Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake: ABC

This looked too good to pass up.  
cake with a layer of cheesecake and then spiced apples on top....
how could you go wrong?  Well, I managed to go wrong somehow!  The cake was dry, the cheesecake layer was barely there the only good thing 
was the spiced apples on top.  

I think this could be a great recipe...maybe I did 
something wrong....dunno.  But I would love to try it again only 
with a different cake recipe and more of a cheesecake layer.  
The concept is good, my execution perhaps not so good.
I haven't really had much luck with any of the 
recipes from Scientifically Sweet.

My finished product did not even come close to what was pictured from the source...and for recipe see here.  But I have to say it improved the after it sat in the fridge for a day or two.  Hubby liked it...he ate 3 pieces!  

Just meh for me....

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites

Here I go again, baking while juicing is not an easy feat, but I enjoy 
baking and even though I know now that it is not the healthiest of hobbies 
I still am obsessed by it and enjoy doing it.  Only now, I don't eat 
any or as much as I did before.  One of these days, 
I will start to learn to bake vegan style....but until then, 
I am going to continue to do what I love.

This time I am baking for work.  We have corporate visits a few times a year and I always bake a little treat for them.  I found these cheesecake bites on my favorite past time... Pinterest.   I know, I know, I really need to get a life! 

These are quick and easy.  It is just cheesecake baked in a 8x8 pan then cut up into little squares and dipped in chocolate.  Easy peasy and you have a great little sweet for any occasion!


adapted from Handle the Heat

Yield: 36 bites

For the crust:

9 whole graham crackers
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

For the chocolate coating:

16 ounces semisweet chocolate
4 tablespoons coconut oil

To make crust:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 by 8-inch square baking dish with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

In a small bowl combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes, or until light golden and fragrant. Reduce heat to 325°F.

To make filling:

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. On low speed, add in the sour cream, eggs, vanilla, flour, and salt and beat until just combined. Be careful not to overmix. Pour the batter over the crust and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until cheesecake is slightly puffed and center is set. If the center is slightly jiggly, that's fine.

Let cool completely on a wire rack. Freeze for 3 hours, or until very cold and firm, or overnight.

To coat in chocolate:

Once frozen, lift cheesecake out of pan and gently peel away foil. Using a sharp knife, cut cheesecake into 36 bite-size squares. If squares become too soft, freeze until chilled again.

Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Place parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on a baking sheet. Dip cheesecake squares, one at a time, in the melted chocolate. Let the excess drip off and place on prepared sheet. Repeat for all the squares then refrigerate until the chocolate is set. Serve or store the squares in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Adapted from Taste of Home