Growing up in a Latin culture, we would celebrate the season by performing Las Posadas, which is the re-enactment of the story of the nativity of Jesus. Two people in our neighborhood would dress up as Mary and Joseph and a certain house would be selected as the “inn” (or the “Posada”). We would light our candles and travel to many houses – singing songs – in search of the innkeeper who would provide shelter to Mary and Joseph (and everyone in the community who is invited to share in the joy of Christmas) for the evening. Upon arriving, we would be welcomed into the home with prayer, food, song and a piñata.
Whether you are singing Christmas carols in your neighborhood along snowy streets in the North or hear the knock on your door inviting people into your home for Las Posadas in the South (there was no snow in Guatemala where I grew up) – make sure to have a fresh pot of coffee, a host of tamales and Pumpkin Cream Cheese Delights ready for your guests.
This holiday dessert is sure to fill you up with joy!
Have a wonderful Christmas season!
To get started you’ll need the following ingredients:
1 can of pumpkin purée
1 1/2 cup of flour
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup of Bari's Butter Flavor Olive Oil
1 package of cream cheese,
1 cup of powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of sour cream
3 tablespoon of butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon of flour
Get Started: Preheat oven 350 degrees | Prepare a baking pan
Step 1: Prepare cake
·For the cake, combine all de dry ingredients in a small bowl.
·In a mixer combine the egg with powdered sugar, pumpkin purée and Bari’s Butter Olive Oil.
·Add all the dry ingredients to the purée mix, combine well.
Step 2: Prepare filling
·For the filling, combine all the ingredients in a mixer until thickens.
Step 3: Combine
·In a prepared baking pan add a little more than half of the cake mix.
·Then add the filling making sure it covers all.
·Then add the rest of the cake mix (at this point the rest of the pumpkin mixture may not cover entirely the filling, just spread as much as you can.
·Sprinkle with the walnuts and bake for 40 minutes.