cheesecake

  • Kenafeh cheesecake Kenafeh cheesecake

    Kenafeh cheesecake

Kenafeh cheesecake

I still get asked why I have a food blog. Or why I take pictures of the things I make. Because I want to remember. I want to look back and find joy in the things I was able to create with my own two hands. It’s that simple. When I take a hiatus from baking, it’s usually because I’ve lost my mojo temporarily: I don’t feel like creating anything. And I did take an extended hiatus this year. It’s not unusual. Usually the rest of my life has emotionally exhausted me. I have too many things to think about and even the thought of bringing out my mixer or staring at a pile of dirty dishes is enough to stress me out. But when I finally get going in the kitchen, mixing and pouring and stirring, it’s not because I’ve suddenly come into extra hours in my day. It’s because I […]

  • No-bake funfetti cheesecake No-bake funfetti cheesecake

    No-bake funfetti cheesecake

No-bake funfetti cheesecake

I’ve been holding on to this blog post for months. Many many months. Has it been more than a year? Perhaps. The reason why I’m torn is because while I was making this for a dinner for my mom I was convinced it would be a huge hit. Sprinkles, cheesecake, funfetti! Plus, we wouldn’t feel guilty eating it. What could go wrong? But instead, it was kind of… meh. Even now, looking at the recipe, I’m surprised to remember just how underwhelmed I was. I should have either served the real thing, or served a fruit salad. I’m an all or nothing kind of gal. Here’s the thing: if you are going to make this, you can’t really think of it as cheesecake. If you are on a diet, and have a serious hankering for cheesecake, this recipe may help nip that in the bud for you. But if it […]

  • Candy cane cream cheese cherry coffee cake Candy cane cream cheese cherry coffee cake

    Candy cane cream cheese cherry coffee cake

Candy cane cream cheese cherry coffee cake

I’m no Sandra Lee, otherwise known as Food Network’s Semi-Homemade host, who Anthony Bourdain once famously characterized as low-hanging fruit. But I do enjoy taking a shortcut every now and then. And if anyone wants to question me on that: I haven’t slept in 6 years, I’ve got two rambunctious kids, a career, and a house to keep somewhat-clean. So don’t judge me. Because when the holiday season rolls around and it’s my turn to bring something, I never get asked to bring the fruit plate or the veggies and dip. It’s always for me to bake something. And that’s ok, because I love to bake and feed my family and friends. It’s my way of showing love. But when I can’t make everything from scratch, Pinterest is really my go-to reference. And I must admit that whenever the cream cheese, cherry pie filling and crescent rolls trifecta makes an […]

  • Strawberry cheesecake Strawberry cheesecake

    Strawberry cheesecake

Strawberry cheesecake

  Everyone loves cheesecake. I challenge you to find someone who doesn’t. Some may politely take a bite out of my sticky toffee pudding and push it aside, explaining it is too sweet, too heavy; or protest through a mouthful of Bahama Mama rum cake that they can only have one bite; or observe the bowl of cherry chocolate trifle from afar; but any time I make cheesecake, the platter is wiped clean. Maybe it is the smooth creamy vanilla texture that melts on your tongue. Or maybe the ripe fruits glistening atop the cake are too much to resist. For me, the buttery graham cookie crust is irresistible. In any case, I have tried dozens of cheesecake recipes over the year. In fact, cheesecake was one of my standbys as a child (yes, when I was under 13). But it was only until I followed the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe […]

  • Festive cheesecake pops Festive cheesecake pops

    Festive cheesecake pops

Festive cheesecake pops

  These were my contribution to the holiday potluck at my workplace and they were well-received. As one of my co-workers put it, anything on a stick is good. Indeed.I flagged this recipe for cheesecake pops just about as soon as I cracked open the cookbook “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey,” by Jill O’Connor. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, this book is just dreamy. It makes me want to want to roll around in flour and dark brown sugar until I finish every single recipe in the book. Recipe adapted from “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey”Ingredients: 5 8-oz. packages cream cheese at room temperature2 cups sugar¼ cup all-purpose flour¼ teaspoon salt5 large eggs2 egg yolks2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract¼ cup heavy creamBoiling water as needed8-inch lollipop sticks1 pound chocolate, finely chopped – you can use all one kind or half and half of dark, milk, or white (Alternately, […]

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  • Caramel pecan cheesecake bars Caramel pecan cheesecake bars

    Caramel pecan cheesecake bars

Caramel pecan cheesecake bars

This recipe is courtesy of Kraft Kitchens, I’ve made it time and time again when I’m in a bind for time and I’ve promised to bring dessert. It’s ideal for buffet-style parties, like baby showers and Christmas pot-luck dinners, because guests can grab the bars and eat them over a napkin. Ingredients: 1-1/2 cups graham crumbs 1 cup chopped pecans, divided 1/4 cup butter, melted 4 pkg. (250 g each) brick cream cheese, softened 1 cup sugar 1 cup sour cream 1 Tbsp. vanilla 4 eggs 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Grease foil. Mix graham crumbs, 1/2 cup of the pecans and the butter. Press firmly onto bottom of prepared pan. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add […]

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