Tiramisu Cheesecake and Big News!

tiramisu cheesecake

If you have been following my blog/social media for a while you will already know how much I believe in shopping local. Not only is the customer service experience so much better, but you typically find much better product.

I am excited to announce my long time favorite appliance store is partnering up with kelliericecakes.com! We will be doing a live cooking demo in their Viking show kitchen!

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I welcome anyone local to stop by! If you aren’t local keep a look out for our instastories to follow along! @kelliericecakes and @maconappliance

The menu is created around those moments when you suddenly have guests come over and you want to look like you have it together. I am creating three easy recipes that will look like you spent all day in the kitchen!

Now on to the Tiramisu Cheesecake!

tiramisu cheesecake

Two of our favorite desserts are Tiramisu and Cheesecake. Combined the two and wow! You have that creamy cheesecake bite with lots of rich coffee flavor. Seriously, the perfect dessert for coffee lovers. This cake received a unanimous thumbs up from the entire family.

tiramisu cheesecake

Imagine a graham cracker crust, a layer of coffee dipped lady fingers, smooth vanilla cheesecake, a layer of dark chocolate ganache and whipped cream. Yes please! I will take a slice with my morning coffee…

tiramisu cheesecake

Tiramisu Cheesecake and Big News!
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8-10
 
Graham cracker crust layered with coffee dipped lady fingers, creamy vanilla cheesecake, and dark chocolate ganache!
Ingredients
  • 24 ounces of cream cheese at room temp
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of strong coffee
  • 1 package of lady fingers
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp of melted butter
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup of whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Mix the melted butter, brown sugar, and graham cracker crumbs
  3. Pack into the bottom of an 8 in spring form pan
  4. Bake for 5 minutes then let cool
  5. Mix together the sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla
  6. Add the eggs one at a time
  7. Mix in the sour cream
  8. Dip lady fingers into the coffee and layer over the graham cracker crust
  9. Sprinkle cocoa powder over the lady fingers
  10. Pour the cheesecake mixture on top
  11. Bake for 20 minutes at 400*
  12. Lower the heat to 325 and continue to bake until the top is slightly browned and the cake only jiggles slightly
  13. Let cool to room temp before placing the the fridge
  14. For the ganache:
  15. Pour the chocolate and cream into a bowl and microwave 30 seconds at a time until the cream slightly bubbles
  16. Stir until thick and smooth
  17. Pour over the cheesecake and let set until completely chilled
  18. * Since I covered the cheesecake in ganache I wasn't too worried about cracking. You can make a traditional water bath for the cheesecake to bake in if you want a perfectly smooth top.

tiramisu cheesecake

Make at your own risk! This is very hard to resist! :p

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(Easy) Holiday Appetizer Platter

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holiday platter

I love when we go to parties and they have platters of meats, cheeses and crackers. Holiday appetizer platters are so beautiful and universal. Actually, I attended a friend’s wedding and she had piles of different meats, fruits, cheeses, crackers, and breads. It was absolutely a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Patrick and I like to invite our friends over for game nights and this is one of my easy go to appetizers. Bonus- it won’t break the bank.

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This bacon dip is the star of the show. I have to confess- I’m pretty sure I have already posted this dip recipe on the blog. I have now made it so many times that I believe I have perfected the recipe. I still remember the first time I tried this dip. We went to a friend’s house for dinner and her mother in law pulled this dish out. I usually avoid creamy dips. There are just so many others I prefer, but this one had such an awesome bacon fragrance. Who says no to bacon? It is so cheesy, sweet, and a little spicy. Perfect with this bread!

holiday platter

Since I made a lot of bacon for the dip and the tray I had a pan filled with bacon grease left over. I decided to take a spoonful of the grease and heat it with some roasted garlic. I flash fried my butterflied shrimp then seasoned them with salt and pepper. Super easy and delicious!

holiday entertaining

You can definitely pick up some baguettes or crackers for the tray, but I used my favorite bread recipe. You can find it here. I love boars head sausage so I picked up a roll along side some briny marinated olives.

The best part about these platters is how easy to customize they are.  You can just buy whatever is on sale or whatever you are feeling that day.

(Easy) Holiday Appetizer Platter
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A holiday platter filled with tasty goodies!
Ingredients
  • For the Dip:
  • ½ pound of thick sliced bacon, cooked and chopped ( cook a few extra pieces to add on the board if you want)
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • ½ cup of pepper jelly
  • 1 cup of mozzarella (smoked mozz is also awesome)
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • For the shrimp:
  • 1 tbsp of bacon grease
  • 1 pound of shrimp
  • fresh garlic or roasted garlic chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • For the platter:
  • 1 cup of peppers
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 1 cup of marinated olives
  • 1 head of garlic roasted
  • bread or crackers
  • salami or sausage sliced
  • For the honey mustard:
  • ¼ cup of boards head honey mustard
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • 2 tbsp of grainy mustard
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix the cream cheese and jelly.
  3. Add in the bacon, garlic and pepper.
  4. Add half a cup of cheese and mix throughout.
  5. In a baking dish pour the cream cheese mixture and top with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes until brown and bubbling.
  7. In a frying pan heat the bacon grease and garlic.
  8. Flash fry the shrimp until pink.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. In a bowl mix the mustard, honey, and honey mustard. (SO easy!)
  11. Arrange everything on a platter or large baking sheet.
  12. Enjoy!

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I hope I was able to make your holiday a little easier!

 

 

 

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