Friday, February 26, 2016

Cherry and Chocolate Cheesecake Cups

Within the last few months my cravings for sweets have dramatically increased... thanks pregnancy!


I have definitely indulged in the dessert category of Pinterest a little more than usual, including this delicious No Bake Cherry and Chocolate Cheesecake recipe that I found on the blog "Cravings of a Lunatic." As usual, I made a few modifications based on what we had in our pantry and it definitely hit the sweet cravings spot!

Cherry and Chocolate Cheesecake Cups

Ingredients for the base:
  • 28 Oreos (crushed into crumbs)
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp sugar
Ingredients for cherry filling:
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 12 maraschino cherries (chopped)
  • 2 tsp juice from maraschino cherry jar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
Ingredients for chocolate filling:
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 tbsp semisweet chocolate (melted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate (grated)
Optional garnishes:
  • Whipped cream
  • Grated chocolate
  • Maraschino cherry

Directions for the base:
  1. Crush the Oreos and combine with sugar.
  2. Melt the butter and combine with Oreos. 
  3. Set aside.
Directions for cherry topping:
  1. Whip the heavy cream until it is fluffy then set aside.
  2. Mix the cream cheese with the powdered sugar.
  3. Mix the chopped cherries, cherry juice, vanilla extract, and salt into the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Fold in the whipped heavy cream until it is combined with the cherry cream cheese mixture. 
  5. Set aside.
Directions for chocolate topping:
  1. Whip the heavy cream until it is fluffy then set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate - be careful to not burn it, melt it until it is smooth. 
  3. Mix cream cheese with powdered sugar. 
  4. Mix in melted chocolate, vanilla extract, and salt into the cream cheese mixture. 
  5. Fold in whipped heavy cream and grated chocolate until it is combined with the chocolate cream cheese mixture. 
  6. Set aside.
Directions for combining it all together:
  1. Find small cups or glasses to put the mixture in (the number you will need will depend on the size - I made most of mine in small mason jars and made about 6-8). 
  2. Put about 2 tbsp of the Oreo base in the bottom of the cups. Push down evenly against the bottom.
  3. Next put the cherry topping into the cups - fill up so that the cherry filling takes up about 1/3 of the cup. 
  4. Then put the chocolate topping into the cups and once again, fill up so that the chocolate topping takes up about 1/3 of the cup. 
  5. Garnish with whipped cream, grated chocolate, and a maraschino cherry. Enjoy!




Friday, January 1, 2016

French Toast Bake

Happy New Year! We had some leftover french bread from doing fondue on NYE so I was looking for a recipe to use it up and found this one from All Recipes. It was perfect! Easy to make and a delicious use of the rest of the bread.

French Toast Bake


Ingredients: 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Approximately 8 ounces of french bread, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon (to sprinkle over top)
  • Brown sugar (to sprinkle over top)
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Grease a 11" x 7" baking dish
  3. Put the 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup of brown sugar in a small saucepan on medium-low heat. Stir until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved into the butter.
  4. Pour the brown sugar butter mixture into the bottom of the baking dish.
  5. Whisk milk, eggs, and vanilla extract together in a medium bowl. Add the bread to the mixture and stir so that every piece of bread has been soaked in the mixture. 
  6. Put the bread (and any remaining milk-egg-vanilla mixture) in the baking dish. 
  7. Sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar over the top.
  8. Bake until browned and bubbling, between 25-30 minutes. 
  9. Serve with fruit or whipped cream or just eat by itself.