It’s here! I am really looking forward to sharing with you all some great new recipes every week. I have participated in a few online cooking memes and have long wanted to start my own. With the help of my friend Henia at Simplicity by the Sea we’re putting together Food of the Sun – with each week featuring a different course all with a Mediterranean twist.
We’re starting off with holiday or winter desserts. My recipe is for Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Gingersnap crust. This is a good blending of Mediterranean and American style desserts. Pumpkin is often found in Morocco, mixed into couscous most predominantly. I have found that pumpkins there are a little sweeter than they are here, which might be attributed to more sun and less storage time before consumption.
This is a dessert plate that I made recently with Whoopie Pies, Cake Balls and Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake.
1 can of pumpkin puree (about 14 oz)
1 package of cream cheese (8oz) softened
pumpkin pie spice (mix of cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg)
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or 1/2 seeds of 1 vanilla bean
1/2 box ginger snaps
6 tbsp melted butter
Beat everything (except butter and gingersnaps) together in a large mixing bowl until smooth and set aside. In a food processor crush ginger snaps and add in butter. They will become sticky but will remain loose.
Grease a muffin tin of your choice size. In the bottom of each well, press a tbsp of ginger snap mixture. Top each with the cheesecake mixture, allowing the cups to be full almost to the top. Place into a 350F preheated oven for 15 minutes. The cooking time will depend on the size of the cheesecake you make. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Top with whipped cream before serving.