I am home! I have spent the past 16 days in Australia, I spent most of my time at Bondi Beach and Sydney but visited Brisbane for two nights. It was a wonderful experience and I am so blessed and thankful I was able to go. It was a 15 hour flight each way! Luckily, I am used to flying to England, a 10 hour flight, so it wasn’t that bad.
Bondi Beach was gorgeous! There was a pool right on the beach, Bondi Icebergs, it was so cool.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries Stuffed with Cheesecake
So you already know about my obsession with chocolate covered strawberries so when I saw a picture of strawberries stuffed with cheesecake batter I thought why the heck not use chocolate covered strawberries?? Well they were amazing!!! Afterwards I was online and saw a picture of chocolate covered strawberries stuffed with cheesecake on Pinterest so its going around.. as it should be so yummy!
Fresh strawberries (the bigger the better)
Milk or Dark Chocolate ( chips are fine or go for a nicer chocolate finely chopped)
8 oz Cream Cheese at room temperature
1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
Strawberries and Chocolate:
Wash strawberries and dry completely
When cutting the stems off the berries I used a knife and went down and around creating sort of an upside down cone out of the strawberry, creating room for the cheesecake filling
Set aside a cookie sheet and top it with wax paper
Melt the chocolate over a double broiler be careful to watch it constantly so the chocolate doesn’t over cook, if it goes just a bit too far then it will harden and there is NO going back! For example, if using chips I let them melt almost all the way ( as they begin to lose their chip shape) then I take the bowl off of the double broiler and mix it until completely smooth.
Dip the strawberries and lay them on the wax paper to harden
Put cream cheese into a bowl of an electric mixer and whip until light and fluffy. The cream cheese MUST be at room temperature or it will contain tons of little bumps.
Add the sugar and vanilla.
Use a pastry bag to pipe the cheesecake batter into the strawberries. It’s best to add the cheesecake to the strawberries right before serving.
Note: You could always dip the top the cheesecake into graham cracker crumbs, I didn’t as I was out of graham crackers but next time I will
A few weeks ago a dear friend left all of us in Orange County to start a fabulous adventure in Zambia for The Peace Corps! We had a fantastic party to send her away with lots of great friends and food. I made some desserts and also made these scrumptious tomato capresse skewers. They are SOO easy and SOO delicious! A must make for any party you are throwing.
Salt & Pepper
Olive Oil & Vinegar
How to assemble:
First soak your toothpicks in a bowl of lukewarm water for 30 minutes -1 hour. (This helps prevent the toothpicks from splitting)
Next just press one toothpick into one grape tomato, one mozzarella ball and one fresh basil leaf.
Once you are finished sprinkle some salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar over the top.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combined.
Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. Place chocolate bars over dough. 2 king-sized Hershey’s bars should fit perfectly side by side, but break the chocolate (if necessary) to get it to fit in a single layer no more than 1/4 inch thick. Spread chocolate with marshmallow creme or fluff. Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff (most easily achieved by flattening the dough into small shingles and laying them together).
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
Baileys Irish Cream and Cookies together? Yes! And they were DELICIOUS! So amazing!!
1 cup of butter softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 whole eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
8 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream Liquor
2 2/3 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 cups cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. In a bowl of an electric mixer cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Add in Bailey’s one tablespoon at a time. Add flour, cocoa powder, instant coffee, baking soda and salt and mix until combined.
Fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for 4-6 hours. Roll dough into balls and set on a baking sheet lined with a silpat liner. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Chocolate covered strawberries are classic. They NEVER get old. And the options are endless. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate but whatever you do please spend the extra money for the good quality chocolate it really does make all the difference. Feel free to dip them in just about anything chocolate chips, any kind of nuts, crushed Oreo cookies, Heath bits, crushed pretzels or graham crackers, sprinkles, even caramel! Get creative! 🙂 Over the years I have made tons of different kinds of chocolate covered strawberries but my favorites seem to be chocolate covered rolled in crushed Oreo cookies and chocolate covered rolled in a mixture of Heath Toffee Bits and finely chopped almonds! Delish!
In five short weeks I will be headed on a 15hr plane ride to Sydney, Australia!! This will be my first vist to a country below the equator. My sister will accompany me as we set out for a memorable holiday. We are lucky enough to be staying with my cousin Lucy who lives in Bondi Beach. I am thrilled and cannot wait to share pictures I will have taken myself. Now in the mean time if I can control my shopping habits and sugar habits I will be ready for the beach! 🙂
Over the past few years I have become very involved in blogs and thought it was about time to start my own. I currently have a Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Tumblr and Pinterest so I thought it was only natural to add this. Besides my family and friends there are 3 main things that my life revolves around desserts, traveling and shopping