Last weekend I did my first baking with fresh cranberries of the season and made these cranberry swirl cheesecake cupcakes. These cheesecakes would be a perfect addition to the dessert table at your holiday party. The bright red cranberry swirl makes them so pretty and festive. The cheesecake cupcakes are individually portioned, so your guests can grab one and continue mingling. Although you will probably find that it is hard to stop at just one!
I love the combination of sweet-tart cranberry and creamy cheesecake, atop a lightly spiced graham cracker crust. While these are adorable in cupcake form, they would also taste delicious as bars if you are in a hurry. To make cranberry swirl ... [Continue Reading]
If you're looking for the best recipe for a classic cheesecake, then this is it. I am very cautious about calling any recipe "the best," but I am confident in this case, especially since this New York Cheesecake recipe comes from one of my most trusted sources, Baking Illustrated.
The cheesecake is incredibly light and creamy in texture. I served it drizzled with some strawberry sauce, and it was an amazing end to our meal. (I'll post the strawberry sauce recipe next time. :) )
Cheesecake is one of my absolute favorite desserts, and whenever I bake one, I pretty much enjoy a slice each day until it's all gone. (Usually, I start by serving the cheesecake when we have dinner guests, so that ... [Continue Reading]
Last May my family and I went cherry picking. We had a fabulous time and came home with some delicious cherries, many of which I baked into cherry pies. Since we're nearing the end of June and have yet to make the trip to the orchard, I don't think cherry picking is something we'll be able to do this year. We were still craving a cherry dessert, though, and this cheesecake tart recipe had been sitting in my cookbook holder for weeks. Brad requested this for dessert on Father's Day and so I of course had to bake it for him.
This tart has a buttery chocolate graham cracker crust and a cool, creamy cheesecake filling with little drops of cherry sauce swirled on top. I was a little ... [Continue Reading]
If you ask me, it's hard to find a dessert more irresistible than a cheesecake bar. First, there's the cheesecake. I know some people don't care for cheesecake, but if you're a cheesecake lover, then making it in bar form is far quicker, easier, and more foolproof than baking a regular cheesecake.
Second, cheesecake bars are so adaptable: you can make them with fruit (like these Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars), with chocolate and caramel (these Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars are amazing), with brownie batter swirled in (as in these Cheesecake-Swirled Brownies)... as you can see I really have a weakness for cheesecake bars!
So you can imagine that it didn't take me long to decide to ... [Continue Reading]
Eat one of these brownies, and you will find it very hard to resist going back for a second. The brownie layer of these cheesecake-swirled brownies is moist, rich, and fudgy, and the cheesecake swirl is, well, cheesecake, so of course it is delicious. I almost left off the chocolate chips on top, and I'm so glad I didn't because they add yet another chocolate dimension to this dessert. And you can never have too much chocolate, can you?
Makes 16 2-inch square, thick brownies
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure ... [Continue Reading]
As soon as I saw the picture of these cheesecake squares while doing my morning blog reading, I knew I had to make them. Cheesecake, caramel, and chocolate are a few of my very favorite things. Combined into one dessert, they are irresistible.
In case you aren't familiar with it, dulce de leche is a milk caramel sauce made by slowly heating sweetened milk. If you can't find it in your grocery store, you can make your own by slowly heating sweetened condensed milk until it is thick and light caramel colored. Or, you can use caramel sauce instead. Brad was able to find dulce de leche in our grocery store- it came in a small can (like sweetened condensed milk does) and was located near the ... [Continue Reading]
I love cheesecake and have been wanting to make one at home for some time now (I think it's been over a year since I made my last cheesecake- too long!). I just haven't had the motivation to commit to making a whole cheesecake- I know it's not that difficult, but I have issues with the water bath that most recipes call for. More on that another time. When I rediscovered this recipe for lemon blueberry cheesecake bars in my recipe binder, I knew that I would be making them for dessert when we had company over for dinner. They were so easy to make and serve, I'll definitely be making them again sometime.
These bars are so good. I debated about exactly how much lemon juice to include (the ... [Continue Reading]