowadays in many bakeries in Israel. The pastry for rugelach is neither typical shortbread nor yeast. It consists of butter, cream cheese and flour, which composition gives flaky and soft dough at the same time. Traditional filling contains nuts however the combos could vary depending on baker’s taste. Rugelach are delicious and still fresh on the next day unlike yeast dough. Enjoy!

 

36 cookies

 

 Ingredients for pastry:

  • 200g butter, soften
  • 200 g cream cheese
  • 5 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour

Filling:

  • 5-6 tablespoons plum marmalade (optional mixed with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder)
  • 1 cup walnut pecan nuts
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Egg wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

 

 

 

Make pastry: in the bowl of a stand mixer place the softened butter, cream cheese and sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour still mixing on medium speed until the dough forms a ball (the sides of the bowl should be almost clean). When is ready, remove it from the bowl, wrap in a cling film and let cool in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours.

Make filling: chop nuts finely. Add remaining ingredients (except marmalade) and mix until combined.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place the cooled pastry on a lightly floured surface and divide into three. Roll out each part into 1/5 inch thick and circle shaped piece. Cut each circle into four quarters. Cut each quarter into three identical triangular pieces. You will get 12 triangles of each piece of dough. Spread thin layer of marmalade over each triangle piece. Place 1 teaspoon of the filling  onto wider end of each triangle. Roll each piece starting with the wide end with filling. Make egg wash: in small bowl whisk with fork egg and milk.

Place prepared crescents onto baking sheets and brush their tops with egg wash.

Bake cookies (one sheet at the time) for 20-22 minutes until golden beige. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

 

 

Category: Cookies.

Tags: chocolate, pecans, plus, raisins, walnuts.