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Make Ahead Cranberry Linzer Tart

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Cranberry Linzer TartCranberry Linzer Tart with its bright deep red, vibrant,  cranberry filling is a variation of the Viennese Linzer Tart with raspberry filling.  The spiced Linzer pastry is a perfect partner with the cranberries.   It is best made ahead so the flavors can blend making this a natural for the holiday season.  It can also be baked and frozen until needed.

Often pastry crusts are simply carriers for whatever it holds, Linzer tart pastry is as important as the filling. There are several ways to get the lattice top on the tart, the one used is quick and easy. Continue reading

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce

This Pumpkin Cheesecake is highlighted by an out of this world Salted Caramel sauce.  As if that weren’t enough it is easy to put together with all the flavors of the season.

The most frustrating part of cheesecakes is the possibility of their cracking.

Most of my cheesecakes at the bakery were baked at 350°F.  After the specified time for baking, the ovens were turned off and the cheesecakes sat in the ovens for another specified amount of time, usually the same amount as they baked. Continue reading

Eggnog Cheesecake

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Eggnog CheesecakeI’m glad the holidays only roll around once a year because I love eggnog.  When we were younger we entertained a lot and I made an eggnog that my husband still talks about and he hasn’t had it in years!  To be sure it was boozy.  But it was also balanced with heavy cream and the combination made it easy to drink a lot – which too many people did!

This cheesecake is as easy as it gets and is perfect for the holidays.  It can be made ahead and frozen completely finished.  Just thaw it at least day ahead in the refrigerator.

Nutmeg is a must and adds the defining taste to an Eggnog Cheesecake.  So if cheesecake is your thing, this is one to add to your list.

The whipped cream wreath around the Eggnog Cheesecake is reminiscent of the marvelous foam that topped the eggnog.

This is a variation of the Sour Cream Cheesecake so it may look a bit familiar.  But as cheesecakes go, this is one of the creamiest and smoothest to be found.

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