Last week, we had a tease of Fall with rain and brisk, chilly weather. I pulled out my boots and sweaters only to put them away this week. While I absolutely love living in a city which sees so much sunshine, I do look forward to the Fall, even if it’s simply for the change in colors and the inspiration to bake and cook.
My husband and I enjoy coffee…sometimes too much. But while my husband typically prefers just a touch of milk and sugar, I tend to be a more lavish coffee drinker and my java of choice during this time of year is Gingerbread Latte. Inspired by the season and my love for all-things coffee, I thought I’d create a cheesecake version of my favorite drink.
Cheesecake, in and of itself, can actually be made with just a few simple ingredients. But I wanted to kick it up a gourmet notch so I thought about the ingredients I wanted to include so that their flavors meshed well without overwhelming. One of my most important considerations was the type of coffee I’d use in the dish. When coffee is used in a dish, it doesn’t always have the same prominence as it does on it’s own, so I chose a bold blend.
Smart & Final offers a French Roast blend which is dark and extremely aromatic. As soon as I picked it up and took a whiff, I knew it would be perfect for the dish.
While I used a pre-made crust, I recommend making your own with crushed graham crackers or vanilla wafers (45-50), 1 stick of unsalted butter, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Once you’ve combined the ingredients, press into a pie pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
This is a rich, flavorful cheesecake that tasted much like my favorite drink. The true test of whether or not it came out well was my husband…who ate every single crumb! I’ll definitely be bringing this dish to one of our holiday celebrations this Fall/Winter.
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Recipe, Images: Rockin’ Mama