11.11.10

Thanksgiving Memories--Spiced Chocolate Cheesecake And Making Caramel Decorations


Traditions that I'd never new before. 


And that I've learned to love and to understand. 
 

Living in different countries has shown me beautiful holiday traditions. Some of them were very unfamiliar to me. And Thanksgiving was one of them. One of the most inspiring and beautiful celebrations besides Christmas--That I enjoyed since the first moment I knew it existence.



For many years, I've celebrated Thanksgiving day--It always brings memorable thoughts about family and friends. And nowadays ... living in a country that does not celebrate this wonderful festive holiday-- It became the tradition that I missed the most.



I remember the pleasant feeling of having such a colorful and delectable dinner. And the love of our dearest people.


One of my favorite memories to keep for ever and ever.

Lovely tablecloths,Thanksgiving table decorations and irresistible aromas filled our house and hearts with joy and gratitude.Those aromas...

Turkey, cranberries, candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie. Yes, lots of  foods, lots of herbs and spices and lots of laughter!


Yes, the inspiration to make this dessert came from joyful memories...
 

Ohhhh...The warmth of spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves…they all reminds me of pumpkin pie--my favorite Thanksgiving treat



I added chocolate chips to the cheesecake mixture and it really works wonders!




Hope you like it! 





I want to take a few moments to thank everyone who left comments on this blog. Thanks for your lovely words and Inspirational Blogs full of delicious recipes!  


Gracias a todos !

Thanks everyone!



Thanks to my family, who encouraged me so much in life and helped me become the person I am today.

And Thanks to my Hungry ‘Hubby’ J. for all his love and support.

 



And so it is time to say 'Happy Thanksgiving' to all of those who will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day this upcoming Thursday!


And for those of you who do not know about ThanksgivingThis could be a great opportunity to simply be thankful for anything and everything!

Spiced Chocolate Cheesecake with Caramel Decorations
Makes 2-3 mini-cheesecakes (depending ring size)

6 chocolate biscuits (I use Oreo cookies)
20 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
150 g / 5 Oz. cream cheese
2 Tbsp. vanilla essence
2 Tbsp. Caster sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon powder
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. ginger powder

Chocolate chips
* You can also use all-spice instead

Preparation:
In a medium bowl crush biscuits and mix with the butter. Take two 7 cm metal rings and place them on the serving plates. And add cookie mixture to form the base of the cheesecake.
In a separate bowl mix the cream cheese, the vanilla essence, sugar and spices and chocolate chips. Mix well and fill the rings with the cream cheese mixture. Carefully lift the rings off. Place in the fridge until ready to serve.
Garnish each cheesecake with caramel decorations and a little piece of cinnamon stick. 

For the Caramel Decorations:
30 g / 1 Oz. Caster Sugar

For the Caramel decoration:
Place the sugar in a non-stick pan on a medium-high heat. Do Not Stir. And when sugar starts to turn into a caramel, just tilt the pan to mix the sugar. When all the sugar is dissolved or until melted and golden remove pan from the heat. Gently pour caramel on a well-oiled tray. Allow to cool and harden. Break into shards or squares to serve

22 comments:

Nik said...

Aunque soy española, me gusta la tradición de dar gracias en una fecha señalada, y esta puede ser una buena ocasión. Gracias a ti por compartir tu buen gusto y tu habilidad mostrándonos estas exquisitas recetas.
Besos,
Dominique

foodtravelandwine said...

Aldy....gracias preciosa a ti por tu blog, tu alegria, tu inspiracion y tus ricas recetas!!....esta receta esta deliciosa!!....de seguro cae en mi proximo Thanksgiving!!....aca en canada ya lo celebramos (se celebra antes que en USA).....Abrazotes, Marcela

Stefania said...

Un perfetto capovolaro di pasticceria, bravissima ciao

El dia mas dulce said...

Wow!!!! Aldy que maravilloso cheesecake y que fotos. Pienso que todos los dias hay que dar las gracias por lo que tenemos, que no es poco.

Un beso

Cherine said...

The cheesecake is awesome!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Marcela said...

Me encantó el toque de las decoraciones de caramelo, con ese color dorado anaranjado...
Delicioso pensar en todas esas especias también.
Un beso,

Marcela

Hilmar said...

Qué delicia de cheesecake!
Me encanta esas decoraciones de caramelo, qué rico! La presentación es divina.
Feliz día de Acción de Gracias!
besos,

Torviewtoronto said...

deliciously decorated cheesecake looks very delicious

Quicks said...

I just love your cinnamon cheesecake.
Look so cute and delicate--not to mention delicious ;D Oh, and the Caramel decoration makes it look even more pretty.

Happy Thanksgiving!

sinfullyspicy said...

Hi Aldy,
Thanks for stopping by.This cheesecake looks so gorgeous.I am still to try one .You have done the caramel chips beautifully.Happy Thanksgiving!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Delightful little cheesecakes! I love cinnamon and caramel. Pretty too.

Cheers,

Rosa

Kako said...

Aldy, que cheescake mas original y perfecto para mi, me encanta la canela y el toque decorativo con el caramelo es precioso.
Un beso

Erika said...

Nunca probé cheesecake especiado , tampoco pumpkin pie y hace rato que le tengo ganas. como bien sabés por aca el Thenksgiving day no se festeja, me parece muy lindo que haya un día para detenerse y agradecer.
Cariños

Dimah said...

Oh, this looks stunning! What a great combination of flavors!

hungryandfrozen said...

I love the idea of a cinnamon cheesecake. All the Thanksgiving food sounds so good :)

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Oh, cinnamon cheesecake sounds divine! Love the garnish!

Hilda said...

Aquí no se celebra, pero todos deberiamos tener nuestro día de Acción de Gracias.

Me ha entusiasmado tu blog, con permiso me quedo.

Besinos

Caro said...

Hermoso blog...Qué fotos maravillosas!!! Te felicito...Besitos desde Argentina!!

Al Dente Gourmet said...

Thanks Everybody!!! Beautiful words. Thanks a lot!!!



Gracias a todos por tan bonitas palabras. Muchas Gracias!!!

fromBAtoParis said...

Hola Aldy !!!

Tendrias que haber presentado esto en "la competencia" Esta 10000 veces mejor, mas rico y mas fino, que algunos de las cosas que se ven por ahi !!!
Te mando un beso grande y mil gracias por tu apoyo!!!

Mexico in my kitchen said...

Una orden de Cheese cake por favor.
Asi me lo recomendo el doctor, chiquito, solo para mi. Te quedo de lujo.

Saludos, me llevo al receta.

Mely

Mari said...

I really would love to taste this cheese cake. It looks amazingly delicious.

Un saludo :)

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