Saturday, January 15, 2011

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake

This is one of my favorite cheesecake recipes to make for a party! Its always a hit =-)

2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs - (more if needed)
1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts -- coarsely chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter -- melted
4 tablespoons golden brown sugar - (firmly packed)
1 pinch salt
4 packages cream cheese - (8 oz ea) -- room temperature
1 1/2 cup golden brown sugar - (firmly packed)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 1/2 cups Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in 3/4" pieces
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips - (12 oz)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup whipping cream

For Crust: Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Butter 9-inch spring form pan. Mix chocolate cookie crumbs, chopped peanuts, melted butter, brown sugar and pinch of salt in bowl until well combined.

Press mixture evenly onto bottom and sides of pan. Bake until set, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool. Reduce oven to 325 degrees F.

For Filling: Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and brown sugar in large bowl until smooth. Add peanut butter and vanilla extract and beat just until blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Add whipping cream and beat until smooth. Stir in peanut butter cup pieces. Pour filling into crust.

Bake until sides of cake are set, but center still moves slightly, about 55 minutes. Cool cake in pan.

For Topping: Place all ingredients in microwavable bowl and heat at 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue to heat at 10 second intervals until chocolate is barely melted. Do Not Overheat. Stir until smooth and pour over top of cheesecake, spreading chocolate to edges. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

♥  Rach

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Caramel sauce that will knock your socks off!

1/2 cup of honey
1 stick of butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 can of sweetened condensed milk

Put the honey, butter and brown sugar into a sauce pan. Cook while stirring constantly until the mixture comes to a slight boil. Add sweetened condensed milk, stirring until mixture is mixed through. Take off heat and cool.

Serve on warm apple pie, apples, vanilla ice cream.... the sky is the limit with this one! I have tried over 10 caramel recipes and this my friends is THE best by far!

I warn you though....

Its just that Good! =-)

- Rach

Monday, January 3, 2011

The perfect whole wheat waffles

These are the best whole wheat waffles you will taste. Hands down!

1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup white all purpose flour
3 tsp of baking powder
2 TBSP of brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 vegetable oil
1 3/4 cup milk (soy milk works too)

Combine all your ingrediants and mix for 2 minutes in the mixer. Bake in waffle iron and top with desired toppings.

These are VERY poplular at my house on lazy saturday mornings. They are also great to warm up in the toaster the next morning !

- Rach

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Ginger Cheesecake Desert

pouch Betty Crocker® gingerbread cookie mix
cup butter or margarine, softened
tablespoon water
can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
cup fresh lemon juice
cups frozen (thawed) whipped topping
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, water and egg until soft dough forms.
  2. Make 5 cookies by shaping dough into 5 (1-inch) balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.
  3. Meanwhile, press remaining dough in pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. In large bowl, beat milk, cream cheese and lemon juice with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over cooled cookie base.
  5. Crumble 5 baked cookies; sprinkle over cream cheese mixture. Cover; refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled. Store covered in refrigerator.


Delicious turkey burgers with red pepper sauce

I am excited to share cooking tips and recipies with you all!

So here we go!
3 pds of ground turkey
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs (if they are plain, add poultry seasoning and cilantro)
2 eggs
1/2 cup dried onion
...2 eggs
1/4 cup pureed roasted red peppers
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sea salt (regular works too =-)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp of Worsh. sauce
dash of liquid smoke (amazing stuff....add it to your split pea soup and it creates miracles!)

In your mixer add turkey and all the ingredants EXCEPT flour. Mix until combined. From into patties and dip in flour. shake off excess flour, then grill patty. The flour creates a nice crisp crust.


‎1 cup mayo
1/2 cup roasted red pepper
dash of salt and pepper
1 tsp of garlic powder

...Blend in your food processor and top your burgers with slice of cheddar cheese, fresh lettuce, red onion, tomatos and special sauce.
From my kitchen to yours! Enjoy =-)
- Rach