Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake with Ganache Topping



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Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts to make, it is easy, elegant and delicious. This Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake is all of that and more. It is rich, fudgy and a little decadent. 




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It is a fabulous dessert for a formal dinner or a casual barbecue and it would be fabulous decorated for Christmas with a few white chocolate snowflakes. You can even make it ahead and freeze it. 




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Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake with Ganache Topping
Recipe from Southern Living

Cookie Crust
11/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs, I used Oreos
2 tablespoons of butter

Cheesecake
2 4oz.semi-sweet baking bars
1 cup whipping cream
4 8oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
teaspoons  vanilla extract
4 large eggs


Ganache Topping

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate chopped
1 tablespoon sugar

Stir the heavy whipping cream, sugar and chopped chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Cool slightly, then pour into the center of the cheesecake and with an offset spatula spread it slightly so that it goes over the edges. Chill until the topping is set. Decorate with chocolate curls and let sit at room temperature for at least 2 house before serving. 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300°. Combine crushed cookies and butter. Press mixture on bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan.

Microwave chocolate and whipping cream at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring at 30-second intervals.You can also do this on the stovetop in a small saucepan. 

Beat cream cheese at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer for 2 minutes or until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, beating just until combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Add chocolate mixture, beating just until blended. Pour batter into prepared crust.

Bake at 300° for 1 hour and 5 minutes or just until center is set. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven with door closed 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven; gently run a knife around outer edge of cheesecake to loosen from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.
Remove sides of pan, and place cheesecake on a serving plate. Slowly pour warm Ganache Topping over cheesecake, spreading to edges. Chill until set. Garnish with curled chocolate if desired.



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I hope that you try this delicious cheesecake and if you do, please come back and tell me what you think!


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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookie S'mores



Summer is s'more season, although if you lived with my mom, roasting marshmallows is not limited to summer, or the outdoors. My mom loves to put marshmallows on a skewer and roast them over the gas flame of the stove. 





There are lots and lots of reipes for s'mores but recently I tried a recipe that substituted homemade chocolate chip cooked for graham crackers. I will never go back to graham crackers again. These s'mores are over the top fabulous. I will warn you now they are addicting but DO NOT be tempted to eat more than one. they are too rich, even for the chocoholic in your life. 

I will not even write a recipe because everyone knows how to make s'mores. It is a crust, either chocolate chip cookies, graham crackers, sugar cookies, a Hershey bar, 60% dark chocolate candy bar and of course marshmallows. 

If you are making this with kids using an open flame make sure to watch them so that they do not get burned from the flames/fire or from munching on a hot marshmallow!

Happy Summer!


If you love s'mores, you can check out these recipes as well. 



Recipe HERE

S'more Cereal Treats



S'more Brownies

S'more Brownie



Peanut Butter S'more

Peanut Butter S'mores



S'more Oatmeal

S'more Oatmeal


And if you need a few more orders check out S'more Cookbook.




Friday, July 21, 2017

Homemade Dark Chocolate Ice Cream







I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! As I child one of my favorite memories is making ice cream with my grandparents  in an old fashioned ice cream maker with the rock salt and the ice. My siblings and I would take turns cranking the handle and after what seemed like hours we had the best ice cream that we had ever tasted, perhaps it was so good because we had to work so hard to make it. 





Nowadays I have a Cuisinart ice cream maker that allows me to have ice cream 20 minutes after I make the mixture. Certainly not as much fun but still as tasty. If you do not have an ice cream maker do not worry, you can pour the mixture into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and freeze until firm(typically overnight). 

Ingredients:
2 cups heavy cream
3 Tbls. unsweetened cocoa powder
5 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
5 large egg yolks
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


Directions:
Warm 1 cup of the cream with cocoa powder in a medium saucepan, whisking to thoroughly blend the cocoa. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer at a very low boil for 30 seconds, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate, stirring until smooth. Then stir in the remaining 1 cup cream. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, scraping the sauce pan as thoroughly as possible, and set a mesh strainer on top of the bowl.
Warm the milk, sugar, and salt in the same saucepan. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir into the chocolate mixture until smooth, then stir in the vanilla. Stir until cool over an ice bath.
Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Or pour into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and freeze until firm. 

After the mixture is firm scoop out a few scoops of ice cream into a cup or a cone and enjoy. 




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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Chocolate Cake with Fudge Filling and White Buttercream





Chocolate cake is a favorite of many, but often times people like a change from chocolate cake and chocolate frosting, they like to mix it up with another flavor of frosting, sometime peanut butter, or raspberry, my personal favorite is white buttercream. 





This cake is fabulous, if I do say so myself, the cake is so moist and fudgy and it is my "go to" recipe, I added fudge filling that is so scrumptious you could just eat it from the pan with a spoon.  The frosting is a simple white buttercream, if it is a special occasion you could tint the frosting with food coloring and then pipe it on the cake to make it a bit more special. I just troweled my frosting on with an offset spatula. I like lots of frosting! Do you?






Chocolate Cake



Cake:


1 3/4 cups all purpose flour




2 cups granulated sugar




3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder




1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda




3/4 teaspoon salt




2 eggs




1 cup buttermilk (or sub by using a cup of whole milk with a tablespoon of white vinegar and letting it sit 5 minutes until thick)




1/2 cup melted butter




1 tablespoon vanilla extract




1 cup of hot coffee

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°.  Grease and flour 2 9" cake pans, or grease and line with parchment paper circles. 
In your mixer, add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined.  Add the eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and buttermilk, and mix until just combined.

Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir the hot coffee into the batter by hand.  The batter will be runny. Pour into your cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with just a few bits of cake stuck to it. For 9 inch pans, that should be anywhere from 20-35 minutes.  
When you remove each cake from the oven, let it cool, run a knife around the edges of the pan, and carefully remove it from the pan onto a baking rack. Let cool before frosting. 
Fudge Filling:

1 cup of sugar
1/3 cup milk
5 tablespoons butter
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Put first 3 ingredients into a sauce pan, over low heat bring to a boil, stirring constantly. The sugar should be dissolved. Remove from heat, add chocolate chips and then whisk them until creamy and cooled. 





Buttercream Frosting

Recipe: Food.com

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
31/2 cups of powdered sugar
1-3 teaspoons milk or heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt

In the bowl of a stand mixer mix the butter and the powdered sugar beat until blended, then add salt, mix. Add milk and vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy, about another 3-5 minutes. 


Once cake is cooled, cut each cake in half, then place 1 layer on a plate and spread some fudge filling over the layer. Then place another layer on top and frost with fudge filling, place third layer onto and frost, and then place the last layer on top. 

Frost entire cake with white butter cream frosting and enjoy!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treats






The weather is getting warm here and although I love to bake sometimes I just don't want to turn on the oven. Inevitably I make cereal treats, they are easy, versatile and delicious. This recipe is a combination of Scotcheroos and Rice Krispie treats and they are delicious. The perfect treat to take to a barbecue or picnic or to just have on hand for hungry kids. 


Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treats

1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
21/2 cups Rice Krispies 
1/2 cup mini marshmallows

In a small saucepan, combine the corn syrup an the sugar. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from the heat, stir in the peanut butter until melted. Stir in the vanilla. Fold in the cereal, marshmallows, and the chips, stir until blended. Pour into a greased 8" baking pan baking pan. Cool. Then cut into squares and enjoy.



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