Posted in Baking, Cheesecake, Dessert, Entertaining, tagged bittersweet chocolate, cheesecake, chocolate, cream cheese, ganache, honey on April 22, 2016|
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Hannah graduates from SDSU in a couple of weeks and it was her last day working in our group. Sticking with tradition, we had a food day—no nuts, no peanut butter. Hannah loves chocolate and deep dark chocolate cheesecake with honey ganache is irrefutably the most decadent chocolate dessert I make. And eat.
Perhaps it was the cool air breezing through the kitchen window when I opened the oven door, or maybe I overbeat the batter like a cheesecake novice that I am not.
But no matter what it was, the crack in my cheesecake made the perfect cranny for the ganache to nestle into like a silk scarf tucked into a cashmere coat.
Candid iPhone picture while slicing the cheesecake
I’m hoping I can make the same mistake again. And again. And again.
Deepest Darkest Chocolate Cheesecake with Honey Ganache is on foodnetwork.com. I’ve used the recipe since 2013 when I shared it in Save the bees, make chocolate cheesecake with honey ganache. I use the ganache recipe for a lot of my desserts because I like to use locally-harvested honey instead of corn syrup.
Don’t be afraid to add the coffee to the filling and to the ganache. Just like in Is that coffee in your cookie or just intensified chocolate, coffee simply deepens the flavor of the chocolate.
Sweet mistake wishes,
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Posted in Baking, Candy & Other Sweets, Holiday, Kid Approved, tagged baking, cereal, chocolate, chocolate chips, comfort food, marshmallow, no-bake, peanut butter, sweets on January 10, 2016|
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Like speed limits, recipes are merely suggestions for when normal conditions exist. But who defines normal conditions? Maybe you never have a box of Chex cereal (or three) in your cupboard when you have the hankering to make traditional Chex™ Muddy Buddies™ so you have to think outside the box. Why not make puppy chow, also known as people chow, with the traditional peanut butter, chocolate chips, and powdered sugar but use your favorite cereals?
In my most recent batch, I folded in Golden Grahams, Corn Pops, and Corn Chex cereals for an even tastier version of puppy chow. I planned to toss in chow mein noodles but I forgot to add them. Did you know that if you store puppy chow in an airtight container in the refrigerator it stays crunchy longer?
You might also like Corn Pops Clusters.
If you have a box of Golden Grahams cereal, reserve four cups to make what will become a fight-over-the-last-piece family favorite: Marshmallow Creme Crunchy Graham Brownies.
Of course there’s always a special version of Chex Mix Like You Mean It.
Hodgepodge Puppy Chow with Corn Pops, Golden Grahams, Chex, and Chow Mein Noodles
9 cups of a combination of your favorite cereals and maybe chow mein noodles
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ cups powdered sugar
- Put all the cereal in a large bowl.
- In a saucepan over medium-low heat melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter together. Stir until melted and creamy. Remove from heat.
- Stir in vanilla.
- Pour chocolate mixture over cereal and toss until all the cereal is drenched in chocolate.
- Using a 2 or 2.5 gallon plastic zipper bag, dump in 1/2 cup powdered sugar, chocolate coated cereal, and top with remaining 1 cup powdered sugar. Seal bag and shake it like a Boggle game until everything is coated with powdered sugar (everything in the bag, not your kitchen).
- Spread the cereal mixture onto a sheet of wax paper until cooled.
- Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.
May your recipes feel like suggestions,
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