Friday, August 18, 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

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. 


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). 

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

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


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

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


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


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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Monday, May 1, 2017

Fabulous Fudge Brownie's with Fudge Frosting

Moist, thick fudge brownie's are one of my favorite treats, top them with fudge frosting and I think they are perfect. I will warn you ahead of time that when you make these brownies you may just eat the entire pan of frosting it is that good. It is easy to make, creamy and fudgy. You can use it on brownies, cupcakes, cakes and more. I personally like it as the filling of cakes. 

Fudge Brownies
Recipe adapted from Baker's Chocolate

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of flour

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 9 x 13" baking pan by lining it with parchment paper and then spraying it with baking spray or butter.
In a large bowl melt butter and chocolate. You can use the microwave but I use a double boiler. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir occasionally until the butter and chocolate are melted. Add the sugar and mix well. Then add the eggs and vanilla and stir until combined. Add the flour and mix until just incorporated. 
Pour mixture into pan. Bake 25-30 minutes. I like to bake them until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean with a few crumbs on it. Do not over bake. 

Fudge Frosting

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

Put first three ingredients in a saucepan on low, let the sugar dissolve and then bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. With a wire whisk mix until creamy and cooled. Then frost your brownies or cake and enjoy. 

Sources: Cups vintage, Similar here. Silver-plate tray-vintage, Similar herenapkins.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Guittard Baking Chocolate on Sale at Williams Sonoma

If you like to bake and like having a variety of baking chocolate in your pantry this you might want to check out this 20% off sale of Guittard baking chocolate from Williams Sonoma.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Oreo Fudge Baked Cheesecake

Good morning! After a long cold week I think a little comfort food is in order, a cake, cookie or how about a combination of cookies and cheesecake? This Oreo cheesecake is so easy and it is delicious; the perfect treat for the weekend. 

Oreo Fudge Baked Cheesecake
Recipe from Yammie's Noshery

11/2 cup crushed Oreo's
1/4 cup butter, melted

3 packages of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup sour cream
11/2 cups sugar
4 eggs lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 whole package of Oreo cookies crushed

Mini Oreo's
Fudge (recipe HERE)

Preheat oven 10 300". Grease a 10" Spring form pan. Combine 11/2 cups cookie crumbs and the melted butter. Mix to combine and press into the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.

In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, sour cream and the sugar mixing until smooth. You can use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or a hand mixer. Add the eggs and the vanilla, mix until combined, then fold in the crushed Oreo cookies. Pour filling over the crust.

Place the spring form pan onto a baking sheet and wrap in a kitchen towel. This is optional, you do not have to do this but according to the recipe it keeps the cake from cooking too fast. Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes. Then turn off the oven and open the door 4 inches, leave cheesecake in the oven for an additional 30 minutes. Remove from the oven cool 30 minutes than refrigerate overnight.

You can garnish the cheesecake with mini-Oreos and drizzle with hot fudge or you can just eat it as it, it is excellent either way. 


I am a huge fan of the blog Yammie's Noshery where I found this recipe. If you like gluten free recipes she has a lot of those as well. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The World's Best Hot Cocoa

Sources: Transfer-ware vintage, Cutting board vintage, (similar), Spoon Mudpie (Similar)linen napkin, enamel cup from Argentina similar cup, Copper Pot with bakelite handle vintage 

It promises to be another weird, wild weekend for weather so why not just stay in and relax. Play games with the kids, do some crafts, read a few books, make some cookies and then sit down with a cup of "the worlds best hot cocoa."

I discovered this recipe on Pinterest recently and thought I would give it a try. It is so easy and delicious. The perfect drink for a cold day.

The World's Best Hot Cocoa
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water
4 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a saucepan mix all of the dry ingredients. Then add the water and bring to a boil. Keep boiling for 1 minute then add the milk. Whisk well and bring to a boil. Pour into glasses and serve. 

Sources: Transfer-ware vintage, Cutting board vintage, (similar), Spoon Mudpie (Similar)linen napkin, enamel cup from Argentina similar cup, Copper Pot with bakelite handle vintage 

If you like hot chocolate check out my Pinterest board for hot chocolate where I feature all of the recipes I have discovered. Who knew there were so many ways to make hot cocoa and hot chocolate?


Sources: Transfer-ware vintage, Cutting board vintage, (similar), Spoon Mudpie (Similar)linen napkin, enamel cup from Argentina similar cup, Copper Pot with bakelite handle vintage

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pancake Tuesday!

Today is Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as pancake day! People around the world eat pancakes today to get ready for lent. Traditionally people gave up fattening food for lent and so they used up the milk, eggs, and butter in their pantry's and made pancakes!

You could splurge and make these decadent Chocolate Pancakes.

or you could go the more traditional route and have these Fluffy Sour Cream Pancakes 

or even these Vanilla Ricotta Pancakes.

Have a great day!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Baked Bakery NY Brownies aka Oprah's Favorite Brownies!

I recently pinned a pin on Pinterest called "Oprah's Favorite Brownies" which looked delicious.  I thought if these are the most favorite brownie of Oprah I want to see why, after all this is a woman who has access to every scrumptious brownie in the world, so what makes these her favorite?

I have to tell you that I have made a lot of brownies, with cocoa, with melted chocolate, with dark chocolate and light chocolate, I have made white chocolate brownies, cake brownies, fudgy brownies and more and if these are Oprah's favorite brownies, I can absolutely see why! There are now mine as well. 

These brownies are fabulous! They are rich, moist, fudgy and a cross between a brownie and a piece of fudge with a crunchy top. In a word, perfection!

The recipe could not be easier, you melt the chocolate, butter and espresso, add the sugars, mix in the eggs and then fold in the flour mixture. Super simple. 

Baked Bakery NYC
Recipe from: Baker by Nature


11/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa
11 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 teaspoon Espresso Powder 
11/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
5 eggs. at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 9 x 13" baking pan with butter or cooking spray, then line parchment paper and butter or spray that as well.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and cocoa, set aside.
In a heat proof bowl put the chopped chocolate, the butter and the espresso powder, place bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until the butter and chocolate are melted and well combined and smooth.
Turn the heat off and leave the bowl over the water, add both sugars and whisk until combined. Then remove the bowl from the water and let cool to room temperature.
Once chocolate mixture is room temperature, 3 room temperature eggs and whisk until combined. Add the last 2 eggs, whisk until combined, then whisk in the  vanilla extract.
DO not over-beat the batter or the brownies will be cake like and not fudgy.
Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture, with a rubber spatula fold the flour mixture into the chocolate, until just a bit of the flour is visible.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, ROTATE the pan after 15 minutes, then bake for another 15 minutes.
Bake only until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs attached. Let cool on a wire rack.

Then remove from pan, cut into squares and enjoy!

If you would like to explore more recipes from Baked Bakery NYC you can visit their webpage or if you are already a fan of theirs you might want to pick up one or all three of their cookbooks!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fleur de Sel Hot Chocolate

According to the ground hog we have a few weeks of winter ahead and this week it is back vengeance here in my neck of the words. The cold has returned as have the winter winds making it the perfect weather to stay in, watch movies, read and drink hot chocolate. 

I love hot chocolate, chocolate chaud, drinking chocolate, and every other hot drink made with velvety chocolate and cream. My morning beverage is  French chocolat chaud but I do like to try variations on that recipe.

This week I decided to try a Fleur de sel chocolate chaud, otherwise known as sea salt hot chocolate. I love the salty sweet combination of chocolate with salt. Although I have made salted brownies, salted caramels and several other salted desserts I have never made salted hot chocolate so I thought I would try it.

Fleur de Sel Hot Chocolate
Recipe from David Lebovitz

5 oz. quality chocolate Valrhona Dark Chocolate 72%
11/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1-2 Tablespoons of brown sugar 

Whipped cream
Chocolate Shavings 

Heat milk and cream over medium heat in a small sauce pan. Finely chop the chocolate and once the milk/cream mixture comes to a simmer remove from heat and add the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is dissolved and then return to heat and whisk for a few minutes to thicken. Once finished add sugar to taste and if you would like to kick it up, a shot of borbon or Bailey's Irish cream. Pour into mugs top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate and a pinch of Fleur de Sel de Guerande Sea Salt. Typically I make a double batch and put whatever is leftover into pitcher, it thickens up considerable and tastes even better the next day. 

Then sit down, relax and enjoy!

This recipe is easy and delicious, I hope you try it.

Note: I used Valrhona Araguani Dark Chocolate Bar 72% because it is easy to find but use whatever chocolate that you like. And I use Fleur de Sel de Guerande Sea Salt  because it is a brand recommended by David Leibovitz one of my favorite cookbook/bloggers/chefs.

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