Friday, March 14, 2014

Strawberry-Vanilla Cheesecake

The crust for this cake is a spin-off on the chocolate crust in Chocolate Chip Cheesecake With Easy From-Scratch Crust.

  • 2 8-oz blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar (I use brown)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons flour (I use whole wheat)
  • dash salt
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • Easy Vanilla Crust (recipe below)

Prepare crust. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Blend cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in strawberries. Pour onto crust. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cool for 1 ½ hours at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Garnish as desired with whipped cream, strawberries, and/or white chocolate shavings.

Easy Vanilla Crust
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup flour (I use whole wheat)

Grease a 9-inch spring-form pan. In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients. Stir in the melted butter and vanilla. Press into the bottom of prepared pan. Use in recipe.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Chocolate-Orange Cake

  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 ½ cups sugar (I use brown)
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • ½ cup orange juice concentrate
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour (I use whole wheat)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans. Blend egg yolks, sugar, melted butter, and orange juice concentrate in a large bowl. Sift cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour in a small bowl. (If you aren't that sophisticated, you can just mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl) Beat egg whites in a large bowl until stiff but not dry. Stir half of the flour mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Then fold in a third of the egg whites. Fold in the rest of the dry ingredients. Fold in the rest of the egg whites. Add chocolate chips. Gently fold until thoroughly mixed, but don't fold any more than necessary. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Let cool. Frost with chocolate frosting. Garnish as desired. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Onion-Garlic-Herb Bread

A few days ago we went somewhere and there was a garlic herb bread that someone had made, I only had a chance to smell it (I didn't taste it or see the recipe) so I'm not sure how close this is to it. Originally, I was planning to make a onion bread today, but I decided to add basil and oregano as well. We served it with salad and cottage cheese for lunch. 

  • 1 ½ cups warm water, 100-115 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup minced onion (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ garlic powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/3 cups flour (I use whole wheat)
In a large bowl, mix water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit five minutes, until foamy. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Knead for 5 minutes. Let rise for 1 ½ hours.
Divide the dough into two balls. Roll each ball out into a 10x8 inch rectangle. Roll up, starting at the 10-inch side. Pinch at seams and roll into a 16-18 inch “log”, tapering the ends. Let rise for 45-60 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Slash top of loaves every couple inches with a sharp knife. 
Optional: With a fork beat 1 egg white with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush onto the loaves to get a shiny-golden look.

Bake for 15 minutes.