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My First Cheesecake

Saturday was the bday party for Babe, and I didn’t want to be stressed out all day, so I made the chesecake on Friday night. I’m no fan of that no-bake nonsense, so I got the family recipe for my aunt. Unfortunately, that means that I can’t completely share it with you. Hers is a basic cheesecake, and I decided to raise it a few notches. Now how, you may wonder, do you raise a cheesecake up a few notches? Well, it’s easy. You CHOCOLIFY.

Instead of the cracker crust, I made an oreo crust. I just crushed oreos to bits in the blender until I had a cup full of them. Of course, my afterthought was that I should have counted the oreos so that I could tell you how many you need for a cup. *sighs* Maybe next time. Anyway, I mixed the oreo crumbs with about two tablespoons of butter to make it stick. Then, I pressed the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Once that was done, and the sides of the pan greased, I was free to mix the actual cake. When all done, I poured it into the pan and put it in the oven. The recipe gave me no clue how long to bake it for, so I googled and googled until I found a random basic cheesecake recipe. One hour. Good. At least I knew it wasn’t 15 minutes, or 30 minutes. When the hour was up, the middle still didn’t seem done, so I let it sit in the hot oven (which I’d already turned off) for another 10 minutes. Then, I let it cool. After that, it was ready to chill in the fridge to really set.

Just 90 minutes or so before the party was to start, I took out [the voices of angels since “Uuuuuuuhhhhhhh” beautifully] the Nutella. I covered the top AND sides of that basic cheesecake with Nutella. When I was done with that, I covered the top with more oreo crumbs so it looked like black fairy dust (or something). I decided that all it needed was a little colour. That’s where the strawberries came in. I cut about 12 (totally guessing the number there) strawberries into quarters, and threw them in a waiting pot of simple syrup (water + sugar). I let it “cook” on low heat until the strawberries started to colour the water. I let it all cool, then chill before putting the little strawberry fourths around the top edge of the cheesecake, the tips all facing the same direction.

Results: Not your grandmother’s cheesecake. No basic around here!

“Ooh! I could taste the love in this.”

“Is there NUTELLA in this?!”

“Mmm! So good!”

Happy? Yes, I am. My first cheesecake was a success. YAY, me!

Yeah, I know. No photos. No reason for you to believe me. *sighs* No longer having a smartphone means no photos.

What did you get up to on the weekend? Try anything new? What’s your favourite “basic” thing to make fun/interesting/different?

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Nutella Cheesecake Brownies – StumbleUpon

 

I may not make this clear enough. I am a serious Nutella addict. Chocolate is my ish. That hazelnut… MMM! I also quite like cheesecake. Muchly. And now I can have ’em both?! IN A BROWNIE! Whoa, whoa, whoa… I need proof. You do too, right? Okay, let’s see…

Nutella Cheesecake Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 block (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons Nutella

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheti.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Pour in water, applesauce, and oil; mix until well blended. Spread evenly in a greased 9×13 inch baking pan.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Microwave on high for 10-15 seconds or until soft and easy to pour. Pour evenly over the brownie batter, drop Nutella by the spoonfuls on top, and make swirls in the batter with a knife.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares.

Yield: 12 brownies

Yeah. It’s possible. I’m doing it. *goes to the kitchen*

Nutella Cheesecake Brownies & The Teenage Taste – StumbleUpon.

I Gotta Snack!

The work day is LONG. I have iron-deficiency anaemia. Those are two good reasons for me to eat frequently. If I don’t have snacks, the day does not go well. I get super cranky. I feel ill. I feel tired. I want to kill people. You know… So I make sure I have food. Not just my lunch. Snackage. I toss at least one pre-packaged snack in my bag, and at least one fresh snack. I prefer when a fruit or vegetable is included. I have breakfast before leaving home, have 2 snacks before lunch, have lunch, and rush home to dinner. Yeah… I gotta have my food.

My faves are:

  • Banana slices with nutella
  • Apple slices with nutella
  • Kirkland’s Best Fruit & Nut mix – Amazing mix of dried cranberries, dried cherries, almonds, walnuts, and dry-roasted pistachios. YUM!
  • Welch’s Fruit Snacks (Blue package)
  • Cheddar cheese slices and cream crackers
  • Fritos (Terrible, I know. This is for lazy mornings.)
  • Cheese Puffs (Yeah… Like the one just above.)
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cucumber + Tomato (either with a little Italian dressing, or sour cream and a little salt and black pepper)
  • Blueberries + Kiwi (LOVE this combo!)
  • Almonds
  • Smoothies (I haven’t made one in ages. *sighs*)
  • Navel Oranges (cut up)
On my list to try: Kind Bars (They look like YUM!)
How many times do you eat every day? What do you like to snack on? What’s your favourite snack to have at your desk? Any suggestions for quick things to toss in my bag for snacks?

La La Love You – StumbleUpon

You’ve never seen anything this yummy and sexy looking. The taste… WELL… Pair it up with mimosaaaaas. MMM!

– 3 heart shaped pieces of challah bread (I used a giant cookie cutter)
– your favorite french toast batter (I used 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/4 tsp vanilla, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon)
– 3 large sliced organic strawberries
– 2 pads of salted butter
– 2 tbs of Mascarpone Cheese
– 2 tbs of Nutella (ZOMG, right?)
*optional whipped cream*

Ok lover, once you get your bread cut up into hearts and your french toast batter whisked, heat your skillet to medium high and melt some butter.  Then lightly submerge your challah for a hot sec into the batter.  After you dredge each piece, carefully place on your skillet without getting too much drip-age everywhere.  I created a nice little trail (on accident) so cupid would know where to find me. yep.

Source: Grilled Cheese Social: La La Love You – StumbleUpon.

Peanut Butter-Nutella Brownies

Noble Pig: Peanut Butter-Nutella Brownies.

Peanut Butter-Nutella Brownies
Adapted from Culinary in the Country

1 cup butter (2 sticks), melted
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature
4.5 ounces (1 cup) all-purpose flour 
(I always weigh my flour when baking)
3/4 cup cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup peanut butter

In a medium bowl combine all-purpose flour, cocoa (sift this in to get rid of lumps), baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

Over low heat, melt butter and stir in sugar and vanilla extract until well combined.

To the butter-sugar mixture add eggs, one at a time.  With a wooden spoon vigorously mix in each egg until well-combined.

To the butter-egg mixture whisk in the cocoa mixture until fully combined.

In a microwave safe bowl add Nutella and peanut butter.  Heat in the microwave in 20 second intervals until it reaches a runny consistency.  Stir this mixture into the batter.

Pour the batter into a glass 9 x 13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  (I used Baker’s Joy.)  Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Let brownies cool completely before cutting.

I also made a simple icing of milk and confectioner’s sugar, drizzling it over the brownies, sprinkling them with mini chocolate chips.

It’s Friday!

Please. I need to introduce you to this AMAZING girls’ choir. My goodness. Chills, warm sensations, shivers… You will have them all when you hear Scala & Kolacny Brothers. They cover pretty popular songs. It’s just great. I can’t say much more than that. Listen to California Dreamin’

Ridiculously beautiful, right?! Man! *drinks water* Other must-hears are Creep and Bittersweet Symphony

I didn’t get to post yesterday due to super busy-ness and stuff, but that doesn’t mean that I forgot to be thankful on a Thankful Thursday!

I was (and still am) thankful for, among other things:

  1. Apples and nutella doing the tango in my mouth and belly
  2. Baby Nicholas (Turned 1yr on Wednesday and there was a party. I’ll be blogging about it.)
  3. Guava bread pudding with brandy sauce (Remind me to rave about this later. It’s an amaaaziiing dessert on the menu at Chef Chea’s Corner Bistro where my godfather is the chef and my dad is the manager.)
  4. Tuna. When you forget to take out meat to season and cook, and you’re kinda sorta (or deathly) hungry, it’s nice to be able to open a can of something meat-ish and make something great. Last night I made tuna salad for a tuna melt for Babe, and steamed tuna to go with cabbage and rice (cooked together in the same pot) for me. I didn’t end up eating it because my appetite took vacation since I was trying to wait for Babe to get home to eat together, and the arrival time was around midnight. Studio nights are long! Now I have dinner for tonight. I’ll just make carrot and corn to go with it. Yay!
  5. Tropical fruit. Babe and I had amaaaaaziiiiing tropical fruit smoothies yesterday morning. Ingredients: 2 large mangos, 3 pineapple slices, 1 banana, and a handful of blueberries. Blended with 6 cubes of ice. We really just added blueberries to give it a little zing, and a more interesting colour. Our smoothies, too often, are yellow-orange. Listen… The breakfast smoothies were great. Went really well with our egg and (turkey) bacon cheddar melts.
Wow, this week’s Thankful Thursday list is pretty food-heavy. That happens. I’m kind of a foodie. Did I mention that before? I should add it to my About Me section, huh?
What are you taking time out to be thankful for?
What FOOD are you REALLY thankful for today?
How much do you looove Scala & Kolacny Brothers?