Since Sondra was so good to put the recipes up, I thought I'd challenge us to make something new with kefir ;D I’ve never done anything like this before so I hope there will be some interest. I'll copy some of the fallish recipes here and you can 'sign up' to make something. This challenge will end Thanksgiving Day so you have plenty of time to try a new recipe. Come on... it'll be fun! To sign up just post that you want to do it, then, after you make something, tell us which recipe you used, how it worked out and if you liked it. You can even add a pic of what it looked like! If you need kefir grains pm me. Here are a few ideas. Pumpkin Kefir Cheesecake Ingredients: Crust: 1-1/2 boxes cinnamon graham crackers, crushed 4 tablespoons brown sugar 4 tablespoons flour 1/2 cup apple juice concentrate or use melted butter (1 stick) Filling: 1-1/2 cups Cream Cheese (or better yet, Chevre’) 1/4 cup Kefir 3/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 tablespoons liquid egg substitute or 6 eggs 1 cup pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon apple pie spice ¾ teaspoon cinnamon Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350xF. Combine the crust ingredients in a food processor. Lightly spray a 10-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Evenly distribute crust batter along the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Bake for 20 minutes and leave the oven on. Using an electric mixer beat cream cheese, kefir, sugar, and vanilla extract until well blended. Add the egg substitute or eggs, and mix well. To the mixing bowl, add pumpkin and spices. Mix well with an electric mixer until the ingredients form one consistency. Pour mixture onto the crust and shake lightly to even the top. Bake for 1 hour, until firm. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. Run a knife along the sides of the pan to loosen the cake. Cool for 30 to 40 minutes in the pan and then remove the sides. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours before serving. Pumpkin cookies Here is an ideal recipe to help dealing with those enormous Halloween pumpkins that unfortunately, in most instances, don't even make it to the compost bin. Yield - Makes about 4 dozen Ingredients 1/2 cup well drained cooked pumpkin 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup butter or virgin coconut oil 1 egg 1/4 tsp vanilla 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans 1/4 cup raisins 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 2 cup flour 1 cup rolled oats a bit of Kefir or water, if needed Oven at 150º C / 350° F. Mix all the ingredients and if the dough is too dry (especially if the pumpkin was dry baked), add a bit of Kefir, whey or water. Make little balls, put them on a greased cookie sheet and flatten them just a little. Bake 12 to 15 min. Pumpkin Cobbler Topping Sometimes a casserole or a stew can be finished with a topping and become a much more attractive dish. This goes particularly well on the top of a robust stew or baked beans. Yield - Serves four people. Ingredients 7 oz all purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 2 oz butter 2 oz Parmesan cheese 3 oz raw grated pumpkin 1 oz ground almonds nutmeg, pepper and salt Kefir or yoghurt Preheat the oven to 200º C, 400º F. Put all the dry ingredients and the grated pumpkin in the blender, whiz around and then slowly add the kefir or yoghurt, stop as soon as the dough makes a ball. Place walnut sized lumps on top of your casserole and bake for around 30 minutes. Serve at once.