Wednesday, March 22, 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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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hot Chocolate and More

Hot chocolate is one of my favorite things to drink and smell. Recently I discovered a few chocolate/cocoa scented items that I thought were interesting. I have had many chocolate sensed candles, and soaps but never perfume. I would be curious to see what chocolate perfume smells like. Although I am not sure that the one in the left corner is in my budget just now.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Chocolate Cake with Fudge Filling and Hershey's Chocolate Frosting for Valentines Day

Valentine's day and chocolate go hand in hand and I cannot think of a more special treat than one that you bake or make yourself. This scrumptious, moist, fudgy cake is perfect filled with fudge or a berry filling, and then frosted in my all time favorite Hershey's frosting. Of course you can frost with it buttercream as well, or any of your favorites frosting's. 

Recipe from Rumbly in my Tumble

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 

1/2 cup melted butter,

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup of hot coffee


Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease and flour your 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.  It’s supposed to be.
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 my 3 layers in 7 inch pans, that was about 15 minutes.  For 9 inch pans, that should be anywhere from 20-30 minutes.  Start checking around 15 minutes.
When you remove each cake from the oven, let it cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edges of the pan, and carefully tip the pan over on a cooling rack. If you used parchment on the bottom you can remove it. Let cakes cool completely before frosting. 

Assemble with fudge frosting in between layers and then frost with Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Frosting. 

Fudge Filling/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 which mix until creamy and cooled. 

Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Frosting


1 stick
butter, melted
2/3 cup of Hershey's cocoa powder
1/3 cup of milk
3 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp of vanilla

Melt butter in large bowl, whisk or use electric hand held mixer to blend in cocoa. Add one cup of powdered sugar, and a little milk, alternating between the two until both are used up and the frosting is creamy. Add vanilla and blend. Then use to frost the top and sides of the cake.  Garnish with 
Brach's cherry Hearts or your choice of candy if desired. 

I hope you try this cake or one of my 25 Favorite Chocolate Desserts for your Valentine or just for yourself!

Have a great day!

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