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Churro Cheesecake

18 Jul

Yes, I said it… churro. freaking. cheesecake. Who doesn’t love a good churro? I came across these on pinterest and knew I had to try and make these bars. You don’t need that many ingredients and these are so decadent and delicious. What a happy cheesy cinnamony treat!

Cheesecake Churros
As adapted from oh bite it

Ingredients
2 cans (8 oz each) of Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls
2 packages (8 oz) of Philadelphia cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup of sugar, divided
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
Honey, amount to your liking

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Unroll one can of the Crescent dough and press it onto the bottom of a greased 13×9″ baking pan forming a bottom crust. Firmly press seams together sealing the dough to form one flat connected piece. Beat the cream cheese, vanilla, egg and 1/2 cup of the sugar on medium speed until blended. Spread it evenly across the crust in the pan. Unroll the other roll of dough and place directly on top of the cheesecake mixture, sealing seams together as well. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until the crust rises slightly and is golden brown. Drizzle honey on top of the crust to create a sticky base for the cinnamon sugar. Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar on top of the honey and cut into bar sized pieces to enjoy. Delish!

-M

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Amazing Apple Cake

17 Jun

The name says it all. Seriously – this is dreamingly (is that a word?) good. I love the texture of the soft apples with the crust of this cake that’s light and sweet. Perfect for breakfast or a great dessert with some tea and a spoonful of ice cream on top. Tip: re-warm this up too if you’re feeling frisky!

Amazing Apple Cake

Ingredients:
6 Granny smith apples, peeled and sliced thin
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 cups of canola oil or vegetable oil
2 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of almond extract
1 1/2 cups of flour
*For cinnamon brown sugar topping:
white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon mixed. 1.5 cups sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1-2 tsp cinnamon)

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a springform pan or bundt pan (or a removable bottom bundt pan like I used) spray the pan well with non-stick spray. If using a removable bottom bundt pan, line the pan on the outside with tin foil to prevent leaks in the oven. In a large bowl, prepare the batter by beating the eggs and sugar. Add the oil, vanilla, and almond extract and beat well, then stir in the flour. If it looks too sticky, add some water (not a lot). Set aside.

Peel and then slice the apples thinly. Assort them on the bottom of the pan – when you get through arranging about half the apples, sprinkle the tops with cinnamon brown sugar and pour half the batter on top. Wiggle the pan to allow the batter to sink down and around the apples. Repeat the above with the last half of the apples, pour batter on top and tap/shake the pan to allow the batter to sink down and around the apples. Cover with cinnamon brown sugar and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes depending on your oven. (Toothpick should be clean). Allow the cake to cool completely (put it into the fridge if necessary) and slice. Serve with or without ice cream. Enjoy!


Fun photo: me giving a Tupperware full of this deliciousness to my husbands co-residents, two surgeons in their last year of residency enjoying every second!
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-M

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

1 May

Surfing pinterest, I came across this delicious banana bread recipe. I recently made a different version and it was also yummy but a little sticky and I figured I should try different variations. This came out really good. Seriously – amazing. Super flavorful but at the same time light and would make for a perfect breakfast on the go. I will be making this time and time again!

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit

Ingredients
cups all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large)
¾ cup vegetable oil
Regular or mini chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°. Coat a loaf pan with nonstick spray. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add eggs, sugar, bananas, and oil and mix to combine everything. Add chocolate chips and stir. Scrape batter into prepared pan and wiggle the pan side to side to even everything out.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of bread comes out clean, about 35 minutes. 
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-M

Our Honeymoon – FOOD in Italy

27 Mar

As I noted in my previous post, we went to Italy for our honeymoon. The food in Italy is divine. Everything comes right off of the farm and right out of the goat. There is just no other word except perfection. It’s perfection at the core of every taste bud. I seriously love you guys, but there is no way I can remember every single one of these dishes below and what type of garnish, tomato, or sauce is on these dishes. I’ll leave it up to your imagination… I will just say it was made and eaten with love???

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-M

Sour Cream Cherry Torte

15 Dec

Mom – I know you’re reading this!! You always used to make this cake because its simple and easy and I loved it every time. Brings back so many memories every time I take a bite. Love you!

Ingredients:
16 oz sour cream
1 stick of unsalted butter (melted)
1 cup of sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 dash lemon juice
1.5 cups of flour
1 jar of cherry pie filling (or fruit of your choice)

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine melted butter, sour cream, eggs, and sugar in a bowl and stir until combined. Put in 1/2 tsp of baking soda and splash a dash of lemon juice over it to activate it. Stir mixture again. Finally, slowly add flour, 1/2 cup at a time until combined. The consistency should be like pancake batter, not too watery but not too thick. Add the jar of cherry pie filling slowly, trying to divide evenly throughout. It will go right on top – the cake will bake between the fruit.

So delicious!! Enjoy 🙂 this is one of my favorites!

M.S.