Peach and Pecan Cake

Peach Pecan Cake

This dessert is delectable, and will bring a bang to your palate and satisfaction to your tummy. There is no added white or whole wheat flour to this cake., but rather ginger snap cookies, processed in to crumbs.

Ginger is beneficial for many things. Ginger has been studied and reported as having positive results for people who suffer from insomnia and nightmares caused by anxiety. The study was published in 2010 stating, “Positive results have shown that ginger binds to some serotonin receptors. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects overall mood and anxiety levels”.

Ginger is also good for cold and flu prevention and treatment, migraine relief, menstrual cramp relief for women, as well as prevention of diabetic nephropathy or kidney damage. Ginger also aides in the digestion processes.

As good as this dessert my be, and it has ginger in it, you will not get any of the above mentioned results. Ginger snap cookies only have a less than 2% ginger root in the cookie. I am not really sure how they even get away with calling them ginger snap cookies!!

But if you wish for the results of what fresh ginger root can do for your health, then purchase it on your next grocery shopping day.

For more information about fresh ginger root, read this article: Benefits of Ginger.

Now for our featured recipe: Peach and Pecan Cake and here is what you will need:

Ingredients for Peach Pecan cake

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
cup packed brown sugar
4 eggs
1/2 cup half-and-half
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup gingersnap crumbs
1 (6-ounce) package almond brickle chips
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1 (16-ounce) can sliced peaches, well drained and chopped (not shown on cutting board)
Whipping cream to garnish (optional)

Picture of 9 - inch Square Pan and Parchment Paper

Preheat your oven to 350°F.  Next line the bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, and set aside.

Picture of Chop Peaches and Process Ginger Snap Cookies

Next open the can of peaches and drain off the juice. Empty the can of peaches and chop them into one inch pieces and place them in a medium bowl and set aside. Place the ginger snap cookies in a food processor and process them to almost flour like texture, then pour the crumbs into a small bowl and set aside.

Picture of Processing Cream Cheese, Brown Sugar and Eggs

Now add room temperature cream cheese and sugar to a food processor and process until well blended and creamy. Next add eggs, one at a time, mixing in after each addition.

Picture of Vanilla and Half & Half

Blend in half-and-half and vanilla.

Picture of Cookie Crumbs, Toffee, Pecans and Coconut

Add ginger crumbs, toffee chips, pecans and coconut, and process on mix for thirty seconds.

Picture of Mix in Peaches

Pour mixture into a large bowl and stir in chopped peaches.

Picture of Pouring Cake and Placing into Oven

Next pour cake mixture into the 9 – inch square prepared pan. Place the cake into the heated oven and bake 35 to 40 minutes or until center is firm (checking with a knife, insert and should come out clean) and edges are golden brown.

Peach Pecan Cake

Plate and serve warm or chilled. Garnish with peach slices whipped cream, and mint or basil, if desired.

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Blueberry Cheesecake in a Jar

Blueberry Cheesecake in a jar

Here’s a fun way to enjoy cheesecake. We used blueberries, though you could use any fruit you like. Enjoy!!

Here is what you will need:

1 ½ cups graham crumbs

1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

2- 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs, at room temperature

1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup Greek yogurt

6 short wide mouthed mason jars

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil for a water bath.

Wash mason jars in hot soapy water. Let air dry.

Meantime, crush gram crackers in a plastic bag to equal 1 ½ cups (about 8 to 10 crackers). Fill each jar with ¼ cup of cracker crumbs, set aside.

Cream sugar and cream cheese together, using a food processor. Next add eggs, one at a time mixing in after each addition. Mix in lemon zest and vanilla extract. Add Greek yogurt and mix in till well incorporated.

Divide the cream cheese filling among the jars (about 1 cup per jar) and smooth the tops. Top with 7 to 8 blueberries.

Place the filled jars in a roasting pan and place pan in the oven. Pour hot water into roasting pan to come about 1/2 inch up the sides of the jars, taking care not to get any water into the jars.

Bake until the cheesecakes are set but still jiggle slightly in the center, 35 to 40 minutes for the taller jars, 40 to 45 minutes for the rounder jars.

Remove the jars from the water bath with tongs and let cool to room temperature. Chill for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.

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Ferrara Orange Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake

Ferrara Orange Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake

A cheesecake based on the Ferrara Chocolate Orange Candy. We went a step further adding caramel. A step beyond that as well, because the Ferrara Chocolate Orange Candy doesn’t have a crust, but our Ferrara Cheesecake does. The crust is prepared of oats, almonds, and pecans. Then brought together with real butter and sweetened with sugar.

You can use orange zest or as we did real orange extract to mix into the cake. Real oranges are used to top the cake. They include their peel as well. Are you aware of the benefits of the orange peel? Most of the vitamin C is found there.The peel also is rich in vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, selenium, manganese, and zinc (read more here: Benefits of the Orange Peel). Selenium works hand in hand with CoQ10 to provide the energy your heart needs to keep pumping.

The Ferrara Orange Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake, a delectable dessert to enjoy any time of the day or week!!

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Carrot Coconut Bread

Carrot Coconut Bread

1¼ cups flour

¾ cup sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. nutmeg

1 cup sweet shredded coconut

2 large eggs, beaten

½ cup vegetable oil

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup shredded carrot

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

 

In a large bowl, sift together first 7 ingredients. Then mix in shredded coconut.

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs then add oil and mix well; add the yogurt, vanilla and mix until fully incorporated. Stir the shredded carrots into the egg mixture, and then fold into the dry mixture until just combined.

Pour into four 4 to 5 inch spring form pans lined with parchment paper. Bake for 35 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes and then remove bread and cool on a rack.

Frosting for bread as follows: Whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar, 8 oz. soft cream cheese and 1 tsp. vanilla. Spread over cooled bread. Reserve some cream cheese to decorate carrots on top. Use orange and green food coloring and a pastry bag. Orange is for the carrot and green for the leaf.

 

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Sour Cream Blueberry Banana Cheesecake

Sour Cream Blueberry Banana Cheesecake

This cheesecake is touch and go. As we noted in our article “Cheesecake Tips” you cannot open and close the door during the baking process as it lowers the temperature and the oven has to spend time to reheat and this affects the cake or actually the cooking and setting of the eggs. So make sure the cake has baked at least 45 minutes before removing from the oven to add the blueberry sour cream topping. If the water-bath container you are using has handles, remove gently from oven place on stove top and quickly top with the sour cream mixture and return to oven.

 Crust

1 ½ cups quick-cooking oats, processed
½ cup walnuts, processed
½ cup packed brown sugar
8 tbsp. butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Mix together the processed oats and nuts. Stir in brown sugar and butter until well combined. Press firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan prepared with parchment paper. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.

Filling
2 – 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1 cup Greek yogurt, plain
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. lemon juice
4 eggs

 In a food processor cream the sugar and cream cheese. Add the mashed bananas, yogurt, and lemon juice until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Do not over mix. Pour into the prepared crust. Bake for 45 minutes. While the cake is baking, prepare blueberry sour cream topping.

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Cheesecake Tips

Cheesecake tips

  1. Avoid over-beating the batter as this can incorporate additional air and tends to cause cracking on the surface of the cheesecake. To avoid the additional air or cracking be sure to eliminate all possible lumps in the cream cheese before you add the eggs. It is the eggs that will hold air in the batter, beat them in one at a time and mix as little as possible once they are added. It is best to add the eggs last. Just reverse steps 2 and 4 in the previous image.
  1. Avoid over-baking the cheesecake. Baking times are not always exact, due to variations in ovens. The cheesecake will continue to bake after it is removed from the oven. The center of the cheesecake should be just slightly moist when it is ready to be removed.
  1. Cheesecakes, like custards, rely heavily on eggs to set, which means they must cook gently and slowly. Otherwise the eggs will overcook and constrict when cooled, resulting in an undesirable split in your smooth cake. Quick changes of temperature upset the structure of the cake, which can also cause cracks. It is advised once placing cheesecake in the oven; do not open the oven door for any reason, except after it has reached the minimum 45 minutes baking time. Cheesecakes are baked in a water bath (a pan of water) to moderate the temperature. The water bath remains at a constant temperature, the cake sets slowly, resulting in a well-cooked cheesecake.
  1. Upon removing the cake from the oven, loosen the cake from the edge of the pan by running the tip of a knife or narrow spatula between the top edge of the cake and the side of the pan. This will allow the cake to pull away freely from the pan as it cools and also avoid cracking the center of the cake.
  1.  Baked cheesecakes freeze well. But cheesecakes with high water content, such as fresh fruit mix into the cheesecake, may become icy, so freezing is not advised. To freeze the cake cool completely and wrap it securely in heavy-duty foil or plastic wrap, but do not freeze cheesecakes with garnishes or toppings. The cake will keep its quality in frozen form for up to 1 month. When ready to serve remove cake from freezer and allow thawing to room temperature. Remove the wrapping place on a dessert plate. Top with your desired garnish, plate and serve.
  1. If cracking does accrue, fill the cracks with soft cream cheese or sour cream.  The image below shows a cheesecake cracked and was filled with sour cream. Cracks will happen time to time, even if you did everything right.
  1. Always use one egg per 8 ounces of dairy.
  1. fill cracks on a cheesecake with sour cream

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