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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

9 Dec

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I am legitimately excited for the holidays.
Especially the baking.
If you own a pinterest account, I bet you have been searching for the right recipes for the days leading up to Christmas.
Its a time to experiment, gain weight, satisfy your sweet tooth, and empty your bank account.
Is it worth it? Baking and then stuffing your face with the yummy creation that looks nothing like the picture?
Of course.
I have found THE BEST Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bar recipe (thanks to the-girl-who-ate-everything.com).
Behold…..
Crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Apples:
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Streusel Topping:
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
Drizzle:
1/2 cup caramel topping for drizzling after baked
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9×13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.
In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.

For the streusel topping:
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. I like to really combine it by using my clean hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture.

Sprinkle Streusel topping over apples. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool. Serve cold and enjoy! Make 16 servings.

 

Winter Weight and Thanksgiving Pants

6 Oct

The “Winter Weight” is just around the corner.

That’s right, ladies.

But don’t start pulling out your thanksgiving pants like Joey (from the T.V. show, Friends).

In fact, you don’t have to gain a pound. And if you do…think of the quote from the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”….

“Let me ask you something…In all the years that you have undressed in front of a gentleman, has he ever asked you to leave? Has he ever walked out and left? No? It’s because he doesn’t care! He’s in a room with a naked girl – he’s just won the lottery! I am so tired of saying no. I’m tired of waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before, counting every calorie I consumed so I know just how much self loathing to take into the shower. I’m going for it. I have no interest in being obese, I’m just through with the guilt. So this is what I’m going to do: I’m going to finish this pizza, and then we are going to go watch the soccer game, and tomorrow we are going to go on a little date and buy ourselves some bigger jeans.”
So…ask me how you don’t have to gain any weight during the holidays?
The answer is quite simple.
1. Get a Pinterest account.
2. Find recipes for healthy holiday food.
3. Find exercise routines.
4. Make the recipes you pinned.
5. Actually do the workouts that you planned so well in your mind.
If you really don’t think that will work…here is another idea….
1. Get a Pinterest account.
2. Find recipes for yummy, unhealthy holiday food
3. Delete “Exercise” board.
4. Make the recipes you pinned.
5. Sample every food at is offered to you.
6. Buy a bigger pair of jeans.

Giant Cupcake

11 Jan

One of my Christmas gifts this year was a Colossal Cupcake mold.

It was a three piece set, a bottom, top, and a filling insert. All made out of silicone.

For those of you who don’t know….I am an avid baker. Muffins, cakes, and cookies are my thing.

So when I saw this new gift I recieved, I was estatic! I mean what fun would that be to make and decorate a huge cupcake?

The only thing that worried me was the fact it was made out of silicone and the box came with a piece of paper that said “Mold needs a breaking in period. May have a slight odor the first few times of use.”

Uh-oh.

One of my favorite parts of baking, is the smell that comes out of the oven. So upon learning that it will stink up the house, I was a little sad…and worried. Because it was my first time using silicone, I was worried the smell might affect the taste.

Well.

After my first attempt, using the silicone cupcake pan, I fear that I will never use metal or glass pans again.

Yup. That’s right.

My favorite part about it was that it was easy to wash and the cake popped out of the mold very easily.

My least favorite part(s)…the smell of the silicone baking didn’t really smell good, but that should go away with more use. I also found that after filling it with batter, it gets very flimsy. I highly advise you to place it on a cookie sheet or your oven will be cake batter central.

Now I have to admit something. Everytime I bake something new, something goes wrong. Whether it be too-sweet frosting or a cake rising way over top and spilling all the contents in the oven. Because this was my first time making a giant cupcake, of course something went wrong.

The mold on the right it the top, the middle was the filling insert, and the left was the bottom.

It told me not to grease the two pans (the bottom and top), so I didn’t. It said to use the box cake mix, which I did (filling the molds like the directions said). The directions also said to cook it like the box said. It needed about 45 minutes.

They were wrong.

It takes about an hour and 20 minutes.

Now, the top mold is shaped like a cone so it cooks unevenly. I still haven’t figured out a solution for that.

When they were finally done, I popped the cake out of the bottome mold. Easy as pie. When I tried popping the cake out of the top mold, it stuck to the pan and I had a deformed cupcake top.

The top either cooked too much or just needed some non-stick spray.

I didn’t use the top mold when decorating. Instead I made tres leche cake with the top.

I decorated the bottom and it tasted great (and it looked pretty cool).

What the cupcake should look like with the top.

Overall, Colossal Cupcakes are cool and are approved by kids and adults. Sweet treats for all!!

 

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