Game on!

I love to bake and cook from scratch. All that homemade goodness is aah… just pure bliss. Although it can be time consuming and challenging, especially with my kiddies running wild, but i love it. I love it all! Even this horrid, hot humid weather nowadays cant keep me away from my oven. But really, the rewards of my labor of love are all truly worth the effort.

Plus i definitely love to try out new recipes posted by the more experienced and amazingly creative bloggers out there. And i certainly love reading their stories and recipes, but a voice at the back of my head keeps pulling me back from trying out anything and everything for the fear of ‘what if it doesn’t turn out right?’…but hey voice! I’m stronger than you think.

Wondering what am i going on about?!

Now is the time to confess. I’m addicted to Pinterest. I cant stop gawking at those absolutely beautiful food photos that keep appearing on my screen. They are seriously jaw dropping material. So i have this recipe board over there where I stash all my collection to try out for later. And that later is NOW. I have over 200 pins so far and I’m going to pick the 10 most appealing pins that I’m going to recreate (for now at least). By recreating I mean to follow the recipe from the pin to the tee. Then lets see if that recipe is a yay or a nay!

So yes, It’s a challenge alright! Yeah, go on throw me that curve ball. I’m all warmed up and readddyyyyy to roll-that-dough!  Doesn’t it feel good to do something that makes you feel all excited and good inside? Absolutely. Simply put, I’m challenging myself to recreate in my kitchen those delicious looking recipes on my Pinterest Board.

Link to my Pinterest Board: http://www.pinterest.com/myfoodielife/my-recipe-stash/

 

 

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Brownie Cheesecake

What really tests my patience (besides my kiddo) is a cheesecake setting in my refrigerator. I like to leave it in there overnight, so when i wake up the next morning i have a beautiful chilled dessert to look forward to, and of course  my morning caffeine fix…very very important. Although I wonder why the first cup always tastes better? hmm. Well I’m sure there’s some chemistry there and I’m definitely not a scientific person.

Anyway let’s just keep talking about the velvety, smooth, tangy, and OH so sweet brownie cheesecake that i just attempted! This was an experimental combination for me, which im relieved didn’t turn out to be a disaster. But Im sure it can be better. The only thing i will change next time is to make the brownie base layer thinner…so it would be more cheesecake, less brownie. Still a delightful treat! Take a look…

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This no-bake cheesecake recipe is by far the easiest and fail proof recipe. For the base you can use any of your favorite brownie recipe. Please read on for my step by step process:

STEP 1: Make a simple brownie batter according to the recipe you are following. Bake in a springform pan. Set aside to cool completely.

STEP 2: Prepare the no-bake cheesecake batter.

INGREDIENTS: 

500 grams cream cheese (room temperature)

1 1/4 cup condensed milk

1/4 cup + 2 tblsp lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla essence

DIRECTIONS:

1. Using an electric mixer set at medium-high speed, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth.

2. Beat in the condensed milk a little at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.

3. Beat in the vanilla and lemon juice until all is nice and smooth.

STEP 3: Slice/tort the brownie into a 1″ or ideally half inch layer. Place it back into the pan. This is now your cheesecake base.

note: I found it helpful to line the cake pan with wax paper before pouring the cheesecake batter in. It was much easier and neater when i took the chilled cake out. 

STEP 4: Pour the cheesecake batter onto this brownie base. Even it out with a spatula.

STEP 5: Cover with cling film and let it set and chill in the refrigerator overnight.

STEP 6: Next morning carefully take the cake out of the pan. For the top layer i simply blitzed the remaining brownie cake that i had in a food processor along with some toasted almonds. Then simply sprinkle on top of the cake and slice away!