why pumpkin pie? (cheesecake!)
- This was bob's first encounter with hazelnuts. In liquid form. By coincidence one of his
sister-in-laws stumbled upon this recipe at the same time as bob, maybe
Bon Appetit, and
somehow made it and shipped bob a piece by mail crossing paths with a copy of the recipe
sent to her by bob without each other realizing the other's simultaneous activities.
- Well, a google search on "pumpkin cheesecake
frangelico" turns up the exact recipe in a motherload of cheesecake recipes
but with no citation of the original source. Another hobby site like this one. Just for
fun, not making any money. And again at a booze site,
no citation. And again at a Jewish
cheesecake site, no citation. Funny how these things get around in the public domain.
- This was an annual fall favorite until his then newly acquired in-laws made it known
they liked plain old pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Oh well.
- Apparently there was some inertia in dr bob's postdoc mentality as he embarked on his
career as a professor. Looking back from later affluence, it is a bit strange to think of
having worried about the price tag on an unpretentious bottle of alcohol.
- The original Frangelico pumpkin cheesecake recipe website links are all
history, but now we have google and a
self-updating search list. We revisited this after more than a decade
and in a new century, after which the 5 eggs seemed a bit excessive, but we
decided to replicate the recipe exactly, including the advice about ignoring
the jiggling center. A mistake: let it bake at least an hour and stick a
toothpick in the problematic region to test it out for doneness. And bob did
not actually read all the details and skipped the freezer step for the
crust, which might have reduced the carmelization of the outer crust ring
during the baking process. Make sure the outer edge is not thicker than the
central region, since this seems to contribute to the toughening up of this
vulnerable part of the crust, a slight problem when trying to cut serving
- We don't make this anymore, no demand from the family, but we can dream.
Here is a dream trigger:
CBS Sunday Morning pumpkin-hazelnut cheesecake recipe. From
Cooking light, with a little
boost from their dessert specialist. Oops, its from this months magazine
which is sitting in the pile, bob never got a chance to browse.
- Illustrations available.