A great dessert for the fall, pumpkin sweets are also treats that remain tasty during any season. This hearty end-of-meal recipe comes compliments of Bar Cocoa, located in the lobby of the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte in North Carolina.
Bar Cocoa’s pastry chefs create a broad array of all kinds of sweet delights, including pastries, French macarons, gelato, wedding cakes and much more. For anyone who has a sweet tooth, the display in this place is enough to make them swoon.
That said, the following is one recipe conjured up by Bar Coacoa’s own pastry chefs that is easy to prepare and that is delicious all year around but especially when it’s cold outside.
Pumpkin Cheese Cake
- 1 cup Sugar
- 8 oz bars Cream cheese soften
- 3 each Eggs
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon All spice
- 1 cup Pumpkin puree
In a mixing bowl, combine ceam cheese and sugar until smooth. When the mix is smooth, slowly add the eggs and all the spices.
Pour into pan with the pre-made (or pre-purchased) graham cracker crust, which is created using graham crackers crumbs (1 ½ cups), sugar (1/3 cup), melted butter (6 tablespoons) and cinnamon (½ teaspoon)
Bake at 300 degrees F for 40 to 60 minutes
And, there you have it: An incredible pumpkin cheese cake.
Meanwhile, if you’re visiting or live in the Charlotte area, stop by Bar Cocoa in The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte to peruse this delectable shop that also offers cooking labs for all kinds of chocolate afficionados.
The latter is taught by professional chocolatiers who graciously share secrets in three-hour cooking classes that allow participants to cook alongside the chefs of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. In the end, everyone enjoys their own creations in a ceremony that gives new meaning to the term “sugar rush.”
No time for class but don’t want to window shop, or simply don’t want to shop and run?
Stay for dessert as delivered in this deluxe hotel’s Chocolate Afternoon Tea and featured in all-dessert dinners served in The Lobby Lounge. Oh, and be sure and try the pumpkin cheese cake. This just may make you want to whip up a special version of your own.