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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Photo by Viana Boenzli

The first time I made this pumpkin cheesecake recipe, there were no leftovers to take home...they ate it all! Guess I'll just have to make another one.

Crust:
10 oz graham crackers or gingersnaps
1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter ( melted )
Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling:
1 lb Philadelphia cream cheese ( softened )
3/4 c granulated sugar
16 oz pure pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp flour
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Whipped Cream :
1 c heavy cream
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
12
Nutritions

Calories
578

Sodium
211mg
8% DV

Fat
37g
57% DV

Protein
5g
10% DV

Carbs
54g
18% DV

Fiber
3g
12% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

It's apple cider muffin season! Moist, fluffy muffins with apple cider, shredded apple, and your favorite apple pie spices, with a cinnamon streusel on top.

Muffins:
1-1/2 c apple cider
1 large egg
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c brown sugar ( packed )
4 Tbsp unsalted butter ( melted )
1/2 c milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp salt
1 apple ( peeled, cored, and shredded )
Extra melted butter for greasing muffin pan
Cinnamon Sugar Streusel:
1/3 c all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp unsalted butter ( softened )
1/3 c chopped nuts ( optional )
16 muffins
Nutritions

Calories
4416

Sodium
4148mg
172% DV

Fat
123g
189% DV

Protein
100g
201% DV

Carbs
720g
245% DV

Fiber
32g
130% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

Learn how to make croissants (and pain au chocolat!) It should be flaky, with as many rich buttery layers as possible, this beautiful pastry defying gravity itself.

4 c all-purpose flour ( sifted )
1/3 c granulated sugar
3 Tbsp unsalted butter ( softened )
2-1/4 tsp instant yeast
1-1/2 tsp salt
1 c whole milk
1/4 c water ( at room temperature )
1-1/4 c (2-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter ( softened - for laminating )
1 large egg, plus a few drops of water ( for egg wash )
12
Nutritions

Calories
629

Sodium
222mg
9% DV

Fat
33g
51% DV

Protein
10g
21% DV

Carbs
66g
22% DV

Fiber
3g
14% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

I admit it...I'm a chocoholic! These triple chocolate cupcakes feature a chocolate cake, plus chocolate ganache filling and a light, whipped buttercream frosting.

Cupcake Batter:
1-1/2 c flour ( sifted )
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 c cocoa powder
2 oz chocolate bar ( melted )
2 Tbsp unsalted butter ( softened )
1/3 c canola oil
2 large eggs
1 c heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c brewed coffee
Ganache Filling:
4 oz chocolate bar
1/4 c heavy cream
Frosting:
1 c unsalted butter ( softened )
1/2 c cocoa powder
5 c confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c heavy cream
18
Nutritions

Calories
744

Sodium
140mg
5% DV

Fat
42g
65% DV

Protein
6g
13% DV

Carbs
91g
31% DV

Fiber
6g
25% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

Making your own pasta is easier than you think. Halloween is right around the corner, so I decided to add a little Halloween and make Squid Ink Pasta.

2-2/3 c 00 flour
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp salt
.25 oz cuttlefish ink
12 large shrimp ( peeled and deveined )
8 sea scallops
2 medium tomatoes ( chopped )
3 cloves garlic ( chopped )
1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 c white wine
1 c pasta cooking liquid
1/2 Tbsp hot pepper flakes
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 c Italian flat leaf parsley ( chopped )
Salt and pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
1563

Sodium
5357mg
223% DV

Fat
5g
9% DV

Protein
90g
180% DV

Carbs
282g
96% DV

Fiber
26g
104% DV
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World's Best Apple Pie

Photo by Viana Boenzli

There's no better time of year than now to make the world's best apple pie...from scratch. It's easy as pie!

Apple Pie Crust:
2-1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 c cold, unsalted butter ( cut into pea-sized pieces )
Ice water
Extra butter for greasing pie pan
Apple Pie Filling:
6-7 apples ( peeled, cored, and sliced )
1 c granulated sugar
1/4 c flour
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Apple Pie Topping:
1 large egg
Splash of cream
Coarse sugar
8
Nutritions

Calories
518

Sodium
505mg
21% DV

Fat
27g
42% DV

Protein
8g
16% DV

Carbs
54g
18% DV

Fiber
2g
10% DV
112

Mom's Jewish Apple Cake Recipe

Photo by Viana Boenzli

Oh, the fond memories I have of my mom's Jewish apple cake recipe. This dense yet moist cake is layered with scrumptious fall apples, then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and baked to perfection.

5 apples ( peeled, cored, and cut into 12 thick slices )
2/3 c cinnamon sugar ( 2/3 c sugar mixed with 1-1/4 tsp cinnamon )
3 c flour
2 c granulated sugar
3 tsp baking powder
4 large eggs
1 c neutral oil
1/4 c orange juice
2-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Vegetable shortening and extra flour for greasing pan
12
Nutritions

Calories
634

Sodium
18mg
0% DV

Fat
33g
51% DV

Protein
7g
15% DV

Carbs
74g
25% DV

Fiber
3g
13% DV
25

Lemon Meringue Pie

Photo by Viana Boenzli

My lemon meringue pie recipe is absolutely irresistible. The flaky butter crust is filled with smooth tangy lemon deliciousness, then topped off with a gorgeous amount of fluffy, lightly sweet meringue.

Pie Crust:
2-1/2 c all-purpose flour ( sifted )
1 c unsalted butter ( cold, cut into pea-sized pieces )
1 tsp salt
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
A few Tbsp ice water
Vegetable shortening for greasing pie pan
Lemon Filling:
5 large egg yolks
1-1/4 c water
1-1/4 c granulated sugar
1/3 c plus 1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 c lemon juice
1 Tbsp lemon zest
Meringue:
5 large egg whites ( at room temperature )
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
8
Nutritions

Calories
304

Sodium
334mg
13% DV

Fat
7g
11% DV

Protein
11g
23% DV

Carbs
51g
17% DV

Fiber
3g
13% DV
732

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Photo by Viana Boenzli

You've absolutely got to try my Chocolate Zucchini Bread. There is no flavor of zucchini...zip, zilch, nada. All you'll taste is fluffy chocolatey goodness.

1 large egg ( at room temperature )
1/4 c butter ( melted, but not hot )
1/4 c applesauce
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c light brown sugar ( packed )
1/2 c granulated sugar
2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 c zucchini ( peeled and finely shredded )
1 c chocolate chips ( divided )
Flaky sea salt
Vegetable shortening ( for greasing pan )
8
Nutritions

Calories
675

Sodium
265mg
11% DV

Fat
21g
32% DV

Protein
12g
24% DV

Carbs
120g
40% DV

Fiber
9g
39% DV
23

Peach Upside Down Cake

Photo by Viana Boenzli

It's August. The days are long and the sun is shining bright. And peaches are in season. That means it's time to make a Peach Upside Down Cake!

Cake:
6 Tbsp butter ( at room temperature )
3/4 c granulated sugar
1 c cake flour ( sifted )
1 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs ( at room temperature )
1/2 c whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Peaches and Simple Syrup:
2 ripe freestone or cling-free peaches ( sliced into thin wedges )
1/2 c dark brown sugar ( packed )
1/2 c water
Topping:
Homemade whipped cream
8
Nutritions

Calories
318

Sodium
433mg
18% DV

Fat
11g
17% DV

Protein
5g
10% DV

Carbs
52g
17% DV

Fiber
2g
8% DV

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