It’s almost fall! And that means Apple Picking and Cider and Oktoberfest…well, at least every year prior to 2020. Thanks Covid-19!
Anyway, one of my favorite fall activities is going to a good German Oktoberfest. It brings me back to the days when my Nonny and Pop would bring my sister and I along to their polka dances almost every weekend. (Yes, little known fact about myself – I know how to polka!) My grandparents
love live to polka dance!
Because of them, I too love the music. It’s happy, bouncy and just a lot of fun. Some of my best memories are with my grandparents going to dances all around NJ and Pennsylvania chasing their favorite bands, eating too much kielbasa and working it off on the dance floor. Now I jump at the chance to go to a good Oktoberfest with steins of beer, a polka band and lots of fun with my family.
Besides my beloved Oktoberfest season, September in the Garden State also means apples! And loads of them. That means lots of apple cider donuts, pie, hot cider and my take on a creamy goat cheesecake topped with spiced apples and golden raisins to bring on those autumn vibes.KitchenAid RRK150OB 5 Qt. Artisan Series – Onyx Black (Renewed)
Creamy Goat Cheesecake with Spiced Apples
I first designed this recipe for the fall menu at White Birch and it was instantly popular. The cheesecake is made with a bit of fresh goat cheese, which gives it some tang but stays nice and creamy. At the time, we were working with a local dairy farm, Valley Shepherd Creamery who provided the fresh goat cheese. Getting it from a local farmer makes all the difference. The cheese is not too dry, it’s tangy and the perfect texture for this cake. If you can, buy local! It will be best on all fronts.Hiware 9 Inch Non-stick Cheesecake Pan Springform Pan with Removable Bottom/Leakproof Cake Pan with 50 Pcs Parchment Paper – Black
The crust is made with graham crackers, ground pistachios and a nice helping of melted butter. Stay tuned for an upcoming recipe for graham crackers, that will make all the difference! For now, you can use the store bought stuff. You then top it with a nice compote of cinnamon, apples and golden raisins. Garnish with apple batons, fresh figs and blackberries for an elegant and delightful fall cake.
I’ll live vicariously through this cake this year and get my Oktoberfest fix in 2021 when the world can (hopefully) see a bit more normalcy.
Until then, Prost!
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