Thursday, 11 October 2012

Pumpkin Cheesecake!

Tonight I made my first cheesecake! It is fall, my favorite season, so I had to make pumpkin cheesecake. (See my previous blog for directions on how to make your own pumpkin puree!)

I used this recipe: Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake from I switched some of the sugar for stevia because I am trying to shed a couple of these jolly pounds I have gained. I will be making this again but I will DOUBLE the filling. Not enough cheesecake in my crust!

 I made my crust using this recipe: Graham Cracker Crust I also used some stevia in the crust.

Thanks to the people who shared these recipes on!

Now go make this cheesecake and enjoy! And if you can't wait the three hours it needs to chill in fridge, pop it in the freezer! :)

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Make your own Pumpkin Puree!

I always wanted to make my own pumpkin puree for a few reasons: 1. Fall is pumpkin season, they are easy to find. 2. Support your local farmers and buy their pumpkins! 3. I always feel like I am cheating when I use store bought when I am perfectly capable of making it myself.

This fall I took advantage of my inability to buy pumpkin puree in a can (these silly Swedish people have yet to discover the deliciousness of these orange beauties). So I went to the downtown market, and luckily some of the farmers had pumpkins!

Here are the directions to make your own pumpkin puree. It is so easy!

1. Cut pumpkin in half. Remove the pulp and seeds. (keep seeds in you want to eat them later)

2. Cover pumpkin halves with foil and place on a cookie sheet.
3. Bake in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1-2 hours. This depends on the pumpkin's size. Remove from oven when pumpkin is tender/ the skin peels away pretty easily.

4. Let cool.
5. Peel away pumpkin from skin.

6. Put the pumpkin in blender or food processor and blend until there are no chunks.

7. Freeze or use, whatever you want :) I saved mine in the freezer in 850 gram boxes (the equivalent of two 15 oz cans)
8. Make something delicious like pumpkin bread or pumpkin cheesecake and ENJOY!