Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blueberry Cheesecake

It`s almost berry season and I`m completely excited! Many of my family and friends love berries in their dessert, so I`m going to love the opportunity to surprise them with berry desserts in the coming months! Maybe it`s because I live in California, but I actually bake with blueberries all year around. I believe it`s a myth that frozen fruits and vegetables are bad for you. They are almost the same, nutrient-wise.

Anyhoo, one of my "baby" cousins turned 15 years old recently so I asked him what he wanted me to bake for this special occassion. His request was blueberry cheesecake! Before I continue onto this wonderful cheesecake, I must add that I used to watch this kid play Legos when he was 7. Heck, I even played along with him and his brother! Now, he`s in high school and I`m applying to graduate school. We can`t stop growing older, huh? Where are you, Peter Pan?!!

Okay, back to this beautiful cheesecake. As I have mentioned before, we are all blueberry lovers here. I also believe most of the world are as well. Yet, when you search for a good blueberry cheesecake recipe, they`re usually just a plain cheesecake with either fresh blueberries or a blueberry sauce on top. That`s hardly a blueberry cheesecake, people. I`ve seen some recipes with a blueberry swirl but, as pretty as they look, I still want more of that blueberry flavor.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dulce de Leche

People. I must make a declaration. This dulce de leche is indescribable in the best way possible . I`ve always known my love for it since I first tired Haagen Dazs's dulce de leche ice cream. In college, whenever there was a sale, I would be in line to buy tubs of dulce de leche ice cream. Especially, during exams! My love for the ice cream was famous among my friends.

So, I have NO idea why it took me so long to make dulce de leche at home! I`m sure you have seen a ton of techniques to make this magicalness (yeah, I just made that word up), like in a slowcooker using cans of sweetened condensed milk.

I`m not one to lick things off spoons, like batter or Nutella. Is it weird for a foodie to not like eating Nutella by the spoonful? Trust me, I LOVE Nutella, but it`s too sweet for me to eat off a spoon. Peanut butter...now, that`s a different story. I can eat half a jar of peanut butter with just a spoon. However, this dulce de leche? It's completely and totally spoon-lick-able worthy.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Applesauce Pancakes

Yay for breakfast! With healthy apples, nonetheless. I`ll admit, I`m a waffles person, but that didn`t stop me from eating all of these pancakes. :) Pancakes are an essential breakfast item and I`m a self-proclaimed breakfast lover, which means I will always welcome them into my belly.

Plus, they`re easier to make compared to waffles (I didn`t want to take out my waffle maker). Haha! But, trust me, you`ll love these. The pancakes themselves do not include any butter, oil, or fatty ingredients. Along with your typical pancake ingredients, they`re made with unsweetened applesauce and vanilla yogurt. So, I guess you can even say these are healthier than your typical pancakes.

Friday, April 11, 2014

White Chocolate Lemon Brownies

I`m glad my addiction for endless lemon flavored desserts will now match the bright, sunny weather outside! These lemon brownies are going to knock your pants/socks/clothes/etc off. Haha! I nearly rolled over when I took my first bite. It was beyond delicious, people!

These bars have a denser crumb texture compared to a typical cake, similar to a brownie (but, not a fudgey brownie). I added some white chocolate, since I completely adore the combination. My friend and I baked a white chocolate lemon cheesecake once and it was unforgettable. I knew I couldn`t go wrong by adding that white chocolate taste to complement the lemon.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Braided Biscoff Apple Bread

It seems like Summer`s weather is coming super early for Southern California. This week is all high 80s!! I know, I don`t like the rain, but we could really use it. Haha.

Okay, so this recipe is incredibly simple and definitely feels out of season for Spring. I mean, apples? Many food blogs aim to use seasonal ingredients and I try to do the same, as well. But living in SoCal, it`s hard for me, since the fruits I always crave for are sold all the time! :P

I love apple desserts so much, I crave for them year-around. (Just like, ice cream.) Heck, you only need 1 apple for this recipe, so it doesn`t really matter if they`re in season. The weather is getting warm, so you probably want to avoid the oven. This simple recipe will get you a wonderful treat, without much work!