Basque Burnt Cheesecake

A couple years ago I had Basque Burnt Cheesecake for the first time at this little Spanish restaurant in Portland.  My first thought was, why have I never heard of this?  My second thought was, how can I recreate this?  Deep brown and almost caramelized on the outside, fluffy and creamy on the inside, no crust, this was some kind of cheesecake magic.  It has begun to grow in popularity lately, popping up in food magazines, blogs, and restaurants.  And while it isn’t pretty and looks like, well, burnt cheesecake, your taste buds will thank you for trying it out.

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

What better way to wrap up the last full month of summer than with a recipe that uses up that certain produce everyone who owns a garden is trying to foist onto everyone else right now.  Zucchini!  Love it or hate it, it is quite abundant this time of year.  And even if you don’t like this green veggie, hiding it in a chocolate quick bread is obviously the best thing to do with it.  It will certainly make you reconsider your non-zucchini eating stance.  And, as usual, we’ve got you covered with a gluten-free variation and a whole wheat/natural sugar variation.

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Hummingbird Cake

If you didn’t grow up in the South or know someone from there, Hummingbird Cake might be something you’ve never heard of.  Well, thank goodness for you, that is about to change.  And no, there aren’t any hummingbirds involved.  This swoon-worthy Southern dessert consists of three layers of cake full of bananas, canned pineapple, sometimes nuts, and slathered together with cream cheese frosting.  How it got its name or where it actually originated from is a bit of a mystery.  But one thing is for sure, it is dang delicious!

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