Ahuyama (Pumpkin) Cheesecake

This might be the best thing I have made so far!  Just like I substituted ahuyama for pumpkin when I made Ahuyama Bread, I decided to try it in a cheesecake for my pseudo-Thanksgiving.  I already had some ahuyama puree and some ground cloves left over from when I made the bread, so it was…

Ahuyama (Pumpkin) Bread

Recently, as I have seen friends and family from back home post pictures of leaves changing colors, fall activities, and Thanksgiving preparations, I have felt a few pangs of “fall-sickness” – rather like homesickness, but missing fall.  Fall is one of my favorite seasons, which apple-picking and pumpkin-carving, hot cider and fires in the fireplace,…

Pecan Pie Tarts

When Mau’s uncle, Pepe, who’s apartment I am living in, mentioned that pecan pie is one of his favorite deserts, it seemed like the perfect excuse to bake again!  Finding pecans here was almost impossible, but Pepe was able to get some a spice shop after I unsuccessfully looked for them in a couple grocery…

Cream Cheese Pie Crust

This is my favorite pie crust, and it is especially delicious with mini-pies or tarts! ————————————————————————— Cream Cheese Pie Crust Makes one 9″ pie crust or around 10-12 mini-crusts Ingredients: 1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese 1/2 cup butter 1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt   Instructions: Soften the cream cheese and butter…

Apple Strudel Muffins

This month, Colombia is celebrating el Día de Amor y Amistad – their version of Valentine’s Day.  My sweet boyfriend sent me beautiful roses, and I decided to bake my apple muffins that he adores in his honor – just to make sure that the recipe works, so when he arrives in 2 weeks, he…

Oatmeal Rasin Chocolate-Chip Cookies

After being here in Colombia for about six weeks, I was itching to bake.  However, I had a few obstacles in front of me:  (i) in the apartment where I am living, there are no measuring cups or spoons so I was “guestimating”; (ii) the ingredients that I bought were basically the same, but there…