Today is my sister’s birthday. I love her so much, I made her a cake. A cake you don’t have to bake. A cake that’s naturally sweetened. A cake so delicious and embarrassingly easy to make it will be the star on your holiday dessert table. The cheese is rich, smooth and sweetened with honey. The crust is buttery, sweetened with dates and spiced for the season with cardamom. Add a shot of triple sec to the berries if you’re feeling really festive.
First pulse the almond flour, walnut pieces, cardamom and salt together. Next, add the dates one by one. Careful not to over process.
Firmly press crust contents into pie form.
Stir cheese and honey together until well combined.
Place cheese filling on top of crust and chill for an hour to set.
Heat up a bag of frozen berries with maple syrup until warm. Add some vanilla here if you like. Top the cheesecake with the warm berries.
In a food processor, pulse almond flour, walnut pieces, cardamom and salt together. Add the dates one at a time. The crust will be crumbly but will stick together when pressed into your pie dish. Whip cheese and honey together with fork until well combined. Pour cheese mixture onto crust and chill to set, about an hour. Mix frozen berries with maple syrup in a pot until warm. Top the cheesecake with the berries and pomegranate. Serve.
I’ve been wanting to make these harvest waffles ever since I made these beer waffles. They were so good, I knew I had to make a fall-time version. So while everyone is busy planning the big Thanksgiving menu – I say don’t forget about breakfast! These festive waffles are the perfect way to start your holiday. They are yeasty and packed full of apple cider spice flavor but still light enough so you’ll have an appetite to chow down with your family and friends in the afternoon. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!
Mix dry ingredients together then whisk in remaining ingredients in large bowl until smooth. Cover and let stand in warm place until bubbly, about 30 minutes.
This is what delicious, yeasty apple cider waffle batter looks like.
Chop up apples and place in pot with a little dab of butter and teaspoon of cinnamon. Cook until warm and add pecans.
Ingredients for the Waffles
1 package yeast
1/4 cup warm water
12 oz apple cider
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans
butter for greasing the waffle iron
Dissolve yeast in warm room temperature water, making sure no clumps remain. You can read more about yeasty best practices here. Mix dry ingredients together then whisk in remaining ingredients in large bowl until smooth. Cover and let stand in warm place until bubbly, about 30 minutes. While the batter rises prepare the apple pecan topping. Chop up apples and place in pot with a little dab of butter and teaspoon of cinnamon. Warm until fragrant then add the pecans (toasted salted are good here). When the batter is ready, prepare the waffles. Top with apples, pecans and maple syrup.