lefse (a Norwegian flatbread) from leftover mashed potatoes and we all bring our leftover pies, and we eat turkey, stuffing and whatever else wraps in lefse and then eat a bunch of desserts. It's a hard life.
I took the opportunity to try two new dessert recipes, both of which were awesome, and both of which we obviously needed because we only had this many pies:
One that I made is this chocolate-crusted, chocolate-cranberry-swirled round of creamy nirvana. Definitely one of my favorite cheesecakes I've made. I'm really into cranberries this season, too. Oh, and did you see the cranberry cream pie in the pic above? One of my cousins made it. I was super flattered.
2 cups fresh cranberries, picked over
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
2/3 cup cranberry or orange juice
1 1/2 cups finely crushed chocolate wafer cookies
3 T all-purpose flour, divided
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup milk
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
Prepare cranberry sauce: In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, 3/4
cup sugar, and cranberry or orange juice. Cook and stir over
medium-high heat until mixture comes to boiling; reduce heat. Boil
gently, uncovered, for 3 to 4 minutes or until cranberries pop, stirring
occasionally. Cool to room temperature. (Makes 1 3/4 cups.)
Preheat oven to 375. For crust, in a medium bowl, combine crushed
chocolate cookies and 1 T flour; stir in melted butter. Press mixture
evenly onto the bottom and 1 1/2 to 2 inches up the side of a 9-inch
springform pan; set aside.
3. For filling, in a large bowl,
combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, vanilla and the remaining 2 T flour.
Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add eggs
and milk; beat just until combined. Divide filling in half.
Stir 3/4 cup of the cranberry sauce into melted chocolate; stir
chocolate mixture into half of the filling. Pour chocolate filling into
crust-lined pan, spreading evenly. Spoon plain filling over chocolate
filling; swirl gently to marble.
5. Place springform pan in a
shallow baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or
until a 2 1/2-inch area around the outside edge appears set when gently
6. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a
small knife, loosen crust from side of pan; cool for 30 minutes. Remove
side of pan; cool cheesecake completely on rack. Cover and chill for
at least 4 hours before serving. Serve with remaining cranberry sauce.
Makes 12 servings.
Recipe from Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Baking magazine, December 2010