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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

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I’m a sucker for cheesecake! So when I came across this recipe for Caramel Apple Cheesecake on  http://www.365daysofbakingandmore.com/2012/02/day-348-caramel-apple-cheesecake-bars-for-the-secret-recipe-club/ I knew I had to try it. And you know what it is absolutely wonderful!

Okay a little honesty here. This is the first baked cheesecake I’ve tried and I was a little intimidated by it. But you know what? It was really easy! There are a lot of steps but they go quickly! I promise. 🙂

This is the recipe exactly as it appears on her site. I didn’t have any caramels but I did have some caramel Sunday topping so I used that. 🙂

Ingredients
Crust
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Cheesecake Filling
1 8oz. package cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Apple Layer
1 Granny Smith apple
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves

Streusel Topping
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup oats
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Caramel Drizzle
12 individually wrapped caramels
1 tablespoon heavy cream

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and prepare an 8 X 8-inch baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the crust: graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and melted butter, mixing well with a fork.
Place crust mixture into prepared baking dish, pressing down gently with your fingers.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until soft and smooth, about 2 minutes.
Add the sugar, egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
Pour over crust, spreading evenly.
In a medium bowl, combine ingredients for the apple layer:  brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.  Mix well.
Peel, core and dice the apple into small pieces.  Add to dry ingredients and toss to coat.
Distribute evenly over the cheesecake layer in the baking dish.
In another medium bowl, combine ingredients for streusel topping:  brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon, and melted butter.  Mix will until a coarse meal is formed.  Sprinkle evenly over apple layer.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until streusel is golden.
Transfer baking dish to a wire rack to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for an hour or more to set.
For the caramel drizzle, in a microwavable bowl, melt the caramels on increments of 30 seconds, until smooth, stirring in between.  Allow to cool slightly and stir in the heavy cream.
Drizzle with caramel sauce before serving.

till next time

Krista ❤

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Easy Homemade Ice Cream

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I recently picked up an ice cream maker on clearance and finally got around to trying it today. After looking around for an easy ‘no fail” recipe I found this one. Only 3 ingredients and about an hour? Sure! And taste? OMG! Delicious! Its like frozen whipped cream. So here it is:

 

1 1/2 cups Cold Whole Milk

1 1/8 cups Sugar

3 cups Cold Heavy Whipping Cream

1 1/2 TBS Pure Vanilla

 

Prepare your Ice Cream Maker.

With your mixer on low mix Whole Milk and  Sugar till well blended. Add Heavy Cream and Vanilla.

Continue per your Ice Cream Makers Instructions

The Best Cinnamon Rolls Ever!

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I have tried a few different recipes for cinnamon rolls and they were ok.  I had trouble finding the one that was something I would want to make again.  You know, the wow factor.  Then I was discussing this with a friend of mine during a summer wiffle ball game.  Turns out she has a great recipe.  I’m skeptical but I figure I will give it a shot.  Really I just figured the only good way to get a good cinnamon roll was to go buy them pre made at the store.  Oh boy was I ever wrong!  These are just fantastic.  Nothing but good things to say about these delicious beauties!  Here is the recipe.

Cinnamon Rolls

 

1 fourth cup melted butter

1 fourth cup water

1 cup of milk

2 tablespoons of sugar

1 egg

half a package of instant vanilla pudding

teaspoon of salt

4 cups of bread flour

2 and 1 half teaspoons of yeast

Add to bread machine and set to dough cycle. When done roll out (I cut my dough into 2 pieces and work from there) and smear with butter then put brown sugar on the dough and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Slice into strips with a pizza cutter with your desired thickness and roll.  They do not need to rise again, but sometimes I let them rise just a bit more to make them nice and puffy.  Bake at 350.  Frost with cream cheese frosting while still warm and ENJOY!

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I’ll be honest.  I have never actually timed how long it takes for these to bake.  I just go by smell and my nose never lies!  I would guess it’s about 35-40 minutes.  My pictures in no way to them justice, but I really don’t get much time to snap pictures.  They are gobbled up very quickly.

 

Easy Creamsicle Cupcakes

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I have been passing off these awesome cupcakes as homemade for months!  I mean, they were made at home, so they are homemade right?  Ok, ok, since I finally fessed up to the truth I can share this with you.  These are so easy and oh so delicious.  Here we go.

 

Creamsicle Cupcakes with cream cheese filling and orange cream cheese frosting

For the cupcakes purchase Pillsbury Orange Creamsicle cake mix and make according to the directions.  Once cool, core out the center of each cupcake unless you have a frosting tip that will pierce the cupcake.

Make a basic cream cheese frosting.

2 Sticks of butter softened

2 8oz packages of cream cheese

3-4 cups powdered sugar

1 TBS Vanilla

1-2 TBS Milk

Cream the butter and cream cheese together in your stand mixer, add vanilla and sugar slowly, adding milk as needed for texture.  Voila!  Cream cheese frosting is complete!

Fill a frosting bag with frosting and pipe frosting into the top of each cupcake.  Super difficult I know!

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Next take one container of Pillsbury Orange Creamsicle frosting and add it to the remaining cream cheese frosting.  Mix until combined in your stand mixer.

Fill a piping bag with frosting and whichever frosting tip you like (the first picture was a batch without a frosting tip) and frost those bad boys!  I like to sprinkle chocolate sprinkles (aka jimmies for my east coast friends) on top to make them look even more appealing.

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This does take a little time and effort, but really it is so easy to do and I have NEVER had anyone not absolutely love these!  I have to hide some in the fridge for a friend and his son and every time I text him and tell him I have cupcakes for him, he is always very excited!  I have made these for snacks at bible study, birthdays and just because.   These are just delicious.  Please try these and let me know how they go over.  I anticipate some very positive reviews!!

 

Lynn

Brownie Cheesecake

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Yep, that’s right.  Chocolate and cheesecake.  Twist my arm.  This is beyond sinful.  Oddly enough I looked for this recipe after my brother suggested it to me as something he made for a Superbowl party.  If my brother could do it, I had to be able to pull this off right?  Right!!  As you can see from my pictures I did not make any topping.  This is so incredibly rich that I just couldn’t handle it, but I know someone out there can!  This was really easy and came out wonderful.  I look forward to hearing about your take on it!

King Cake

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Ok, lets just start off with me saying I know Mardi Gras is over.  However, I have a niece who just loves these king cakes!  My brother in law came down to visit yesterday so I decided to try my luck with this recipe.  Now normally I am not the best at following directions, but for this recipe I followed to the letter and the result was great!  Everyone loved the cake and went on and on about how much better it was than the store bought ones.  This really is not a hard recipe, just a lot of steps.  I wish I had taken more pictures for you guys but I was trying to fix my laptop on the phone with my brother in Albany, NY and fielding multiple phone calls from work!  So while you only get one picture of the finished product, I now have a working laptop and can post again!!  YAY!  I looked over many recipes on Pinterest while trying to decide how to make this and here is the one I chose.  The directions are very detailed and easy to follow.  If you decide to try it, please let me know what you think!

 

http://www.barbarabakes.com/2011/03/mardi-gras-king-cake/#_a5y_p=1166494

Italian Chocolate Cake

I came across this recipe (not for the first time) here Chew Nibble Nosh. Looking through the recipe I thought it looked interesting 😉 then a friend told me that his mother used to make something like it when he was a kid! That was it – I had to make it!

So I looked through the ingrediance again……Riccotta?! Um OK……2 pounds?! Wow 😉

I have to admit that I expected 2 things

1 – it was going to be REALLY rich. And
2 – it was either going to be fantastic or a complete flop LOL

Well it was FANTASTIC! And while yes it was rich it wasn’t near as rich as I expected 🙂 And it looks like so much more work than it is! It’s really easy!

SO give it a try! It’s DELISHIOUS!!

By the way – make sure you have a good deep pan! This cake is HUGE! LOL

Italian Chocolate Love Cake

Cake
1 chocolate cake mix plus the ingrediance to make it
2 lbs Riccotta Cheese
4 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Frosting
1 small box instant chocolate pudding
1 cup milk
1 small tub cool whip

Directions

Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a 9×13 pan (grease and flour).

Prepare the chocolate cake according to package directions. Put in the bottom of the 9×13 pan

In a separate bowl combine the Riccotta, 4 eggs, sugar, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Pour on top of the chocolate cake mix. Yes I know this seems backward but trust me it will end up in the middle/bottom of the cake!

Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Let cool COMPLETELY before frosting! Overnight in the fridge is best!

Frosting
Combine instant pudding and 1 cup milk. Fold in the tub of cool whip until no white streaks are left. Spread over cooled/refrigerated cake.