Adventures in babysitting…

There are many times in my life that I am glad that I am a fattie. Just like in my adult life, in my childhood I was less than a petite flower.
Growing up my BFF was DB, those were her initials and that is what I called her. We became bff’s because our parents were bff’s and when they would go out for an evening among adults I would sleep over at DB’s house. Why not at mine? Simple. Number one, their pool had the slide, mine did not. Second, she had an older brother who would watch us. Though watch isn’t really what I would call it. More like sibling and sibling friend torture. This is where my chunkiness worked for me.
See, DB was small. Really small, both height and weight. I would say at the time she was about 70 pounds (to this day she is probably not over 100…she eats, she is just tiny… bitch). Her brother was a good sitter when it was just him. He left us alone and that was about it. Trouble stirred when his friends would come over, then we were fair game. Well, DB was. See I bit them when the messed with me. :P That will teach them.
But, DB, poor DB would get hung upside down in the closet by her feet. They tried it once with me, did not go over well at all. Visualize if you will a hefty 12 year old falling onto the groin of DB’s brother’s friend. ;) Oops, sorry about that…not.
One time, it was right after Thanksgiving and we were to eat leftovers for our dinner. DB’s brother’s friend told us to save him a piece of pie. I ate it. That’s right, take that. I was chased around a lot that night, got piled on and given Indian burns and what not on my skin. No worries though, I got my revenge. See I had to eat 4 pieces of pie to insure that DB’s brother and friends got no pie. Needless to say my tummy was a tad queasy. My revenge…vomit in his sleeping bag.
Amazingly enough I didn’t get an aversion to pumpkin after that…thank goodness.
When talking to my mom the other day she mentioned seeing a Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecake in some magazine. It sounded so good and so I was off to make some, mini ones in fact. This is basically just a pumpkin cheesecake topped with pecans, chocolate glaze and caramel. But oh my, does it make pumpkin cheesecake taste all that much better.

Mini Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecakes

1 cup pumpkin puree
½  cup heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1 ¼  pounds cream cheese
½  cup granulated sugar
½  cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 TBSP cornstarch
4 large eggs

12 vanilla or chocolate wafers (if not making mini cheesecakes, you will need to use a crust of your choice)
chocolate glaze
caramel sauce
1 cup chopped pecans

In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, heavy cream, vanilla extract, spice and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese at medium low speed until creamy, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Gradually add the sugars and beat until blended.
Add the pumpkin mixture and mix till blended.
Add the cornstarch and mix just until combined. Add the eggs on at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Place a vanilla wafer at the bottom of each of a prepared mini cheesecake pan.
Scrape the batter evenly among the pan ( you can fill them all the way to the top).
Wrap bottom of pan in aluminum foil.
Place the wrapped pan in a roasting pan or large baking pan. Pour enough hot water into the roasting pan to come 1 inch up the sides of the cheesecake pan.
Bake the cheesecakes in the water bath for 40 minutes(60 for 4 ½ -inch diameter, and 70 minutes for full size cheesecake) @ 350F, until the center of the cake is set but slightly wobbly(the cake will completely set as it cools).
Remove the cake pan from the water bath, place the pan on a wire rack, and carefully loosen the foil.  Let the cake cool completely.
Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours.
Top each mini cheesecake with pecans. Drizzle both chocolate glaze and caramel glaze on each one as well.

Source: Adapted from The Cake Book by Tish Boyle 2006

Chocolate Glaze

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
½ cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons light corn syrup

First, turn the cooled cake over onto another rack so you¢â¬â„¢ll be glazing the flat bottom, and place the rack over a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper to catch any drips.

Put the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl.

Melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water or in a microwave oven ¢â¬â€œ the chocolate should be just melted and only warm, not hot.  Meanwhile, bring the cream to a boil in a small sauce pan.  Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir very gently with a rubber spatula until the mixture is smooth and shiny.  Stir in the corn syrup.

Glaze adapted from Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

Caramel Sauce

2 cups sugar
½ cup water
1 ½ TBSP light corn syrup
½  cup heavy cream plus 1 TBSP
1 tsp vanilla
2 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature

To make the topping:
Put the sugar, water and corn syrup in a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, stir just to combine the ingredients and then put the pan over medium-high heat.
Heat, without stirring , until the caramel turns deep amber, 5-10 minutes.
Take the pan off of the heat and, standing back from the saucepan add the cream and butter. When the spatters are less vehement, stir to calm down the caramel and dissolve any lumps. Add in the vanilla and whisk until smooth.

Adapted from Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan


  1. If I could reach through the screen that would all be gone. It looks so good.

  2. I’m on my way . . . you’d better be saving me several of these.

    Gadfry that looks great!

    Revenge is so sweet! Especially when we’re 12!!

  3. HAHA!!! Peabody, you’re too much – love it :-D

    DAMN that dessert is sinful-looking…. oooh la la.

  4. Woa, that cheesecake is fantastic! Such a scrumptious treat with all that ooey gooey caramel sauce and chocolate glaze! A real sin…



  5. Those look so cute and I love that idea of a turtle cheesecake! Funny babysitting stories! 4 pieces od pie, lol! You did good girl!

  6. Those look so good…I hate you.

  7. That looks so good! Caramel + chocolate = best dessert ever! Your story cracked me up as usual :)

  8. Oh my gosh that is a hilarious story! Mad points for the chunky girls on that night for sure!

    Delicious looking cheesecakes. Beautiful photography.

  9. Oh Lordy, would you look at that. Drool, slobber. Can’t believe you puked in the sleeping bag. That’s priceless!

  10. Oh my gosh, I’m drooling!!!! I have to make this recipe. Mmmmm!

  11. Truly lovely photos today pea! Nice work for a chunk, o’ chunk of girl!

    I keed because I’ve seen your photo and you are perfectly normal in size!

  12. Ha! That is funny. Reminds me of the time when my friend and I made blueberry muffins for breakfast at her house. I think I had four (never did I eat more than 2) and she had either 6 or 7…wow!

  13. Ohhh my. This looks insanely good. Pumpkin cheesecake is always great, but with those extras it must be close to the best thing ever!

  14. Ouch! Remind me to never cross you Peabody :)
    These darling cheesecakes are almost…almost…too pretty to eat.

  15. awww those are so cute! i love pumpkin and caramel together

  16. I want to make this, and then chop it up and put it in ice cream!

  17. zowie! that’s one handsome dessert! love the drizzle!

  18. Gee, I wonder if DB is now a successful entrepreneur, ha ha ha :) That sounds scary– I think I would have run for my life! (Obviously as a kid I engaged in no horseplay)

    I saw this too, when I was browsing The Cake Book at the bookstore. It looks so smooth and rich! I want one!

  19. those look great. unfortunagtly i don’t have a mini-pan, will this recipe work ok in a regular springform pan? or does it need to be doubeled?


  20. Loved reading this post.
    I fetl so sad for DB, hanging upside down in the clostet and what a nice way to take revenge eating 4 slice of pie.
    This cheese cake looks so gergeous and delicious. Now i have no idea if i am temted with the cake or those two different kind of sauces.
    I guess i will take the whole lot.

  21. Oh, we have equal “S” little plates! :)
    Mine were a wedding gift I got from a dear student of mine.

    Pea, your story made me laugh. I was petite like your friend – not anymore, I have to say – and my brother, even though almost 3 years younger, was 3 times my size. But I had my moves, you know. I would bite all the time, too. :)

    Your little cheesecakes are so adorable! That shiny icing is driving me crazy.

  22. Your miniatures are just so perfect…i just need to get the pan lloll


  23. LOL! What a great story. I’ll be sure not to eat too many of these since I don’t have an enemy’s sleeping bag to throw up in. :)

  24. WOW these little babies look off the charts – These will be so great for the peoples at the holidays –
    Love your story very funny;)
    – Happy Friday

  25. So my boyfriend loves pumpkin cheese cake, and for his birthday last year I made him Oreo Pumpkin Cheese Cake, and he wanted the same for this year, but this recipe might win out. They look amazing.

  26. your story is hysterical. i love all the various ways you got your revenge.

    Anyway, these are unbelievably cute and delicious looking.

  27. Ha! The story is just as sweet as the cakes. Well, then again, I haven’t had a bite yet. :-) You crack me up–“bitch!”. As the kids would say — LOL.

  28. These are gorgeous! LOL, love your story!

  29. haha, sibling babysitters never really babysit do they? i know i always battled with my brother rather than watched after him. luckily for me, i am the chunky sibling and my brother is pretty much a stick figure.

    i saw this cheesecake idea somewhere recently too…glad you tried it out for us!

  30. What a gorgeous compilation of flavors! I love the dainty size, too.

  31. Those look like such nice little bites of yum that I’m sure it wouldn’t be a problem for me to have five…or six…or ten….

  32. What a fun read…you were such a great BFF to DB…good for you! Love the new look you’ve got here…& these mini cheesecakes are gorgeous. The toppings make them look precious…can only dream about how good they must have tasted! Very yum!!

  33. HeartofGlass says:

    Those look lovely, like they should be served in a restaurant!

    But I still say fat is an ingredient, not a characteristic that should be used to describe any human being, even in jest. You are an athlete–I run but I’m totally in awe of anyone who can play hockey!

  34. Ha ha, I love that story! I fear my friends and I treated my younger (and forever littler) sister in much the same way. But it was all in good fun. But I think giving her a few of these would certainly make up for it!

  35. You know…When I think of caramel, I think of you :-)

  36. I am not joking… I am drooling like mad over this desert, it looks sooo good and appetizing I wanna grab it off the screen…the problems is I can’t.

  37. WOW – those look amazing! Some of my favorite flavors, all in a little pretty package. YUM! I might have to make these for Thanksgiving!

  38. That’s adventuresome alright! And hilarious!!! Those little cheesecakes look like they would fit perfectly into my mouth!!!

  39. What a great story! I remember similar problems when a few of us would stay over at one of my friend’s house… one night, we shaved a strip of hair off of her brothers leg while he was sleeping for revenge! He was in track, so he had to explain that one when he went back to school!
    That dessert looks like heaven on a plate!

  40. These little cheesecakes are so drool worthy!

  41. Ha ha you really made me smile while reading your post :) I was never peitite either sometimes it is worth it though :) this cheesecakes look amazing . I m drooling :)

  42. I was tortured many a time too. When I was seven, my step brother hung me upside down and tickled me within an inch of peeing in the pants. I screamed out, “Stop it, you bastard!” Right as my dad came around the corner. Everyone laughs about it now, but I didn’t not enjoy my “Ralphie from The Christmas Story” moment with the bar of soap hanging from my mouth.

  43. Oh, and what cute little pans did you use to make these minis?

  44. I’m glad you never put up with DB’s brother and his friends!! And I’m in love with anything pumpkin – add in caramel and I can’t resist!

  45. This looks amazing. I enjoy looking at your page just for the photos, I can imagine what your creations taste like.

  46. Absolutely splendid! Everything about this dessert is irresistable.

  47. Oh My GOD

    These are gorgeous!! Your photos are amazing, I am adding you to my blogroll RIGHT NOW. :)

    BTW your story totally cracked me up! And the vomit thing, HA! :D

  48. I just made this for my boyfriend for his birthday. He LOVED it!

  49. I want to Make this.. but your recipe does not have the temperature to bake?

  50. Peabody says:

    It does. 350F


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