Seasonal Recipe: Baby Cheesecake with Toffee Pears

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Creamy, rich and decadent, cheesecake is delicious on its own, and it’s even better when paired with a number of fruity toppings. With National Cheesecake Day coming up on July 30, it’s the perfect time to celebrate this delicious cake by preparing your own version with our gourmet fruit baskets and this one-of-a-kind Cheesecake with Toffee Pears recipe.

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Make the crust

As the base for the decadent filling, the crust is an important component of any cake. Make yours by tossing together a scoop of rolled oats, a handful of our chopped mixed nuts, a bit of brown sugar and some melted butter. Then, place a spoonful of the mixture into muffin tins lined with baking cups. Use your fingers to pat down the mixture, and then bake the crust for about eight minutes to set.

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Mix up the filling

Now, it’s time to make the filling. Using an electric stand mixer, whip room-temperature cream cheese until it’s smooth and airy. Then, slowly mix in an egg. For something a little unexpected, add an intriguing savory element, like blue cheese, that will complement the pears. Finish by adding even more creaminess with a scoop of sour cream. Spoon the blue cheese-tinged cheesecake mixture on top of your prepared crust and bake until just slightly puffy.

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Time for the topping

To make the toffee pears, start by melting a dab of butter before mixing in brown sugar and cream. While continuously stirring, cook the sweet mixture until it begins to bubble. When it reaches the point of bubbling, add some sliced Red and Green D’Anjou Pears. Lastly, cook the pears until tender and then remove from the heat before adding a dash of vanilla.

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With a delightful combination of sweet and savory, these baby cheesecakes are a perfectly balanced treat that you’ll want to make again and again. Celebrate National Cheesecake Day this month by throwing together this delicious recipe with our Hickory Farms Fresh Fruit Medley Gift Box.

Host a Patriotic Block Party for Independence Day

A good way to get to know your neighbors this Fourth of July is to host a patriotic block party, and Hickory Farms has a few entertaining tips to get you started!

If your neighborhood has a community gathering spot – like a clubhouse, pool, or ball field – make that your central location. If not, each family can pitch in offerings from their grills and turn it into a long, meandering block of camaraderie.

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Decorations

Red, white and blue decorations are a necessity, of course! And fly those flags high for our country’s 238th birthday. The beauty of a festive block party is its individuality, so make sure to do your own creative thing.

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Activities

A neighborhood parade can be the day’s highlight and involve everyone from tots and teens to proud veterans. Organize a small parade with decorated bikes, wagons, 4-wheelers and golf carts interspersed with walking groups and maybe even a few horn players and drummers! You probably don’t need a city permit, but a larger parade involving vehicles might, so be sure to check first.

Kids enjoy sack races and a good game of horseshoes. You can even get adults involved with a pick-up softball game before the fireworks begin.

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Refreshments

Turn the grill masters loose and have a friendly barbecue competition. From hot dogs to slow-cooked ribs, everyone can contribute their specialty! Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced Honey-Gold Ham is a great addition to a quick sandwich for hungry kids waiting on the grill. 

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Don’t forget dessert! This Berry Flag Tart made with blueberries and raspberries is both delicious and patriotic. You can also easily make this Apple, Rhubarb and Raspberry Pie using a couple crisp Fuji apples from our Fresh Fruit Medley Gift Box.

If you’re running short on time, remember that Hickory Farms Gift Baskets and Towers are a hit at any gathering. They’re quite a unique addition to the typical Independence Day fare, so place your order online today, or call 800.753.8558.

Indulge in Delicious Gluten-Free Items from Hickory Farms

Switching to a gluten-free diet can result in a number of health benefits, including improved digestion, reduced inflammation and higher energy levels. However, gluten-free diets can sometimes feel restrictive and bland.

Luckily, with Hickory Farms’ delicious gluten-free products, you can enjoy the associated health benefits of a gluten-free diet, as well as a burst of bold flavor. So, jazz up your diet today with our deliciously scrumptious gluten-free items available in a variety of categories.

 

Meats

When it comes to summer sausage, you really can’t go wrong with our original Signature Beef Sausage. Featuring a mildly sweet and smoky flavor with no fillers, gluten-free has never tasted so delicious!

If you’re looking for a yummy, gluten-free entree for a family gathering, you’ll love our Honey Gold Spiral Sliced Ham. Cured with natural juices, this ham is the perfect sweet and savory dish to round out any meal.

 

Cheeses

Your gluten-free diet can include a variety of delicious cheese options. For a flavor packed treat, slice up our Jalapeno Cheddar Blend or Parmesan Herb Cheese  – they pair well with fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

Sauces

With our bold selection of sauces, you can add an extra layer of flavor to any dish. Add a little heat with our Horseradish Sauce or something sweet and tangy with a dash of Cranberry Mustard.

 

Fruit Preserves

If you’re looking for versatile flavors, try our Farmstand Fruit Spreads. Our preserves, which range in flavors from Wild Blueberry to Red Raspberry, can accompany anything from gluten-free breads to hearty meats.

 

Nuts

Nuts are full of protein, fiber and texture and are also gluten-free. If you’re a purist, try our Finest Mixed Nuts Tin, featuring a combination of roasted cashews, almonds and pecans. For a burst of nutty flavor, opt for our Cranberry Sesame Nut Mix.

With Hickory Farms and these fantastic gluten-free options, improving your health with a gluten-free diet has never sounded more delicious! To view more gluten-free products, browse our website, or contact us at 800.753.8558 today.