Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Oreo Crust (Basic New York Cheesecake Recipe)

Basic Cheesecake recipe

One of my favorite cheesecake recipes is the Italian Cheesecake recipe that I posted previously.  However, that cheesecake recipe calls for specialty ingredients (mascarpone cheese + ricotta cheese) which can be somewhat expensive and a little bit harder to find – so I don’t make it all the time.  Most of the time, I use this recipe instead [...]

Easy (no bake) Chocolate Silk Pie with Oreo Cookie Crust (Chocolate Mousse Tofu Pie)

chocolate silk pie

When making chocolate mousse (or chocolate silk) pie… a number of recipes call for raw egg white.  You can always use pasteurized egg white if you are worried about salmonella – but those recipes are typically more complicated to make.  Sometimes, I just don’t have the time. This recipe is SUPER SIMPLE, and can be [...]

Cake Batter Fudge aka “Birthday Cake Fudge” (No bake recipe, made with boxed cake mix)

cake batter fudge1

In my free time, I like to go through the “food & drink” section of Pinterest, and drool all over the delicious looking photos.  Making the rounds around Pinterest… I’ve seen several links for versions of “Cake Batter Fudge”.  After seeing the pictures of Cake Batter Fudge over and over… I couldn’t take it anymore, [...]

Homemade Mini Quiche Appetizers (quick microwave recipe)

Mini Quiche Appetizers

With several holidays just around the corner… Halloween, Thanksgiving… and all the December holidays… many of us may need appetizer recipes that are easy to prep and serve.  Mini quiches are the answer!  You can make the tart shells for these mini quiches a few days ahead of time, then add whatever ingredients you have [...]

Rugelach (Walnut & Cinnamon Sour Cream Crescent Pastry)

Rugelach:  Walnut & Cinnamon Sugar Pastries

Rugelach are delicious cookie-sized crescent shaped pastries –  traditionally made with a yeast leavened dough containing sour cream, wrapped around some sort of sweet filling (walnuts, cinnamon, raisins, poppy seed, marzipan, jam, etc.).  Although they are quite simple to make, they look very impressive and are the perfect little treat to go with afternoon tea [...]

Baking 101: The basics of baking (Tips for successful baking)

Baking 101:  Tips for successful baking

When I was learning how to bake, I made A LOT of mistakes.  Neither of my parents had ever baked anything… and I had no one to show me the right way to do things.  So I just did things… a lot… over and over until I got it right.  In the process, I have [...]

Homemade Mini Tartlet Desserts (How to make Mini Tarts)

Homemade Mini Tart Desserts

Last week, I posted a recipe and method for making mini tart shells using my new Williams-Sonoma mini tart baking set.  You can make a few batches of these shells and fill with a variety of flavors for some very beautiful and impressive looking desserts!  I made: pineapple tarts, chocolate ganache with peanut butter cream, [...]

Homemade Mini Tart Shells (How to make tartlet shells)

Homemade Mini Tarts

This past weekend, I was browsing at the UTC Williams-Sonoma store, and saw a bunch of really cool baking pans and gadgets that I wanted to get.  What really caught my eye was a Tartlet Baking Set… it’s a non-stick tartlet pan (it looks like the tart version of a muffin pan) that comes with a [...]

What to do with leftover cake or cake crumbs

10 things to do with leftover cake crumbs

Awhile back, I spent the day trying to figure out the Starbucks Lemon Pound Cake recipe.  After baking three loaves in a row, making changes here and there… I think I came pretty close.  The first loaf… was just ok.  The second… better, but still not exactly what I wanted.  The third… score!  That was [...]

How to make homemade Cannoli shells and filling

Make your own Cannoli at home!

Fresh cannolis are one of my favorite Italian (Sicilian) pastries… crisp flaky pastry on the outside, sweet creamy filling on the inside… yum!  Good cannoli are hard to find, though… not very many places around here sell them fresh, and nothing is worse than taking home a soggy cannoli!  My solution, of course, was to [...]